Fellipe Andrew made a huge impact at this year’s European championship when he won the gold in the black belt absolute in spectacular fashion. The Zenith black belt became the first man to submit Keenan Cornelius at black belt, with a spectacular triangle.
In this interview, his now former coach Robert Drysdale said:
“I think it’s the culmination of what everybody has been saying: this kid is going to be the best in the world. Today’s result is the beginning of this and we just have to make him believe in his potential.This kid is going to outdo Buchecha.”
Fellipe has now announced that he would be leaving the Zenith BJJ association to join powerhouse Alliance. He wrote on his IG:
“Well guys, as everything in life has a cycle … today another one ended in my life, which was my participation in the @zenithmatrizbrasil team!
I wanted to tell everyone that this was my and @rodrigocavaca’s decision … we were already planning this.
My respect, love, and affection for Cavaca remain the same, not least because I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to thank or repay everything that this guy has already done for me. If today I am who I am this guy was one of the great responsible people in my life.
I received a lot of messages today from people asking what had happened, people saying they are sad … but I guarantee you, in this Jiujitsu life I learned that friendship goes much further than any flag!
As of today I will be representing @alliancejjassociation, but my friendship remains the same!
So let’s stop anything that feels like good bye, because this is just another new beginning in my life.
Thank you @johnnysd @fabiogurgel @bbbyjjitsu for welcoming me and for this great reception, I hope to add to you in the same way that I did my whole life since I started in this sport!”
The 25 year old Andrew had already a tremendous 2019 season winning gold at Europeans in the super heavyweight division, took first place in his weight class at Pans, and won his division at Brasileiros in 2018.
Andrew trained with Rodrigo Cavaca from blue to black belt and moved to the U.S. in 2019 to join Drysdale at his Las Vegas academy.
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