Brazil enjoyed three wins on the second day of the IMMAF Pan American Championships in Monterrey ©IMMAF

Brazilian trio Giulliany Perea, Josiane Oliveira and Ana Vitoria Diniz booked their place into the finals of their respective weight categories at the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) Pan American Championships in Mexican city Monterrey.

Perea submitted Colombia’s Danielle Duque with a kneebar in the first round of the semi-finals of the women’s strawweight division.

Oliveira made it a double over Colombia by stopping Paula Aguilera in the second round of her women’s bantamweight bout before Diniz claimed an armbar victory over Mexico’s Perla Mendoza Gonzalez in the women’s featherweight class.

After a strong opening day, the United States team endured a mixed bag of results today.

Hope Holmes came unstuck against Mexico’s Valeria Gomez who continued her fine form with a first-round rear-naked choke win in the women’s strawweight division.

Gomez, a world junior silver medallist, will next face Perea in the final.

American Carlos Nanez also suffered a defeat, losing to Aruba’s sole entry Joshua Paredes over three rounds in the men’s bantamweight semi-final.

There was an all-American men’s featherweight semi-final where Jonathan Powell overcame David Camacho over three rounds.

Shane Collins defeated Imran Hall of Jamaica in the men’s lightweight division, while Gabe Rednose saw off Ronnie Chadband of Trinidad and Tobago in the men’s light heavyweight category to ensure the US team have six finals scheduled for tomorrow.

Colombia’s Oscar Mateo Lara Cuellar secured his slot in the finals by making it two wins in as many days.  

After beating Jese Negron yesterday, the Colombian then downed another Puerto Rican in Joel Torres by unanimous decision to seal a meeting with Mexico’s Jaime Sierra in the division decider.

Emiliano Gonda kept Uruguay’s gold medal hopes alive by submitting Mikhell Allen of Trinidad and Tobago with a guillotine choke in the men’s middleweight class semi-finals.

The day came to an end with victories for Guyana’s Carl Ramsay and Trinidad and Tobago’s Jeremy Rodulfo.

Ramsay and Rodulfo will now go head-to-head in the men’s heavyweight final after beating Mexican challengers Juan Morales Rodriguez and Marco Mendez Rodriguez respectively.

Competition is due to continue tomorrow.