In the first EVER edition of 'This Week in BJJ' presented by The Grapple club, we cover what went down in the BJJ world and what's coming up the following week. This way you can always stay tuned in!
2019 IBJJF Brasileiro Recap
Last weekend completed this year's edition of the Brasileiro with the senior belts taking to the mats over the weekend. Regarded as the toughest Gi tournament of the year, many of the biggest BJJ stars entered the contest to try and capture one of the most prestigious titles out there.
Cash Prize - For the first time ever, the IBJJF awarded prize money in the black belt division at a “Major” event.
Beatriz Mesquita - Wins double gold in impressive fashion, she continues to prove why she is considered by many as the best female competitor in the world a the moment. Another World Champion title later this month could cement that status….
Otavio Sousa - The 3x World Champion captures his first Brasileiro title in the middleweight division. A mainstay at the top of the middleweight division, he looked in top form winning 5 matches (2 by submission). He has missed out on the World finals the past 2 years, Sousa could spoil the expected rematch between the Norwegian submission hunter Tommy Langaker and Alliance’s star Isaque Bahiense.
Ffion Davies - The Welsh freshman blackbelt becomes the first UK competitor to win the Brasileiro at black belt. She also made it 3 for 3 at IBJJF majors this year. Can she complete the grand slam later this month by winning worlds?
Nicholas Meregali - Double gold, 6 submissions in 8 matches, submission victories over Kayan Duarte and Felipe Andrew. You could say Meregali had a good couple of days. Meregali has been quiet most of the year, only competing against Leandro Lo in a super fight early in the year, the layover doesn’t seem to have affected him a bit. With eyes set on the open weight world title, it just might be his year.
Fight 2 Win 111
Fight to win put together another awesome night of grappling, check out the highlighted storylines:
Erberth Santos Crowned Heavy Weight Champion - The “bad boy” of BJJ gets back into the win column and taking the heavyweight title off Gutemberg Pereira in a decision victory. With the victory, Santos picks up some much-needed momentum heading into the World Championships
Matheus Diniz defeats Gustavo Batista - In a tight split decision that went to Matheus, the match was a physical affair with Matheus working mostly from the top position. Gustavo used a collar sleeve guard to threatened with arm locks, sweeps and leg lock attacks throughout the match. This is a rematch that we will most likely see soon as both are active competitors and are in the Medium Heavyweight division.
Catherine Perret Wins Vacant Bantamweight Title- The title was up for grabs after Mackenzie Dern was unable to defend it. Perret took on hometown favorite Kristin Mikkelson, the pair of split two previous matches. This time Perret control the action, and used submission attempts to get the note from the judges. She will next defend her title against Ffion Davies at Fight 2 Win 114
Keenan Cornelius - The American Star who recently made news with his departure from Atos announced that he will represent BJJ Globetrotter at the upcoming World Championship. He has yet to find a long term home and has been training at various academies in NYC, Los Angelos, and San Diego. Yet to capture a black belt world title, could the change of teams lead to Keenan finally capturing the elusive title?
What to Look Forward to Next Week:
Fight 2 Win 112 - 2x middleweight world champion Gabriel Arges takes on Matheus Diniz. A match that has fireworks written all over it. This will be the first showdown between the two world-class athletes. Sarah McMann will also be featured on the card, McMann is a long time contender in the UFC Bantamweight division.
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