2023 The IBJJF Crown Presented by FloGrappling

Full Brackets Released For IBJJF's Premier Event, The Crown

Full Brackets Released For IBJJF's Premier Event, The Crown

Check out the brackets for the IBJJF's the Crown Presented by FloGrappling, coming to Long Beach, CA on Nov. 19. Ft. Tainan Dalpra, Gabi Pessanha & more!

Oct 31, 2023 by Corey Stockton
Full Brackets Released For IBJJF's Premier Event, The Crown

The IBJJF has just released the brackets for the inaugural installment of it’s premier event, ‘The Crown’ presented by FloGrappling.

All 24 athletes have now been placed in their six four-competitor divisions, pitting world champs against world champs and promising explosive matchups from the jump.

Two reigning world champions will square off in the first round at featherweight

Reigning IBJJF featherweight world champion Samuel Nagai is set to take on the reigning light featherweight champ, Diego Pato in the opening match in the Crown’s lightest male category. The two have not competed against each other at black belt.

In their respective runs to the top of the heap, both men have proven to be some of the most dangerous athletes in competition today. They’re not alone in that regard.

On the other side of the bracket, 2021 world champ Fabricio Andre will face 2022 world champ Isaac Doederlein. It’s a matchup that jiu-jitsu fans have been clamoring for in the last two years; the footlock master Doederlein and the triangle machine Andrey are finally destined to meet up at the Crown.

Two epic rubber matches in the women’s lightweight semifinals

Luiza Monteiro’s history with Brianna Ste-Marie is brief, but it's spicy.

Monteiro defeated Ste-Marie at Brasileiros earlier this year, ending the Canadian’s campaign in the first day of competition. But Ste-Marie rebounded in devastating fashion, collecting a toe hold victory against Monteiro at Worlds and snapping the Atos representative’s hopes at a Grand Slam title.

On the other side of the bracket, Nathalie Ribeiro and Janaina Lebre will square off to settle their 2-2 score. Ribeiro got the better of the first two matches, putting up high scores on Lebre. But Lebre has rebounded in a big way, winning the last two of the encounters as she has come into her rank.

Tainan will square off with one of his toughest opponents of the 2023 season

Pedro Maia has been one of the biggest thorns in Tainan Dalpra’s side all season long. While Dalpra has conquered three major titles in 2023, boasting a 16-1 record in IBJJF competition this year, Maia has proven a worthy opponent for the AOJ star all season long. They’ll meet in the semifinal.

On the other side, two time IBJJF worlds silver medalist Andy Murasaki will take on Mauricio Oliveira.

World champs will try to fend off the new generation at heavyweight

Gustavo Batista and Fellipe Andrew are two of the most dominant forces at heavyweight today. They’ll be on the opposite sides of the heavyweight bracket, staring down two rising stars to start the event.

Fellipe Andrew will face flying submission hunter Francisco Lo, while Gustavo Batista will face the fast footwork of Uanderson Ferreira.

Two crucial rematches at women’s super heavyweight

Gabrieli Pessanha is the mark in the female super heavyweight division. But she’s stacked up against one of the most trying divisions she’s ever seen.

In the semifinal, she’ll face Amy Campo, an opponent who dragged her to a rare referee decision in the Worlds absolute final in 2022, making her one of the toughest tests Pessanha has had to date.

Across the aisle, Nathieley de Jesus will face Melissa Cueto in a rematch from Worlds 2023, another match that went to decision, favoring Cueto.

This is an incredibly evenly-matched bracket, and among them is one of the greatest competitors of all time. That’s quite the company to keep.

**UPDATE: Nathiely de Jesus has pulled out of the Crown. Tayane Porfirio stepped in to replace her. Porfirio is a four-time world champ, and one of only a few women who hold a win over Gabi Pessanha,

Munis would meet new opponent in the final

Three-time IBJJF world champ Erich Munis is set to face a past opponent in the first round against Roosevelt Sousa. Munis shouldn’t look past Sousa, who has proven himself a savage submission hunter. But on the other side of the bracket, he could find a new test.

Victor Honorio and Joao Gabriel Sousa will square off in the other semi. Either one of them would be a fresh face for Munis, who has carved his way through the division, and is certainly hungry for new tests.

IBJJF’s the Crown, presented by FloGrappling, is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19 in Long Beach, CA at the Walter Pyramid at 4pm ET. Watch it live on FloGrappling.com.