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Here Are The All-Time Light Featherweight Champions At IBJJF Worlds

Here Are The All-Time Light Featherweight Champions At IBJJF Worlds

List of all the IBJJF Lightfeather weight class winners since 1996 at IBJJF Worlds including Men's and Women's divisions.

May 15, 2024 by Kylie Rodriguez
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The 2024 Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF World Championships are May 29-June 2, so it's time to recap all of the past winners in all of the weight classes. 

After looking at the all-time rooster weight class winners, next up it's the light featherweight class.

This weight class has historically been dominated by Brazilians athletes, with US representatives producing the second-most world champs in this category. 

Here are the winners in the light featherweight division since 1996 at IBJJF Worlds. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 1996: Helio Moreira

Moreira won the first ever Light Featherweight title at the IBJJF World Championships. The next year he was the Brazilian national champion in the Light Featherweight division. He only reached these accolades once in his career. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 1997: Joao Roque

Roque was born in Brazil but was also of Angola descent. In 1993 he won the Brazillian national championship in the Light Featherweight division.

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 1998,1999,2000, 2007: Robson Moura

Moura won the Light Featherweight title at the IBJJF World Championships the year after he had won the Roosterweight division. He would then win the Light Featherweight title three times in a row and then again in 2007.

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2001: Ricardo Vieira

Viera only won one IBJJF World title but it was historic since, on his way to win the title at the 2001 IBJJF World Championships he had to face the reigning champion Robson Moura in the semifinals, which was a highly coveted match since Moura was the current champion.Viera won and went on to win the championship. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2002: Carlos Lemos

Lemos only won one IBJJF Worlds title, but placed silver in 2003 and bronze in 2005. Lemos got the nickname “Escorrega,” which translates as Slippery. He got this nickname from his coach since he was hard to hold down in ground work and none of the other kids could pin him. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2003, 2005, 2006: Bibano Fernandes

Fernandes completed the three-peat at IBJJF Worlds after getting his black belt in 2002. He competed in BJJ until 2005. Then he moved to competing in MMA and at 44 is still competing. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2004: Fernando Vieira

Vieira won only one IBJJF Worlds black belt. He also won the IBJJF Worlds in blue in 2002 and purple in 2003. After winning his IBJJF Worlds for black belt, he started competing in MMA. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2008: Samuel Braga

Braga won in the Rooster weight class in 2005 and then moved up to the Light Featherweight in 2007, a year later he won his first and only IBJJF Worlds Light Featherweight title. He also won five straight Brazilian championships. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014: Guilherme Mendes

Mendes is a four-time IBJJF Worlds champion. Two of those IBJJF Worlds titles were back-to-back in 2011 and 2012. Mendes was the first Atos Jiu-Jitsu team member to achieve a gold medal at IBJJF Worlds in 2009.

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2010: Pablo Silva

Silva won his first and only IBJJF Worlds title just in his second year of being a black belt. He now has a BJJ training facility in Bellaire, Texas.

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2013: Gabriel Moraes

This was Moraes first and only Light Featherweight title at a IBJJF World Championship. He also won the IBJJF Worlds Roosterweight weight title in 2004. The following year he had won silver in the Roosterweight class. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2015: Paulo Miyao

Miyao's first and only IBJJF World title was in the Light Featherweight division at the IBJJF Worlds Championships. In previous year, he won silver in the Light Featherweight class.  

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2016: Ary Farias 

This was Farias only IBJJF world title in the Light Featherweight class. He had previously won bronze at the 2012 IBJJF Worlds Champions. After his career in BJJ ended he started transitioning to MMA. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2017 and 2018 : Michael Musumeci Jr.

Before Musumeci won two Rooster IBJJF world titles he won two IBJJF world Light Featherweight titles, which he won back-to-back. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2019: Joao Miyao

This was Miyao's first and only IBJJF World Championship title. Even though he only won one Light Feather IBJJF World Championship title, he has dominated the no-gi game by winning four IBJJF World No-Gi Championship titles. He is also Paulo Miyao's twin brother. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2021 and 2023: Diego Batista Oliveira

At 25 years-old, Oliveira is already a two-time IBJJF world champion in the Light Feather weight class. Oliveira recently won the 2024 IBJJF Pan Championship and looks to defend it at the 2024 IBJJF World Championships. He is also the current WNO champion in the Featherweight and Lightweight classes. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2022: Meyram Alves

This is Alves first and only IBJJF World Championships title but he also won the IBJJF Pans Championship in the same year. The next year in 2023 he won silver at the IBJJF World Championships in the Light Featherweight class. 

Women’s Light Featherweight IBJJF Weight Class Champions

 Here are all of the Light Featherweight women’s winners. IBJJF has had the LightFeather Women's weight class since 2000.

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2000: Danielle Figueredo

This is Figueredo’s first and only title at the IBJJF World Championships. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2001: Ana Michelle

This was Michelle's first and only title at the  IBJJF world championship. She competed in BJJ until 2008. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2002: Virginia Maria

This is Maria’s first and only title at the IBJJF World Championships title.

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2003, 2004, 2005: Daniele Piermatei

Piermatei is a three-time IBJJF World Champion earning all her titles in a row. She learned the discipline from her father who was a BJJ grandmaster and president of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu League. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2006 and 2007: Michele Nicolini

Nicolini is actually an eight-time IBJJF World Champion. She earned her first two IBJJF Worlds titles in the Light Featherweight division and then moved to other weight classes. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2008: Miriam Cerqueria

This is Cerqueria's first and only title at the IBJJF World Championship. She competed in BJJ until 2014. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012: Leticia Ribeiro

Ribeiro is a seven-time IBJJF World Champion. She earned four of her IBJJF World titles in the Light Featherweight class. Ribeiro is the leader of one of the top female BJJ teams in history at Gracie Humaitá.

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2013, 2014, 2016: Gezary Matuda

Matuda is a three-time IBJJF World Champion. All of her IBJJF world titles are in the Light Featherweight class.  She won two IBJJF titles back-to-back and then won another IBJJF title a few years later. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2015: Rikako Yuasa

Yuasa is a four-time IBJJF World Champion, her first IBJJF Worlds title was in the Light Featherweight class. She won three-straight Roosterwieght IBJJF titles after winning her IBJJF Light Featherweight titles. She then got silver at the 2019 IBJJF World Championship. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2017: Talita Alencar

This is Alencar's first and only title at the IBJJF World Championship. Even though she only has one IBJJF Worlds title, she is a three-time IBJJF No-Gi World Champion. After her win in 2021 she transitioned to MMA. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2018: Amanda Monteiro Nogueira

This is Nogueira's first and only title at the IBJJF World Championship. The year after winning her IBJJF Worlds title she won the 2019 IBJJF No-Gi World Championship. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2019: Tammi Musumeci

 This was Musumeci's first and only title at the IBJJF World Championship. She is also the first American woman to win an IBJJF title in the light feather division. Musumeci is also a five-time IBJJF No-Gi World Champion. She is the sister of Michael Musumeci Jr, and they both won titles at the 2019 IBJJF World championship.

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2021 and 2022: Ana Rodrigues

Anna Rodrigues is a two-time IBJJF world Champion. She won her IBJJF titles both back-to-back. In the same year she won the IBJJF Pans Championship and then won two years after that. 

IBJJF Light Featherweight World Champion In 2023: Jessa Khan

This is Khan’s first and only title at the IBJJF World Championships to date. She is the second female American to win a IBJJF World Light Feather title after Musumeci. Khan is the current champion and looks to defend her title at the 2024 IBJJF World Championship

All Time Weight Class Winners At IBJJF World Championship

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