IBJJF Chicago Open: Keep An Eye On These Colored-Belt Athletes

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The IBJJF Chicago Open goes down this weekend and it's always worth keeping a close eye on the colored belts. They put on some amazing matches, and following these up-and-comers enables us to predict who'll shake up the black belt divisions come promotion time. 

Devhonte rides the wave into Chicago

At brown belt, anything besides double gold for Devhonte Johnson from Unity BJJ in New York would be shocking. After a dominant year at purple capped off by a 2017 world super-heavyweight title, he received his brown belt from Murilo Santana. He should be the favorite not only for this tournament but also at the worlds in the super-heavyweight division in 2018. 

Emotions run high in match between Devhonte Johnson and Fabio Alano

Potential purple belt showdown will shake Chicago

Purple belt is shaping up to be an inevitable clash between two titans of their divisions, Mauricio Oliveira from GF Team and Andrew Wiltse from Pedigo Submission Fighting. Oliveira was the 2017 world champ at middleweight, Wiltse was the runner up at medium-heavyweight.

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​Andre Wiltse (left) and Mauricio Oliveira (in white). Photos: by Michael Sears

They have since swapped weights with Wiltse registered at middle and Oliveira at medium-heavy for Chicago. Wiltse has always looked flawless in Chicago, having won 14 gold medals at this tournament without ever losing. The only ever meeting between them resulted in a win by advantage for Oliveira at the 2016 worlds as blue belts. Wiltse will be looking for revenge and to defend his run of open division titles at the Chicago Open from the incredibly tough Oliveira. 

Elite lightweight and under talent is on the scene

The purple belt featherweight division should be exciting and a hard-fought title to achieve. 2017 blue belt featherweight world champ Israel Sousa from GF Team, Matheus Gabriel from Checkmat, and Joao Pedro Figueredo from Gracie Barra are elite competitors and any one of them could come out on top of the podium. Two other purple belts to watch are the always extremely active competitors from Cicero Costha, light-featherweight Jonas Andrade and lightweight Italo Moura.

IBJJF 2018 Euros: Purple Belt Results Start To Come In

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By Michael Sears | Six out of ten of the male adult purple belt divisions at the 2018 IBJJF European Championships went down on Wednesday January 18, in Lisbon. The heavy, super-heavy, ultra-heavy and open classes will take place on Thursday 19.

BREAKING: Leandro Lo Out Of Europeans

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In a disappointing turn of events, Leandro Lo’s highly anticipated return to the European Championships will have to wait.

Blue Belts Challenge Brazilian Dominance At IBJJF 2018 Euros

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The second day of the IBJJF European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, opened Wednesday with the male blue belt divisions, and the results were heavily influenced by the presence of the international competitors. 

Amanda Monteiro Looks Set To Be GF Team's Next Black Belt Champion

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The Grappling Fight Team (GFT) headquarters in Rio de Janeiro has consistently produced some of the top talent in the jiu-jitsu world, and now GFT founder Julio Cesar is ready to unleash his newest weapon on the jiu-jitsu world, featherweight Amanda Monteiro.

2018 IBJJF European Championships: Purple Belt Viewing Guide

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Wednesday marks the beginning of competition in the men’s adult purple belt divisions at the 2018 IBJJF European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal. 

IBJJF 2018 Euros Stats Show International Spread Of Jiu-Jitsu

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The numbers tell a very interesting story when it comes to the international spread of jiu-jitsu, as we highlight which countries are sending the most competitors to the 2018 IBJJF European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, this week. 

7 Explosive First-Round Matches At 2018 IBJJF Europeans!

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The brackets for the black belt divisions at the 2018 IBJJF European Championship are out and they are explosive! Here is a quick rundown of seven of the most intriguing matches we can expect to see go down in Lisbon, Portugal, this weekend. 

Kyra Gracie Announces Women-Only Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

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Female jiu-jitsu icon Kyra Gracie has broken new ground for women everywhere by announcing a female-only tournament. 

2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam: Black Belt Results

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The second day of competition at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam on Saturday saw the conclusion of the black belt finals. There were upsets, submissions, and more than one referee's decision. Here’s how it all played out.

Rocha Bests Akbari In Sacramento At F2W Pro 58

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The Fight To Win 2018 season kicked off in Sacramento, CA, with Vagner Rocha beating Dustin Akbari by ref's decision in the main event of the evening.