Masters Worlds Updates: Megaton Does Double Gold, Beats Sperry

Mike Calimbas
Day 2 of the IBJJF World Masters was filled with nonstop action across 21 different mats at the Las Vegas Convention Center. After an incredible first day of the 2017 Master Worlds with the master 1 and 2 divisions, the Friday session saw the rest of the black belt age groups take the mat.

One of the top stories of the day was the return of ADCC and IBJJF world champion Mario Sperry. Sperry competed in the master 5 super-heavyweight division and made a triumphant return, taking the gold in the weight division in his first gi competition in 18 years.

However, black belt featherweight legend 'Megaton' Dias stole the show by beating Sperry in the final of the absolute division to win double gold.

Megaton vs Mario Sperry


Their match was a hard-fought, dramatic affair. Megaton pulled guard and scored with an early sweep. Sperry pressured forward, but Megaton would score another two later in the match. Sperry clawed back two with about one minute in the match, but it was Megaton who was declared the victor 4-2.

Earlier, Megaton had just one match at master 5 featherweight, but won in impressive fashion with a very fast armlbar from spider guard.


In the master 6 medium-heavyweight division Brian Beauchamp won his 9th gold medal at this tournament. Incredibly, Beauchamp has never been scored upon at master worlds.

Luis "Bebeo" Duarte, also won two matches in his return and won gold in the master 5 ultra-heavyweight category. The old-school Carlson Gracie rep won gold in the medium heavyweight division in 1996.

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Ronaldo Chaves kneebars Eduardo Telles. Photo: Michael Sears

Master 3 had the largest divisions in number and saw some tough competition throughout. Fan favorite Eduardo Telles went down in the first round of the medium-heavyweight bracket, losing to Ronaldo Chaves of Checkmat by kneebar. Chaves would go on to finish 3rd. Wagney Fabiano and Cassio Werneck would both put together grueling runs to the top of the podium in stacked light and middleweight brackets.

Two of the feel good stories of the day were Clayton Almeida at master 6 ultra-heavyweight Rafael Lovato Sr. at master 6 light. Almeida is the father of ten-time IBJJF world champion Marcus 'Buchecha' Almeida, and Lovato Sr. is obviously the father of IBJJF world champ Rafael Lovato Jr.

Almeida would take home the gold medal in his division, and Lovato Sr. would finish with bronze after losing a ref decision in the semi-final.

Black belt results from Day 2 of Masters Worlds

BLACK / Master 3 / Male / Rooster
1 - Ayumu Shioda - Paraestra Hachioji
2 - Hiroaki Yoshioka - Paraestra Izumi
3 - Firdavs Sulaimonov - Jiu-Jitsu For Life Team
3 - Jeffrey Dean Bourgeois - One Jiu-Jitsu USA

BLACK / Master 3 / Male / Light-Feather
1 - Omar Antonio Lima Salum Junior - Gracie Humaita
2 - Marcus Vinicius Barros Norat - Gracie Humaita
3 - Fabio Vieira Machado - Soul Fighters BJJ
3 - Gabriel Willcox Furley - Carlson Gracie Team

BLACK / Master 3 / Male / Feather
1 - Daniel V. Alvarez Jr. - LEAD BJJ
2 - Sebastian Augusto Lalli - CheckMat
3 - Ronaldo Baptista Campos - Fenix BJJ Woburn
3 - Sandro Ribeiro Santiago - Sandro Batata Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

BLACK / Master 3 / Male / Light
1 - Wagnney Fabiano Silva dos Santos - Nova União
2 - Suyan Lopes Queiroz - Carlson Gracie Team
3 - Fabricio Medeiros - Renato Tavares Association
3 - Scott Boudreau - West Coast BJJ

BLACK / Master 3 / Male / Middle
1 - Cássio Rios Werneck - Cassio Werneck BJJ
2 - Marcelo Santos Azevedo - Gracie Barra
3 - Jose Carlos Hissa Granja - Nova União
3 - Régis da Silveira Lebre - Gracie Humaita

BLACK / Master 3 / Male / Medium-Heavy
1 - Marcos Escobar Saad - Brasa CTA
2 - Matthew John Edward Norris - Gracie Barra JJ
3 - Márcio Catenacci de Aquino - Ns Brotherhood
3 - Ronaldo Milanesi M. Chaves - CheckMat

BLACK / Master 3 / Male / Heavy
1 - Cristiano Santos Lazzarini - Gracie Barra
2 - Damian Michael Hirtz - Alliance
3 - Charles Faria Correa - G13 BJJ
3 - Roger Dias Coelho - RCBJJ-Costa Rica

BLACK / Master 3 / Male / Super-Heavy
1 - Anthony Lamar Scales - Nova União
2 - Roberto Godoi - G13 BJJ
3 - Marcos da Matta Meira - American Top Team
3 - Raul Francisco Jimenez Trivino - Alliance

BLACK / Master 3 / Male / Ultra-Heavy
1 - Fabiano Andre Scherner - Gracie Barra
2 - Viktor de Araujo K. Doria - Fight Sports
3 - Claudio Daniel Bonfim da Silva - Team Jucão
3 - Julio da Silva Pinheiro - G13 BJJ

BLACK / Master 3 / Male / Open Class
1 - Viktor de Araujo K. Doria - Fight Sports
2 - Roberto Godoi - G13 BJJ
3 - Marcos Escobar Saad - Brasa CTA
3 - Ronaldo Milanesi M. Chaves - CheckMat

BLACK / Master 3 / Female / Light
1 - Cynthia Dyann Hales - Gracie Barra
2 - Hanna Sillén - Viva Zapata Jiu Jitsu

BLACK / Master 3 / Female / Medium-Heavy
1 - Jennifer Lynn Whitcomb - Jiu-Jitsu For Life Team
2 - Leticia Seguetto Tanabe Lalli - CheckMat

BLACK / Master 3 / Female / Heavy
1 - Leah Rae Mancillas - BJJ Revolution Team
2 - Jennifer L. Russell - OCBJJ

BLACK / Master 3 / Female / Open Class
1 - Leticia Seguetto Tanabe Lalli - CheckMat
2 - Hanna Sillén - Viva Zapata Jiu Jitsu
3 - Jennifer Lynn Whitcomb - Jiu-Jitsu For Life Team
3 - Leah Rae Mancillas - BJJ Revolution Team

BLACK / Master 4 / Male / Rooster
1 - Yoshihiro Fujita - Fujita Jiu-Jitsu
2 - Yasuo Matsumoto - Grasco Jiu-Jitsu Academy

BLACK / Master 4 / Male / Light-Feather
1 - Alessandro Cirone Nagaishi - CheckMat
2 - Marcelo Pache Saldanha Ferreira - Carlson Gracie Team
3 - Claudionor Cardoso da Silva - Eq. Claudionor Cardoso

BLACK / Master 4 / Male / Feather
1 - Renato Sampaio Tavares Filho - Renato Tavares Association
2 - Alexandre Teixeira Araujo - Ataque Duplo
3 - Andrei Osti Andrezzo - Cia Paulista
3 - Blaine Lacanaria - Alliance

BLACK / Master 4 / Male / Light
1 - Andre Luiz Leite - Soul Fighters BJJ
2 - Rodrigo Medeiros - Carlson Gracie Team
3 - Adimilson da Rosa Brites - Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu
3 - John Mark Frankl - SBG International (SBGI)

BLACK / Master 4 / Male / Middle
1 - Kevin P. Menard - Zenith BJJ
2 - Ricardo Miller Ribeiro - Paragon BJJ Academy
3 - Shawn Michael Hammonds - Team Shawn Hammonds
3 - Tom D. Knox - Cleber Jiu Jitsu

BLACK / Master 4 / Male / Medium-Heavy
1 - Carlos Alberto Terrinha - Gracie Barra
2 - Gary Allen Armbrust - Pacific Top Team
3 - Brian Ford - Gracie Barra
3 - Thorin Oakenshield Ryan - Gracie Elite Team

BLACK / Master 4 / Male / Heavy
1 - Sérgio Ávila - CheckMat
2 - Kurt W Shrout - BJJ Revolution Team
3 - Daniel Druker - Fight Sports
3 - Salvador Martin Flores - Soul Fighters BJJ

BLACK / Master 4 / Male / Super-Heavy
1 - David Rothwell - Pacific Top Team
2 - Jaime Paul Jara - Cassio Werneck BJJ
3 - Christopher E. Howe - McVicker's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
3 - Reginaldo Gurgel F. de Almeida - Gracie Barra JJ

BLACK / Master 4 / Male / Ultra-Heavy
1 - Luiz Henrique V. Saldanha - Gracie Barra
2 - Stephen Vincent Hall - Alliance
3 - David Lohsen - Gracie Elite Team
3 - Niels Sondergaard Burgess - Cleber Jiu Jitsu

BLACK / Master 4 / Male / Open Class
1 - Niels Sondergaard Burgess - Cleber Jiu Jitsu
2 - Thorin Oakenshield Ryan - Gracie Elite Team
3 - Adimilson da Rosa Brites - Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu
3 - Rodrigo Medeiros - Carlson Gracie Team

BLACK / Master 4 / Female / Light
1 - Sonya M. B. Plavcan - Alliance
2 - Marie Fanton - Gracie Barra
3 - Deanna Lynn Yohe - Gracie Barra

BLACK / Master 4 / Female / Super-Heavy
1 - Karla Hipolito de Albuquerque - Top Brother
2 - Misty Victoria Shearer - Brazil 021 School of Jiu-Jitsu Edmonton

BLACK / Master 4 / Female / Open Class
1 - Karla Hipolito de Albuquerque - Top Brother
2 - Marie Fanton - Gracie Barra
3 - Deanna Lynn Yohe - Gracie Barra
3 - Misty Victoria Shearer - Brazil 021 School of Jiu-Jitsu Edmonton

BLACK / Master 5 / Male / Light-Feather
1 - Henry Chan - Gracie Barra
2 - Joseph T. Alleva - Bonsai JJ - USA

BLACK / Master 5 / Male / Feather
1 - Wellington Leal Dias - Gracie Humaita
2 - Kelly Gerald Johnson - Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Pedro Sauer Team

BLACK / Master 5 / Male / Light
1 - Ricardo Guimarães - Gracie Humaita
2 - Sergio Conrado Quintanilha de Sa - Gracie Elite Team
3 - Les Dewayne Tate - Gracie Barra
3 - Timothy Michael Morris - Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ

BLACK / Master 5 / Male / Middle
1 - Joel T. Gingery - Alliance
2 - Souleymane Dicko - Mako Team Paris
3 - Gregory Allan Holmes - Relson Gracie
3 - Nelson Couto Monteiro Jr. - Gracie Barra

BLACK / Master 5 / Male / Medium-Heavy
1 - Louis Jungwook Choi - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
2 - Kevin Bellard - Gracie Elite Team
3 - Alex Da Silva - Gracie Barra JJ
3 - Mavrick J Lobe - Gracie Barra

BLACK / Master 5 / Male / Heavy
1 - Evaldo Correa Lima - Neutral Grounds / Gracie Jiu Jitsu Long Beach
2 - Amilcar Cipili - Gracie Humaita
3 - David Allen Ogden - Gracie Barra

BLACK / Master 5 / Male / Super-Heavy
1 - José Mário Sperry - Mario Sperry Jiu-Jitsu
2 - Ailson Henrique Brites - Team Jucão
3 - Alexander Matthew Todorovich - CheckMat
3 - Kelly Don Rundle - Renato Tavares Association

BLACK / Master 5 / Male / Ultra-Heavy
1 - Luis Roberto de Moraes Duarte - Carlson Gracie Team
2 - Maurice Duane Geyen - Gracie Humaita
3 - Tim Ronald Thurman - De La Riva Jiu-Jitsu USA

BLACK / Master 5 / Male / Open Class
1 - Wellington Leal Dias - Gracie Humaita
2 - José Mário Sperry - Mario Sperry Jiu-Jitsu
3 - Ricardo Guimarães - Gracie Humaita
3 - Tim Ronald Thurman - De La Riva Jiu-Jitsu USA

BLACK / Master 6 / Male / Light-Feather
1 - Lucas Lemi Podadera Orge - Soul Fighters BJJ
2 - David Sammet - The Jiu-Jitsu Academy

BLACK / Master 6 / Male / Feather
1 - Kouichi Kamitanida - Newaza World Sakurajima
2 - Rommel Dunbar - United Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
3 - Frank Anthony Miranda - Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu
3 - Glenn C. Jarrell - A-Force Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

BLACK / Master 6 / Male / Light
1 - Sean P. Burke - Alliance
2 - Perry Ronald Bateson - N.W. Jiu-Jitsu Academy - Maple Ridge
3 - Itabora Ferreira - Alliance
3 - Rafael Robert Lovato Sr. - Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu

BLACK / Master 6 / Male / Middle
1 - Gustavo Guadalupe Enriquez - Infinite Jiu Jitsu
2 - Joseph Thompson - Soca BJJ
3 - Al Guinee - Gracie Barra
3 - Eddy Lievrouw - Fernando Boi JJ International

BLACK / Master 6 / Male / Medium-Heavy
1 - Brian Edward Beauchamp - Fabricio International Team - FIT
2 - Wandro Jose Soares Ribeiro - Equipe Behring
3 - Raymond J Winters - Sergio Penha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
3 - Ronald Ray Hale - American Top Team - West Palm Beach

BLACK / Master 6 / Male / Heavy
1 - Gay Elgin Cobham - De La Riva Jiu-Jitsu USA
2 - Michael James Atkin - SAS Team USA
3 - Thomas Gerald Haselton - Gracie Humaita

BLACK / Master 6 / Male / Super-Heavy
1 - Brian Carl Germain - Carlson Gracie Team
2 - Hiroyuki Kimura - Team Shinnihon

BLACK / Master 6 / Male / Ultra-Heavy
1 - Clayton Ferreira de Almeida - Zenith BJJ
2 - Kenneth Richard Geist - Foster Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

BLACK / Master 6 / Male / Open Class
1 - Wandro Jose Soares Ribeiro - Equipe Behring
2 - Kouichi Kamitanida - Newaza World Sakurajima
3 - Itabora Ferreira - Alliance

BLACK / Master 7 / Male / Light-Feather
1 - Kenneth Wayne Cameron - Gracie Elite Team

BLACK / Master 7 / Male / Feather
1 - Stan Mabry - Luiz Palhares Jiu Jitsu
2 - Igor Dominguez Andrade - Gracie Barra

BLACK / Master 7 / Male / Light
1 - Roberto Diniz Vinagre - Gracie Barra

BLACK / Master 7 / Male / Middle
1 - James Allan Nations - Carlson Gracie Team
2 - Rodney Stiffler - SAS Team USA
3 - Alan J Gatoff - Team Jucão

BLACK / Master 7 / Male / Medium-Heavy
1 - Bradley Francis Thompson - Alliance
2 - David Eric Loyst - Gracie Barra

BLACK / Master 7 / Male / Heavy
1 - Paul Lloyd Davies - Gracie Barra

BLACK / Master 7 / Male / Super-Heavy
1 - John Parker Lapp - Brasa CTA

BLACK / Master 7 / Male / Open Class
1 - Paul Lloyd Davies - Gracie Barra
2 - Kenneth Wayne Cameron - Gracie Elite Team
3 - John Parker Lapp - Brasa CTA


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