Monster IBJJF Weekend Sees Action In Brazil, USA, Europe: Here's Who Won

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The IBJJF's global expansion shows no signs of slowing down, with four championships running in three countries (and three different continents) all on the same weekend. 

Here's a quick rundown of the noteworthy results from the Pan No-Gi in New York, the Brazilian No-Gi Nationals in Rio de Janeiro, the Copenhagen International Open (gi and no-gi) in Denmark, and the Dallas Fall International in Texas. 

​Michelle Nicolini gets her hand raised. Photo: Chase Smith / FloGrappling

Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship 2017

We were on-site in Manhattan for this tourney, always seen as the traditional start to the IBJJF no-gi season. We already mentioned how ADCC bronze medalists Jackson Sousa and Michelle Nicolini rode the wave from Finland straight to NYC just a week later to take double gold in the men's and women's black belt weight and absolute divisions. 

Two pieces of interesting info regarding NYC teams came to light from the weekend: 

Unity Jiu-Jitsu -- the smallest and newest of the big four teams in New York ,with the other three being Marcelo Garcia-Alliance, Renzo Gracie and Shaolin -- took top spot in the team placing, beating Alliance 76 points to 67. Coming in third was PSLPB Cicero Costha with 32 points, a team that enjoyed close links and a lot of talent sharing with the Unity squad. 

Team Fabio Clemente, formerly of Alliance and also known as Jiu-Jitsu For The People, have affiliated with Checkmat. Clemente was one of the original Alliance black belts in the city and instrumental in bringing over a number of key names from the team. 

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​GF Team's Ricardo Evangelista tops the podium. Photo: IBJJF

Brasileiro No-Gi 2017

The Brazilian No-Gi Nationals has never been a particularly noteworthy event, as the gi still reigns supreme in Brazil and especially Rio de Janeiro. It was hard to find any big names among the list of entrants, with only GF Team powerhouse Ricardo Evangelista (who took gold at ultra heavyweight) stand out. 

GF Team ran away with the team prize with 304 points, beating out second place CheckMat (254) and Gracie Barra in third with 225. 

Dallas Fall International Open Jiu-Jitsu 2017

With all of the excitement going on in New York and Rio it would have been easy to overlook the far-smaller Dallas Fall International Open, but the tournament drew together some strong competitors and delivered a solid absolute division. 

Lucas 'Hulk' Barbosa stood on top of a stacked podium, beating out Gabriel 'Fedor' Lucas of Checkmat in the final. GF Team's Jaime Canuto and Manuel Ribamar of NS Brotherhood took joint third place. 

​BLACK / Adult / Male / Open Class
1 - Lucas Daniel Silva Barbosa - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
2 - Gabriel Lyrio Lucas - CheckMat
3 - Jaime Soares Canuto - GF Team
3 - Manuel Ribamar V. de Oliveira Filho - Ns Brotherhood

Copenhagen International Open Jiu-Jitsu (Gi and No-Gi) Championship 2017

Adam Wardzinski, the prolific Checkmat black belt from Poland, took three gold medals and a silver in Denmark's capital city, winning his weight class both gi and no-gi, taking gold in the no-gi absolute and silver in the gi absolute.

Grappling Bulletin: You Shouldn't Be Mad About The IBJJF Heel Hook Rules

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Hello grappling fans, welcome to 2021. We can’t forget 2020 but we can move on as quickly as possible. I’m sure you feel the same in hoping that 2021 will be an easier ride and things return to some semblance of normal. 

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Tackett, Marinho, Jonnatas Victorious at Fight to Win 160

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William Tackett beat John Combs in the main event of Fight to Win 160 tonight. In a no-gi match that went the distance, Tackett won via split decision.

Dates, Locations Announced For ADCC Trials In 2021

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If you want to compete at the 2022 ADCC World Championships then you need to know the dates for the ADCC Trials scheduled for 2021. Invites are extremely limited and highly exclusive, meaning it is nearly essential to enter a qualifying event to guarantee your place at the biennial ADCC World Championships. 

The New IBJJF Rules For Heel Hooks And Leg Reaping in 2021

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The IBJJF has released its updated rules for 2021, which include rules legalizing the application of heel hooks and leg reaping techniques for some competitors.

FloSports Announces Partnership with Dollamur Sport Surfaces

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AUSTIN, TX  - January 12, 2021 - FloSports, the innovator in live sports streaming and original content, announced it has entered into a multi-year partnership with Dollamur Sport Surfaces to become the Official Mat of FloSports.

Can Tackett Avenge His Last Submission Loss vs John Combs?

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John Combs is one of very few black marks on William Tackett’s professional grappling record. Combs is the only person who has submitted Tackett in regulation since at least 2019.

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FloGrappling Awards: Results For Best Match, Submission, Grapplers Of 2020


2020 has come to a close, and the fans have voted for the best moments and athletes of the year. There are hundreds of competitors and thousands of grappling matches every year across an array of formats. Even to be nominated is a major achievement. 

Gordon & Nicky Ryan, Tye Ruotolo Set Who's Number One Records In 2020

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In 2020, FloGrappling launched Who’s Number One, a series of superfights featuring the many of the best grapplers in the world. With the inaugural year of WNO now in the books, here are some of the athletes, trends, and noteworthy statistics from the mega event series in 2020.

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2020 FloGrappling Awards: Vote For The Best Athletes, Submission, Match


2020 has come to a close, which means it’s time to vote for the best moments and athletes of the year. The fifth annual FloGrappling Awards is open for voting from Jan. 1 through Jan. 8. There are hundreds of competitors and thousands of grappling matches every year across an array of formats. Even to be nominated is a major achievement. 

Vote NOW for the 2020 Male Grappler of the Year | FloGrappling Awards

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To state the obvious, 2020 was an unusual year for competitive jiu-jitsu. Still, several competitors found ways to set themselves apart, and to impress us in ways few other athletes can.