Biggest Takeaways From The IBJJF 2018 Kids Pan Championships

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The IBJJF Kids Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships is the premier youth BJJ tournament and an amazing opportunity to witness the future of jiu-jitsu. Here are the biggest takeaways from this past Saturday's tournament in Long Beach, California.  


New Stars Are On The Way

Few juvenile athletes receive the hype and anticipation of that of the Ruotolo brothers. But at Kids Pans, a new name entered the fray: Dominic Meija from Gracie Barra. In a tightly contested final that came down to a referee's decision, Meijia beat Tye Ruotolo and proved that he has the skills to hang with even the most elite BJJ players in this age bracket.  

Dominic Mejia vs. Tye Ruotolo  – 2018 Kids Pans

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Savage Yellow Belts

A massive takeaway from Kids Pans is seeing just how skilled some of these young competitors really are at their ages. There were yellow belts with complete games: great passing, guard work, submissions, and takedowns. It’s an exciting time for jiu-jitsu in which the entire playing field is upping its game. We were seriously blown away and remain eager to watch the game continue to evolve.  


Atos Is King, But Far From Unchallenged 

Atos won its sixth Kids Pans team title on Sunday. It's obvious that one of the team's many goals is building an army for the future, and Atos is showing no signs of slowing down. However, other smaller teams are also putting forth excellent competitors and racking up big points with smaller squads. 

Unity only brought 14 athletes and still earned an impressive 76 points, placing it inside of the top 10 teams at Kids Pans. Carlson Gracie brought 40 students and managed to claw its way to seventh overall. To put this in perceptive: the top three teams all had over 100 representatives.    



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F2W 149: Luiza Monteiro & Junny Ocasio Win Titles, Almeida Beats Riba

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Fight to Win 149 in Dallas saw Gabriel Almeida deal with a last-minute change in opponents by earning a decision win over Manuel Ribamar. Almeida was scheduled to fight Keenan Cornelius in the main event but the American pulled out with a back injury. Riba stepped up on a couple of days notice, presenting Almeida a different challenge. 

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Official FloGappling Predictions: F2W 149 - Ribamar vs Almeida

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Keenan Cornelius has had to pull out of Fight to Win 149 due to injury. He is replaced by 2020 IBJJF European champion Manuel Ribamar. 

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Keenan Out Of Fight to Win 149, Ribamar Steps Up vs Almeida

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Keenan Cornelius has had to pull out of Fight to Win 149 due to injury. He is replaced by 2020 IBJJF European champion Manuel Ribamar. 

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Keenan Sending A Big Squad To Fight To Win 149, Here Are Their Names

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Fight to Win 149 was to feature Keenan Cornelius vs Gabriel Almeida in the main event. The American is out due to an injury with his back, but his team will be represented – they're taking eight representatives to compete on the event. 

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Before Keenan Competes At F2W, Check Out His Weekly Show!

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Keenan Cornelius will take to the stage at F2W 149 in Dallas, Texas, on Friday. He's matched up with Gabriel Almeida, after defeating Matheus Luna in his F2W debut last month. 

How To Watch: Fight To Win 149 - Keenan vs Almeida

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Keenan Cornelius will make the walk to the Fight To Win stage for the second time in his career at Fight To Win 149, where he'll meet Checkmat ace Gabriel Almeida in the main event. 

No-Gi Team Rankings, Plus Gi And No-Gi Rankings Updated!

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Between WNO, F2W, 3CG, and BJJ Stars, there has been an abundance of action in both gi and no-gi competition over the last couple of weeks. This, of course, leads to an inevitable shift in the rankings, as favorites fall and newcomers make their names knocking off established veterans. 

Controversial Call Spoils Kumite Final, Jimenez's Result Overturned

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A series of officiating errors at Third Coast Grappling's 170lbs Kumite tournament left a bad taste in the mouth of fans and competitors. 

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Official FloGrappling Predictions: Kumite V

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The highly touted Kumite series is back with its fifth installment this weekend, featuring 8 of the very best 170lb no-gi grapplers on the planet. 

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How To Watch Third Coast Grappling: KUMITE V

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Here's how to watch the 2020 Third Coast Grappling: KUMITE V on FloGrappling.