The Weekend Recap: Paulo Miyao Returns To IBJJF Competition & More

The IBJJF’s schedule was stacked across the globe this past weekend and saw tournaments in the U.K., Brazil, and two more events the United States. 

Things we're extra excited about include the return of Paulo Miyao, Vagner Rocha's impressive performance at F2W, and Vinny Magalhaes' outstanding use of jiu-jitsu inside the cage at PFL.

IBJJF Miami Open – Miayo Returns, Fight Sports Dominates

The biggest story out of Miami this weekend is Paulo Miyao’s IBJJF suspension has officially ended (for the time being), and he was able to compete for the first time in the federation's events since 2016. He and his brother Joao took gold in the featherweight and light-feather weight divisions, respectively. 

Miami is also home to Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu’s Fight Sports association, and the team certainly defended the castle in style. They took home the first place team trophy with the help of Maggie Grindatti, Viktor Doria (both of whom won double gold at the IBJJF Open AND their matches at F2W the night before) plus, the man himself, Cyborg, who won double gold as well.

London Open: Lindblad Helps Lead Checkmat To Victory

Max Lindblad at a stellar weekend at the IBJJF London open, earning double gold in the middleweight weight and absolute division in the gi. Jackson Sousa also took home three gold medals and a lone silver medal medals from the London open, Gold in gi super-heavy, silver in the absolute (closed out with Lindblad), and double gold in the no-gi event.

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Twin Cities Open – Alliance Takes Top Honors

The IBJJF held their first ever Twin cities open in Minneapolis and we saw top local talent clash with international-level players who made the journey from around the nation in search of ranking points.

Jared Dopp proved once again that, despite being a full-time PhD student, he remains a force to be reckoned with as a black belt competitor, and the Alliance athlete took home double gold. Jeremy Jackson continues to build his collection of medals at black belt — the CTA representative picked up a gold medal in the lightweight division.   

Full list of results


IBJJF Curitiba Spring Open – Fellipe Andre Shines

Felipe Andrew, a rising star representing Robert Drysdales Zenith team, had an outstanding performance at the Curitiba open, winning double gold in both the heavyweight and absolute divisions, holding wins over TILI's Admilson Gobi and Hygor Silva out of Cicero Costha.  

Other notable performances include Ygor Rodrigues of Equipe Marcio Rodrigues and Celber Sousa from Atos – both took home gold in their respective divisions.

Vagner Rocha Prove's he's Elite as They Come At F2W 89

Vagner Rocha secured ANOTHER Fight 2 Win title after a unanimous decision victory over the legendary Augusto "Tanquinho" Mendes, making him the Lightweight and Welterweight Fight 2 Win champion. 

A beautiful backstep pass mark Rocha step over Tanquinoho’s SLX-guard, forcing the Soul Fighters athlete to turtle, only to have Rocha nimbly dive onto his back and secure the position.

Rocha was hunting for the finish with 30 seconds left, applying his trademark Muffler attack (the hands covering the mouth and nose) and looking for a short-choke RNC variation. Tanquinho was tough enough to survive the submission onslaught, but the damage was done, and at the end of regulation the judges awarded Rocha with the unanimous submission victory.  

See the full list of results from the night here

Vinny Magalhães Employs Devastating Jiu-Jitsu Inside The Cage

Vinny Magalhães punched his ticket to the PFL light heavyweight final on Saturday after submitting not one, but two opponents at PFL 9 held in Long Beach, CA. The standout moment of the night for the Royler Gracie / 10th Planet black belt included a beautiful flying triangle attempt that he used to set up a monstrous Kimura finish over Bozigit Ataev.

Submissions (Good) & Stalling (Bad) Define Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio Finals

The finals of the men's black belt and women's brown-black belt divisions were a mixed bag of impressive submissions and interminable stalling.

Yuri Simoes Beats Tim Spriggs At Fight 2 Win 94

It was a clash of two titans at Fight 2 Win 94 in Richmond, CA this evening as Yuri Simoes faced Tim Spriggs in a 10-minute sub-only match. 

How The Finals Were Set: Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio Black Belts Recap

Here are the finalists for each weight class of the adult black belt division, both for men and women.

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio Black Belt Finals Viewing Guide

ADGS Rio: Hywel & Riccardo Recap Black Belt Action and Discuss Finals

Here is a rundown of all the black belt finals that will take place on Sunday November 18 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro. 

Bahiense & Ramalho To Meet in Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio 85kg Final

ADGS Rio: Hywel & Riccardo Recap Black Belt Action and Discuss Finals

The ultra-competitive 85kg division final is set for November 18. at the Abu Dhabi Rio de Janeiro Grand Slam. 

ADWJJT Grand Slam Rio Day One Recap

ADGS Rio: Day 1 Highlights

The first day of action at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio saw adult & masters purple belts take over the Arena Carioca 1 with a thrilling day of jiu-jitsu.

Your Complete Guide to The Women's Brown-Black Belts Divisions at ADGS Rio

Mayssa Bastos (GFTeam) and Gabrieli Pessanha (Infight) are currently tied for second place in the UAEJJF women’s brown/black belt rankings with 400 points after both taking gold at the Grand Slams in Tokyo and Los Angeles. With first place Larissa Paes not registered for Rio, both women have a shot at taking over the top spot in the UAEJJF.

The Gigantic 77kg Division Is The Most Difficult at ADGS Rio, Who Will Win?

The largest black belt bracket for Rio is at 77 kg, with 31 registered athletes.

ADGS Rio: No Clear Favorite in Insanely Deep 69kg Division

The 69 kg bracket is an insanely deep 24 competitor bracket with no clear favorite. Included in the division are Rafael Mansur (NS Brotherhood), Alexssandro Sodre (Clube Feijao), Joao Mendes (Atos), Isaque Paiva (Saikoo), Alexandre Vieira (BTT), Richar Nogueira (Cicero Costha), Victor Moraes (Cicero Costha) and Yago Rodrigues (CTMR).

Everything You Need To Know About The Hague Judo Grand Prix 2018

The Netherlands, the first country other than Japan to claim a world judo title, adds a new chapter to its place in the sport’s history with the second edition of The Hague Grand Prix this weekend at the Sportcampus Zuiderpark from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November.