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.



11 Must-See Black Belt Matches from Pans

The first day of black belt competition at the 2019 Pan Championships delivered the kind action expected of such a high caliber event. 

IBJJF Pan Championship: Live Updates of Black Belt Absolute Division

The 2019 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship black belt absolute division will run on Mats 5-8, with men on 5 & 8 and women on 6 & 7. Watch the live stream here. 

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Pans Black Belt Live Updates: Saturday Morning Opening Rounds

Follow along as I recap the opening rounds of the male black belt weight divisions. The black belts start at 9.00am sharp with qualifying rounds and they'll work through to the quarterfinals (which go down tomorrow, Sunday March 23). 

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PANS 2019: Women's Absolute Black Belt Brackets OUT NOW

The women’s black belt absolute has 14 competitors signed up and is remarkable for the fact that Gabi Garcia makes her return to gi jiu-jitsu. 

Pan Black Belt Absolute Division Brackets OUT NOW

The brackets are out for the Pan black belt absolute division! Get a look at them right here.

IBJJF 2019 Pan Male Purple Belt Standouts: Munis, Tainan, Meyram & More

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The men’s purple belt divisions lit up the opening day of the 2019 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Irvine, CA. Of the 10 available gold medals, nine were claimed by Brazilians while the Japanese grappler Hiryu Niwa took top spot in the roosterweight division. 

Road to Pans Gold: Pedro Machado (Gordo Jiu-Jitsu)

The medium-heavy purple belt division was filled to the brim with rising talents from around the world, but none performed more beautifully today then Gordo Jiu-Jitsu representative Pedro Machado.

Middleweight: The Most Competitive Black Belt Division at 2019 IBJJF Pans

The largest black belt division at this year’s Pans, middleweight also has a ridiculous amount of athletes with a legit shot of challenging for the title.  

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Lo, Kaynan, Gaudio: Why Heavyweight Is The Most Intriguing Division at Pans

The heavyweight division always offers plenty of entertainment, but this year we should see a three way race to gold between powerhouse athletes Leandro Lo, Patrick Gaudio and Kaynan Duarte. 

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2019 IBJJF Pan Championship Purple Belt Viewing Guide

It's the eve of the IBJJF 2019 Pan Championships, and as per tradition, the event is set to run the adult purple belt divisions over the first two days of competition, bringing the sport's budding talents to the fore. 

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