Weekend Recap: Brown Belt Beats Miyao, A 15yo Tears Up ADCC Trials and More

A brown belt proves once again he can beat world class black belts, a teenager struts his stuff at ADCC Trials and more in your essential Weekend Recap.

Spyder Invitational BJJ Championship: Alves Shines 

Gui Mendes told us way back that Alves (pictured top) was a special talent, but who could have predicted what would do in 2018? After narrowly losing in final the World championships in June as a purple belt, Alves was promoted to brown belt by his coaches the Mendes brothers. 

He bounced back like nothing had happened, and went on to beat 2018 black belt World champ Jamil Hill at the Spyder Quarterfinals. His win was no fluke, because he followed it up last weekend with a win over Paulo Miyao in the final to become the 2018 Spyder -76kg champion! 

Spyder’s mission of putting brown and black belts together into what are two absolute divisions (under 76kg and over 76kg) has created some match-ups we would never otherwise see, and these have evolved into results we could never predict. 

Watch the entire Spyder Invitational replay here

Fight 2 Win 92: Wright Edges Out Cooper 

The non-stop traveling submission-only grappling show that is Fight 2 Win returned to their home base of Denver, Colorado for their 92nd show, which was headlined by a no-gi match between Bill Cooper and Isiah Wright. 

Cooper was at one time one of the brightest young prospects in American jiu-jitsu. As the years the 31-year-old is now almost old-school. Wright is a young submission-hungry black belt local to Denver and a regular face on the Fight 2 Win circuit. 

Wright managed to get a win over Cooper in an entertaining and competitive bout that was declared a split decision by the three judges. 

ADCC Trials: 15yo Tye Ruotolo Goes Far in Stacked 66kg Division

The Ruotolo Twins are pretty well-known for a pair of kids who only just got their blue belts a few months ago! From videos of them tooling up kids in local tournaments to high praise from their Atos coaches and their RVCA sponsorship, they’re among the most familiar young faces in the game. 

The brothers Kade and Tye entered the 66kg division at ADCC East Coast Trials, and while both won their opening matches it was Tye who managed to go the furthest. Tye defeated J. Rosales with an unorthodox shoulder attack from a crucifix that looked kind of like a “legmura”. Wins over leglock specialist Robert Diggle and black belt technician Adam Benayoun followed before Ruotolo lost to overall winner Ethan Crelinsten. 

IBJJF Long Beach Open: Double Gold for Josh Hinger 

Having flirted with competing in the Masters divisions of late, Josh Hinger showed he’s still got what it takes to beat the youngsters by winning double gold at the IBJJF Long Beach Open. 

36-year-old Hinger took top spot by winning four matches all by submission. Watch out for Josh as he makes his Fight 2 Win debut in December against Rafael Lovato Jr in a no-gi match, which should be very entertaining. 

Claudia do Val Closes Out Eurotrip with Gold Gold Gold 

Just leaving this here. Two-time IBJJF World champ Claudia Do Val competed in ten IBJJF events in five countries and came away with 10 gold medals. 

Live Updates: 2019 IBJJF Pans Black Belt Finals

It's the final day of the 2019 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships and I'll be running live updates from matside. 

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


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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