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. 

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.