Early Look at Registrations: Most Promising IBJJF No-Gi Worlds in Years?

The list of names signed up for the 2018 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship promises some of the most competitive divisions we've seen in years. 

No-Gi Worlds will take place on Dec 14*-16, 2018 in Anaheim, California. 

*The IBJJF may schedule matches for December 14 if the number of athletes registered exceeds capacity to fit the event in two days 

You will be able to watch the entire event LIVE or On Demand ONLY on FloGrappling. Every mat will be live streamed and you can switch between mats to follow friends or zero in on the best action from the biggest names. 

Shortly after each match is over, they are available to watch On Demand in the FloGrappling event archive. Go to the event page, click Videos and then search by name. 

Registration for the 2018 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship runs until December 6, so we're far from seeing the final list. Even still, eager competitors have already put their names forward and we've got some seriously stacked divisions to look forward to. 

Three of the men's divisions stand out for the sheer depth of talent. 

Ultra-heavyweight contains two ADCC champions (Gordon Ryan and Cyborg), a five-time No-Gi World Champion (again, Cyborg), an ADCC silver medalist (Jared Dopp), two ADCC Trials winners (Adam Sachnoff and Tex Johnson) and a judo Olympic gold medalist (Satoshi Ishii). 

Lightweight is the biggest black belt division with 19 registered competitors, including 2016 World champion Marcio Andre. 

Heavyweight is also looking particularly stacked with Jackson Sousa (2013 World champ), Arnaldo Maidana (2017 World champ), Thiago Sa (2015 silver), three-time ADCC veteran James Brasco, ADCC Trials winner Tim Spriggs, plus Patrick Gaudio, Devhonte Johnson and Nick Schrock. 

Three-time World No-Gi champ Pati Fontes (2015, 2016, 2017) returns to go for a fourth straight championship gold in the female light-featherweight division. 

Nathiely de Jesus, who took double gold in 2016, is signed up, as is ADCC champ and two-time World No-Gi champ Michelle Nicolini. 

Scroll down for the current list of registered competitors (list subject to change). 

Male competitors 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Rooster


Cícero Lívio Ribeiro Saldanha PaivaAres BJJ Brasil
Lucas dos Santos PinheiroAtos Jiu-Jitsu
Tomoyuki HashimotoCarpe Diem
Perez R. Figueroa Jr.Team Redzovic
Nobuhiro Sawada

Tri-Force Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Total: 5

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light-Feather


Adriano da Silva Moraes

American Top Team - West Palm Beach

Rene Eduardo LopezBrasa CTA
Windson Ramos da SilvaCheckMat USA
Chris Russell

Fredson Paixao BJJ Las Vegas

Alex EcklinMasterskya
João Pedro Oliveira RodriguesSoul Fighters Texas
Total: 6

BLACK / Adult / Male / Feather


Matheus Evangelista Gonzaga

Alliance Bernardo Faria

Samir José Chantre DahásAres BJJ
Scott DanceBJJ Revolution Team
Tomoshige SeraCarpe Diem
Matheus Gabriel Pinheiro Barros

Checkmat Dallas - Keiser Girao

Adam Paul FerraraGF Team
Jacob Michael FerraraGF Team Ohio
Pablo Mantovani DutraGuetho Jiu Jitsu
Charles Denny MurdockRoberto Traven BJJ
Joseph Robert BreslinSBG Ireland
Total: 10

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light


Paul Barch10th Planet Jiu Jitsu
Lachlan S. Giles

Absolute MMA Australia

Frederico Augusto Alves SilvaAlliance Charlotte
Johnny Joachin Tama ApolinarioAlliance Ecuador
Felipe Linhares ArrudaAlliance Maryland
Caio Rigante NunesAlliance SP
Masahiro IwasakiCarpe Diem
Filipe Rodrigues da CunhaCascão Jiu Jitsu BR
Pierpaolo Chiappe

Fernando Terere Jiu-Jitsu

Gialysson Adão Silva FreitasGF Team
Ítalo Silva Lins de Albuquerque

GF Team International

Vinicius Wingerter de Lima

GF Team International

Cody James OrrisonGracie Fighter
Adam JonesLin Martial Arts
Francisco Cuneo

Lotus Club International

Marcio Andre da Costa Barbosa JuniorNova União
Daniel Seth Davis

Open Mat Mixed Martial Arts

Rodrigo Lamounier de Freitas

Rodrigo Freitas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Rafael Domingos Benedito

Zenith BJJ - Las Vegas

Total: 19

BLACK / Adult / Male / Middle


Issa AbleAres BJJ
David Garmo

Detroit Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Darragh O'ConaillECJJA
Enrico Daniel CoccoFight Sports
Robert G. MalofGF Team Ohio
Michael Ray Trasso

Gracie Humaita San Diego Competition Team

Rennick Keolani Kama Jr.LEAD BJJ
Williams Silva LimaOmar Salum Jiu-Jitsu
Vegard Arentz RandebergOXY
Enrique D. GalarzaSilver Fox BJJ
Lucas Rocha de FreitasZR Team Association
Total: 11

BLACK / Adult / Male / Medium-Heavy


Thomas Alban Jules LoubersanesAtos Jiu-Jitsu
Abner Soares de SouzaBrazilian Top Team
Ezra Zendt LenonCavalo Team
Kalil Muriel Da Silva NascimentoFight Sports
Kit James Dale

Maromba Academia International

Nicholas GreeneRalph Gracie
Nicholas Patrick CalvaneseTAC Team BJJ
Alika K. AngermanZenith BJJ
Total: 8

BLACK / Adult / Male / Heavy


Thiago Sá Fortes SilvaCheckMat
Jackson Sousa dos Santos

CheckMat Fight Zone London

Jason Rene SelvaCheckMat USA
Arnaldo Maidana de Oliveira

Checkmat Woodland Hills

James Richard BrascoFight Sports
Patrick Pontes Moura Santos GaudioGF Team
Nick SchrockRibeiro Jiu-Jitsu
Timothy-Michael SpriggsTeam Lloyd Irvin
Devhonte M. JohnsonUnity Jiu-jitsu
Total: 9

BLACK / Adult / Male / Super-Heavy


Charles Kilyan Mcguire

American Top Team BJJ

Kaynan Casemiro DuarteAtos Jiu-Jitsu
Jorge Andres Escudero BarbaCheckMat
Luiz Fernando de Azevedo PanzaCheckMat USA
Francisco Carlos de Leon

Gracie Barra New Mexico

James Richard PuopoloLovato Jiu-Jitsu
Ruben Araújo Fonseca

Netto Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Total: 7

BLACK / Adult / Male / Ultra-Heavy


Adam Bruce Sachnoff10th Planet Jiu Jitsu
Jared Lynn DoppAlliance
Roberto de Abreu FilhoFight Sports
Evangelos MoumtzisGracie Barra Greece
Satoshi IshiiParaestra Tokyo
Gordon F. Ryan III

Renzo Gracie Academy

John Leslie HansenRodrigo Vaghi BJJ
Aaron Michael JohnsonUnity Jiu-jitsu
Total: 8

Female competitors 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Light-Feather


Liwia Gluchowska

Absolute MMA Australia

Patrícia Maria N. Fontes dos SantosCheckMat USA
Miriam Cardoso Cerqueira

Elite Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Redmond

Fiona M. WatsonFight Club
Sofia Rosa AmaranteFight Sports
Rita Lynne Gribben

Gracie Humaita South Bay

Total: 6

BLACK / Adult / Female / Feather


Heather H. RafteryAtos Jiu-Jitsu
Kristin Mikkelson

Brazil 021 International

Nathalie Wan Soares Veras RibeiroCheckMat USA
Jessica Cristina C. A. dos Santos

Elite Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Redmond

Total: 4

BLACK / Adult / Female / Light


Michelle Zonato NicoliniCheckMat
Jena Rae Bishop

Gracie Humaita San Diego Competition Team

Total: 2

BLACK / Adult / Female / Middle


Luanna Alzuguir Marton MoraesAlliance SP
Ana Carolina Vieira SrourGF Team
Leoni MunslowNew School BJJ
Total: 3

BLACK / Adult / Female / Medium-Heavy


Alejandra GonzalezCarlson Gracie Team
Claudia Fernanda Onofre Valim DovalDe La Riva JJ
Total: 2

BLACK / Adult / Female / Heavy


Nathiely Karoline Melo de JesusUnity Jiu-jitsu
Maria MalyjasiakZenith BJJ
Total: 2

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