American Men Set New Record With FIVE Gold Medals at IBJJF No-Gi Worlds

It was a good day for Americans as they set a new record for gold medals in the male black belt divisions. 

Gianni Grippo and Josh Hinger impressed the most with submissions in their finals– the only black belts to finish their opponents– beating Marcio Andre and Marcos Tinoco respectively. 

Tim Spriggs won a decision over Jackson Sousa in a razor thin aggressive battle that saw a lot of wrestling. Down on points, Spriggs utilized a tremendous workrate to dig deep and even the score and earned a unanimous decision when the match ended tied 4-4. 

Gordon Ryan had his hands full with Roberto Abreu in the ultra-heavyweight final and latterly Yuri Simoes in the absolute final. Cyborg ended up DQ'd for accumulating penalties for stalling and slapping Gordon in the face. Yuri turned himself around for a much better performance compared to his 11-0 defeat earlier in the day to test Gordon's guard to the limit. Ryan narrowly beat the four-time World No-Gi black belt champion via a single advantage. 

This is the first time American men have earned more than three black belt gold medals since 2013, when Justin Rader, JT Torres and Rafael Lovato Jr. were all crowned champion. 

2018 American male black belt World No-Gi champions

  • Adult / Male / Black / Light: Gianni Grippo (watch final)
  • Adult / Male / Black / Medium-Heavy: Josh Hinger (watch final)
  • Adult / Male / Black / Heavy: Tim Spriggs (watch final)
  • Adult / Male / Black / Ultra-Heavy: Gordon Ryan (watch final)
  • Adult / Male / Black / Open Class: Gordon Ryan (watch final)

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

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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.

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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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