Caio Caetano To Step In for Injured Finfou at King Of Mats

The  2019 Abu Dhabi King of Mats roster has been shuffled once again.

First, Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa replaced Gilbert Burns, and now, it has been revealed that veteran competitor and dark horse of the event Alan "Finfou" do Nascimento has sustained an injury and will not be able to compete in the 85kg KOM competition.  

Luckily, given the barrage of talent set to compete at the 2019 ADGS Abu Dhabi this same week, event organizers were able to find a very intriguing replacement for Finfou on short notice in NS Brotherhood's surging new black belt and 2018 LA Grand Slam Champion Caio Caetano.

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Although only promoted to black belt after the 2018 World Championships, Caetano had one of the most impressive performances of at the LA Grand Slam of any competitor, besting veteran black belt Victor Silverio, rising star Leo Lara and solid competitors Alef Birto and Michael Trasso on his path to gold in the 77kg division. 

Caio Caetano vs. Leo Lara – 2018 LA Grand Slam

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A shot at the King of Mats will certainly be a step up in competition as Caetano will now get to tangle with four of the very best jiu-jitsu athletes on the mats today, including Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa, Espen Mathiesen, Rudson Mateus and Gabriel Arges.  

A solid showing here will catapult Caetano from rising prospect to legitimate contender in all future appearances.  

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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