Record Breakers: Simoes and Lovato Jr To Battle at F2W 104

Fight 2 Win 104 hits Dallas, TX this Saturday, March 9 and the two record-breaking titans will face off.

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Two Titans: Lovato Jr. & Yuri Simoes 

Lovato Jr. wrote history as the first American to win the Brazilian Nationals. Since then, he has cemented his spot as a top competitor by earning every major IBJJF title, making multiple ADCC appearances, and most recently defending his F2W No-Gi title for two years against tough opponents like Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu, Tim Spriggs, and 3x IBJJF No-Gi World champion Josh Hinger.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Vs Josh Hinger – F2W 95


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Lovato Jr. is a machine, always on the prowl for competition, he sustains a packed jiu-jitsu competition schedule while simultaneously maintaining an undefeated professional MMA career.

As the current 210lb Gi and No-Gi champion, Rafael Lovato Jr. may seem unstoppable on the Fight 2 Win stage, but no one is more ready to dethrone the champ than pound-for-pound Flograppling ranked 2 contender Yuri Simoes.

Simoes is a 2x ADCC champion and a two-time IBJJF No-Gi World absolute division champion. The pair have met twice at the 2012 and 2014 IBJJF Pans, where Simoes defeated Lovato Jr. in the gi via advantages. Will the dynamic shift in the sub-only, no-gi format? No matter what, it is definitely a matchup you don’t want to miss.

Formiga, Jackson, Ribamar, & Nathiely to Fill out Blockbuster Card

F2W 104 features two additional title matches in the gi. 

Rafael Formiga (Soul Fighters), an IBJJF Master World champion, will meet F2W veteran Nick Green for the Masters Welterweight title, and current IBJJF World Champion Nathiely De Jesus (RPBJJ) takes the stage to defend her F2W welterweight title against seasoned pro and former IBJJF World champion Talita Nogueira (NS Brotherhod). 

Nogueria has been absent from competition in recent years, so fans will be excited to see her return against a current women’s jiu-jitsu phenom.

Ribarmar; victorious.

Joining what will be an absolutely stacked stage is a 185lb gi match between DJ Jackson (TLI) and Manuel Ribamar (RPBJJ), both of whom have been on a tear this year. Jackson and Ribamar have met three times in the gi: Ribamar claiming the victory twice, including their most recent matchup at the middleweight King of Mats. Will Ribamar stay on top or will Jackson even the score?

Jessa Khan Motivated And Ready After Promotion

AOJ athlete Jessa Khan has had one of the best runs of success at the colored belts over the last few years. The 18-year-old has already won Worlds four times, No-Gi Worlds three times, Pans four times, No-Gi Pans, Europeans twice, the Abu Dhabi World Pro, and the Asian Games. Recently promoted to brown belt by Guilherme Mendes after winning double gold at the IBJJF Long Beach Open, Jessa is one step closer to competing at the highest level in the sport at black belt.

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The BJJ Fanatics Submission Only Grand Prix is bringing together the best the no-gi scene has to offer, from ADCC and IBJJF No-Gi World champions to submission only specialists. We have already covered who we think the favorites in this bracket are (minus Trator, who recently pulled out of the event, and Gordon Ryan, who has been replaced by Nick Rodriguez), but there are a bunch of dangerous athletes registered for the event.

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Marcio Andre is one of the most successful athletes of his generation, whether talking about in the gi or no-gi. Marcio is a 2016 No-Gi Worlds champion and has won Europeans three times in the gi to go with two silver medals from Worlds. He has wins in his career over athletes such as Rubens Charles "Cobrinha," Paulo Miyao, Gianni Grippo, Isaac Doederlein, and Leo Saggioro.

Nick Rodriguez In For BJJ Fanatics Grand Prix

2019 ADCC silver medalist Nick Rodriguez has stepped up to replace his teammate Gordon Ryan at the BJJ Fanatics Submission Only Grand Prix. While everyone was no doubt excited to see Gordon compete at the event before he pulled out, the No. 2-ranked 99+ competitor in the world is about as good of a replacement as you can get.

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Rodolfo Out, Erberth To Face Gordon At Third Coast Grappling 3

The disappointing news that Rodolfo Vieira won’t be facing Gordon Ryan at Third Coast Grappling III on Dec. 7 has been tempered by the fact that none other than the Brazilian bad boy Erberth Santos will be stepping in to take his place.

Grappling Bulletin: Is The Jiu-Jitsu Belt System Due For An Overhaul?

With the success of Tye Ruotolo at F2W, we ask if it's time to rethink the way the belt structure exists.

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Sixteen-year-old Tye Ruotolo (Atos) defeated Vagner Rocha (Fight Sports) in his Fight 2 Win debut, while Marcos “Yemaso” Torregrosa, Jaime Canuto, and Josh Hinger also won big in Richmond, California. 

BJJ Fanatics Grand Prix & GrappleFest Next For Dante Leon

Dante Leon has had a breakout year in 2019, storming the no-gi circuit with submission wins over Isaque Bahiense, Edwin Najmi, and Matheus Lutes to go with a fourth-place finish at ADCC. Dante was no slouch in previous years, winning Pan No-Gi twice and finishing third at No-Gi Worlds, but he has no doubt gone up a level in 2019.

Tex Is Ready To Show His Game At BJJ Fanatics Grand Prix

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