OK, so the big news from the weekend that got EVERYBODY talking was that Keenan Cornelius is no longer with Atos. And he didn’t just leave– he got the boot. Sounds harsh but he told us so himself. We’ve reached out to Andre Galvao for details and we’re waiting on a reply. Maybe Keenan can elaborate more when the dust settles.
Don’t let all that distract you from the fact there was a ton of good jiu-jitsu over the weekend. Eddie Cummings came back for the first time in forever at Fight 2 Win, Formiga showed once again he’s an absolutely incredible technician, and Mayssa Bastos affirmed her position as one of the top pound-for-pound female grapplers in the game. Catch up on the matches here.
And now, for results from around the world. There were a number big IBJJF events, here are the key results.
Fellipe Andrew wins heavyweight at BJJ Pro
Fresh from winning gold at the Pans, Fellipe Andrew adds another notch to his belt with a first-place finish at the BJJ Pro in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba. Andrew (Zenith) won R$4,000 (approx $1000) for hitting the top of the heavyweight podium.
Also winning cash prizes were:
- Unheralded featherweight winner Pedro Petronio of Cicero Costha, who beat Joao Neto of Alliance
- Middleweight champ Alexandre Joaquim (aka Robinho) from Calasans's gym, the badass we saw come out of nowhere at Pans. Watch this guy.
- Helton Junior of Atos took gold at at ultra-heavy, beating Igor Schneider (NS Brotherhood) in the final
- Claudia do Val won the women’s absolute. She's not lost a match since forever, and is currently leading the IBJJF Ranking with a massive 3067.5 points, which is over 1000 points ahead of second-place Tayane Porfirio.
Luiz Panza takes double gold in San Jose
A rare sighting of Panza. He doesn't compete much nowadays, he skipped Pans but had that great match with Cyborg at F2W 106. Good to see him back in action at the San Jose Open. The Checkmat black belt picked up double gold with just one match at ultra-heavyeweight but three solid bouts in the open class. He beat Victor Silverio of Gracie Barra in the final.
Up and down weekend for Mahamed Aly
Skimming the results from Boston Open and we noticed that Mahamed Aly lost in his weight division to the relatively-unknown Ricardo Sampaio of Alliance. Aly bounced back to win gold in the absolute division though.
*Update* We've been informed that Aly forfeited the match to Sampaio, allowing him to take gold.
Lucas Rocha emerges top of stacked middleweight bracket
ZR Team black belt Lucas Rocha is always one of those guys to watch, he's super dangerous and capable of beating the best. Big results have eluded him so far, but he put in a solid showing at the San Jose Open beating Victor Silverio and Nathan Mendelsohn.
In other news:
Juan Cleber of Marco Nascimento won the medium-heavyweight gold in San Jose with a kneebar submission over Kim Terra. Cleber beat Rhalan Gracie in the same bracket, and returned the next day to win no-gi gold too.
Gianni Grippo and Vinicius "Trator" Ferreira both took home gold from Boston, winning lightweight and super-heavyweight respectively.
Horlando Monteiro beat Dominique Bell in the heavyweight final in San Jose.
Devhonte Johnson was crowned champ in Boston after beating Diogo Araujo and winning the heavyweight division.