Grappling Bulletin: IBJJF Heavyweight GP Shake-Up, and Keenan's New Team

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Two names drop out of the IBJJF Heavyweight No-Gi Grand Prix , but it's not such a bad thing when you see who's in. Plus, we find out the name of Keenan's new team, we hear talk about Kron Gracie's weird no-video policy and more.

Buchecha and Lo OUT, Panza and Cyborg IN: ? ➡️ ?

How quick can a sad face become a happy face? Read the above sentence and let us know. 

Due to "scheduling conflicts" Marcus 'Buchecha' Almeida and Leandro Lo are now out of the IBJJF Heavyweight No-Gi Grand Prix at the end of August. 

BUT! Replacing them are Buchecha's Checkmat teammate Luiz Panza and ADCC absolute champ and five-time World No-Gi champion Roberto 'Cyborg' Abreu. 


We're still hoping that Gordon's knee allows him to train for this event, because he straight up told us that if it he can't do a proper training camp then he's not competing– and that applies for ADCC as well. Gah. Get this man some stem cells or something. 

So the updated list of entrants now looks like this: 

  • Gordon Ryan
  • Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa
  • Roberto Cyborg Abreu 
  • Mahamed Aly 
  • Yuri Simoes 
  • Patrick Gaudio 
  • Joao Gabriel Rocha
  • Luiz Panza 

Watch it on August 24 


Quick Results From The Weekend

American Nationals

  • Kennedy Maciel had a solid run at 2019 IBJJF American Nationals with four submissions in five matches, winning both gi and no-gi gold in the featherweight divisions. Watch his matches here.
  • Jaime Canuto has one of the nastiest flying armbars in the biz. Watch him tap out his opponent at American Nationals here
  • Gracie Barra’s Roosevelt Souza won double brown belt gold and impressed us with submissions over Roberto Jimenez and Mateus Luna, among others. The way he flipped Roberto’s berimbolo attack and got the back (and a 60-sec sub) is pretty damn impressive. Watch all his matches here

The full archive of +1700 matches can be found here

Fight 2 Win 117 

  • Kaynan Duarte edged out Gutemberg Pereira via split decision in the main event. Kaynan scored a sweep off a leg entanglement that looked suspiciously like the inside ashi-garami position– is that a hint that Kaynan has been working on his leglock game ahead of ADCC? 
  • Baret Yoshida does what he does best– a choke from the crucifix. He is the absolute master of this attack– watch it here

You can read the full results here – match videos can be found here

Keenan's New Team is Called "Legion"

Josh Hinger and Keenan Cornelius are three episodes deep into the world of podcasting, with Hinger's show (and it's definitely Hinger's show) called "The Matburn Podcast". Well played, Mr. Hinger. 

We discovered that Keenan's new team has got a name– eagle-eyed grappling fans would have seen it on his gi at Worlds. Cool logo, bro. 


"Legion is the thing you can sign up under, I don't remember what I named it actually but the IBJJF did approve it. But you can sign up under my team if you want to. So if anybody wants to compete at something just shoot me a message and I can sign the papers for you." 

Keenan claims it's NOT like the BJJ Globetrotters and it will be a "legitimate team" but right now he doesn't have anybody. "I will soon when I open my gym." 

Cooper says No Kron for you!

Speaking on the Eike Wilken Podcast, jiu-jitsu filmmaker Stuart Cooper revealed that you won't see any Kron Gracie videos anytime soon. 

Apparently, Kron doesn't want too much video of him released during his career and instead wants one big documentary once he's retired. Huh. 


Cooper made his name back in 2011 by releasing an ADCC highlight and video profiles of world-class grapplers. Although he's suffered some serious injuries in his time– including a dislocated arm, a broken ankle and most recently a torn meniscus– Cooper is known for being a tough roll and plans to put his camera to one side and aim to compete in the 2021 ADCC. The only question is, who'll make his highlight video?*

*Trick question– we will!



ADCC Champs Predict: Kaynan vs Rodolfo

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For the second straight event, Who's Number One (WNO) will feature a clash of ADCC champions in the main event. After Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz in October, this time around we are bringing you 2019 99+kg champ Kaynan Duarte vs 2015 99kg champ Rodolfo Vieira in no-gi, submission only action.

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How to Watch IBJJF American Nationals, Ronaldo Junior, Doederlein & More

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The IBJJF returns this weekend for the 2020 American Nationals, a two-day event which will include gi and no-gi tournaments.

WNO: Kaynan Duarte vs Rodolfo Vieira Official Event Preview

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Who's Number One (WNO) will return on Friday, December 11th, for yet another massive card at WNO: Kaynan Duarte vs Rodolfo Vieira. The event will feature six no-gi matches, all 15 minutes in length and under WNO submission only rules. As always, the best in the world will collide on the WNO mat, establishing who is truly number one in the no-gi scene today.

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Garry Tonon returns to action on December 4 with a fight against Koyomi Matsushima of Japan.

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John Danaher And The Entire DDS Will Join Gordon Ryan In Puerto Rico!

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After the big news last week about how Gordon Ryan is moving to Puerto Rico, everyone wondered what the training situation would be like for the P4P #1 grappler on earth. It sounds like after Gordon, Nicky, Nat and Big Gord linked up with Mo Jassim down in Dorado, the entire Danaher Death Squad will be joining them shortly.

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Five Biggest Takeaways From The 2020 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championships

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Major events such as No-Gi Pans always offer huge lessons about the top competitors, and the major developments in jiu-jitsu at large. This edition was no different. While the cream of the crop reminded us why they have remained dominant over the years, several new black belts could soon be on the rise.

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10 Must-See Black Belt Submissions From The 2020 IBJJF No-Gi Pans

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The black belt divisions of No-Gi Pans were full of submissions. Here are some of the fastest, most unusual, and most dominant match-enders from the entire day!

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Lightweight Igor Feliz had a breakout performance at the Atlanta open on Saturday, capturing gold with two submission victories. He followed that up on Sunday with an even more significant double-gold outing, winning three matches in his weight class before collecting four more victories in the open weight division.

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The 7 Most Exciting Black Belt Matches From No-Gi Pans

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The black belt weight Categories have concluded at No-Gi Pans and all that remains as of writing is the absolute division (which is looking completely stacked).  We've gone through the action and selected the seven best matches from the day. Jump in and enjoy. 

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