Formiga Steals The Show On Day 2 Of Masters Worlds

The black belt Master 2 and 3 divisions went down on Thursday at the IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, and there was plenty of exciting action throughout the day. 

The best jiu-jitsu athletes in the world between the ages of 35-45 competed in the Las Vegas Convention Center for the title of Master Worlds champion. Here is a brief recap of what went down in Sin City. 

Formiga defends his top spot at master 2

Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa (Soul Fighters) entered Master Worlds as the top-ranked pound-for-pound in the FloGrappling Master 2 rankings after winning the Master 1 open class here a year ago. Formiga won double gold again in 2019, making it two years in a row with double gold at this event. Formiga went 8-0 on the day, with five wins at middleweight and three in the open class.

Watch: Formiga Gets Quick Sub in Quarter-Final

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Pe de Chumbo takes the Master 3 open

Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno (R1NG) entered Master Worlds as the No. 7-ranked Master 3 athlete in the FloGrappling rankings. Pe de Chumbo ended up closing out the medium-heavyweight division with R1NG teammate and No. 1-ranked Fabio Leopoldo, then later in the day went on to win the open class. First, he won five matches in his weight category, including taking down Eduardo Telles in the semifinal. Three more wins in the open class secured the World Master title for Pe de Chumbo.

Delson Heleno vs Eduardo Telles

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Other Notes

  • Luis Marques (LR Extreme) submitted No. 2-ranked Josh Hinger in the master 2 medium-heavyweight final with a triangle. Hinger had earlier defeated fourth-ranked Alan Finfou.

  • Diego Bispo (Ares) defeated fifth- and sixth-ranked Daniel Tavares and Marcos Yemaso to win at Master 2 lightweight for his fourth straight Master Worlds title.

  • Seventh-ranked Bruno Moreno (Kimura), eight ranked Roberto “Tussa” Alencar (Gracie Barra), and ninth-ranked Felipe Simao (Gracie Barra) all won world titles.

  • At Master 3, second-ranked Cristiano Lazzarini (Gracie Barra) won the heavyweight division

  • Sixth-ranked Cassio Werneck (Cassio Werneck) won the lightweight division)

  • Ninth and fourth-ranked Viktor Doria (Fight Sports) and James Foster (One Jiu-Jitsu) won the super and ultra-heavyweight divisions at Master 3.

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