Are The Ruotolo Bros On Track To Be Among The Greatest Of All Time?

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You may remember Tye and Kade Ruotolo as the adorable orange belts who barely fit in their baggy Shoyoroll gis with great big smiles. But now at 16 years old, they may be unrecognizable now. The once innocuous-looking children have traded in their billowing kimonos for shorts, a rash guard, and a mean submission-focused style that is shaking up the jiu-jitsu scene.

In 2019 Tye and Kade have completely redefined themselves as competitors and have found success much earlier than many were predicting. In one of the most historically difficult divisions to shine in, these teens have already set themselves apart. So, how have they been able to make the transition from kids' competition to adult so smoothly?

WATCH: Kade & Tye ADCC Trials Highlights 

The pocket-sized assassins have long ruled the California competition scene from grey through green belts and quickly made a name for themselves as future stars of the sport by pulling off highlight-reel submissions one after the other. 

Starting jiu-jitsu training at the age of 4, it's no surprise that these two young men have racked up a few (or hundreds of) gold medals over the years. But what's most surprising to me is how well they've performed since making the jump to the big leagues.

Normally when a highly touted kid or juvenile competitors finally does make the transition to adult, it can take a few years to adjust to the ever-rising level of black belt competition. In jiu-jitsu there is a belt system for a very good reason; there are levels to this game and a blue belt just doesn't have a chance against a seasoned black belt. If you've put in time on the mats you know this to be a universal truth. 

But Tye and Kade are not your average athletes. 

It's very clear to me that these two possess a special skill set that we have only seen glimpses of in the past. Here are four concrete reasons why I believe these innocent-looking orange belts could be turning into the greatest submission artists the sport has ever seen right in front of our eyes.

1. The Moment Isn't Too Big For Them

They say competition is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical, and if you subscribe to that theory you'll have no trouble understanding the success of the Ruotolo brothers. 

Kade and Tye have grown up on jiu-jitsu mats and have lived in the spotlight of the sport for more than 10 years. This type of constant attention and scrutiny can be hard to deal with for athletes diving into the deep end. Super fights, cash prizes, legendary foes, and big crowds are overwhelming and take experience to learn to deal with. But Tye and Kade have lived this reality for years and it's starting to pay off for them.

Their wealth of experience on the mats and in the bullpen has provided them the maturity to perform beyond their ability when the moment is the biggest. The best example of this, of course, is Tye's most recent run at the ADCC World Championships. Being the youngest competitor in the 66kg bracket, Tye turned in one of the most inspiring performances in recent memory to make the semifinals of our sport's toughest tournament. 

Some athletes compete well in the gym but have a hard time putting things together on competition day. With the Ruotolos that is not the case; their competition record thus far proves they are ready for anything jiu-jitsu competition can throw at them. From grizzled veteran grapplers to hip rookie leg lockers, the Ruotolos have an answer for it all. 


2. They Are Submission Hunters

One of my personal favorite things about Kade and Tye is that watching their jiu-jitsu is a real treat. They are high-paced submission hunters who will always be pressing the action and diving on d’arce chokes, guillotines, and just about anything they can find. 

During their East Coast and West Coast ADCC trials run, the pair pulled off quite a few awe-inspiring submissions but none was more impressive than Kade’s opening round submission in California. The rare Mir lock submission went viral almost immediately with many pros asking themselves what it was they just saw. 

At the end of 2018, we here at FloGrappling paid tribute to the epic match between Tye and Ryan Hall black belt Adam Benayoun by nominating it for no-gi match of the year. Although neither sibling came away from these tournaments with gold they certainly established themselves as fan favorites.

One last point — I can't write an article about the Ruotolo brothers without speaking on their favorite submission, the d'arce choke. These two are single-handedly making the d'arce choke cool again (yup, I said it). While everyone else is obsessed with learning the new leg lock tricks and the latest berimbolo variation, the Ruotolos are choking opponents out with one of the most classic techniques in jiu-jitsu. 

These two dive from every angle on this choke and as a result have made it their most dangerous attack. Recently Kade finished his opponent Jeremy Skinner at Grapple Fest 7 with the highlight-reel choke.


3. They Are Focused On Getting Better

Both Tye and Kade have been known on the competition scene basically since they won their first tournaments at the ages of 4, so when professor Galvao suggested they enter the ADCC East Coast Trials the brothers weren’t so sure about the suggestion at first.

After all, no-gi competition was a bit out of their wheelhouse and they had never competed with the inclusion of heel hooks before. Most competitions ban leg locks for the younger divisions and this would be a big step up in competition for both young men. Luckily they took their mentor’s advice and entered the East Coast trials and began focusing their efforts on learning the metagame of no-gi grappling.

Both boys lost tough matches to experienced leg lockers on the east coast but vowed to bounce back when ADCC rolled through California. In between the challenging tournaments, they brushed up on their leg lock defense with Angre Galvao and took a trip out to New York to train with the Ryan brothers and their mentor John Danaher. Making sure to close up some of the noticeable holes in their game became their new priority.

Since the beginning of the year, the Ruotolos look like almost entirely different grapplers. They're now comfortable in the leg locking positions and ready for any reaction their opponents might throw at them. Just listen to Kade break down his most recent win at Grapplefest 7 — it's clear they are focused on evolving and putting in the work needed to win.

I thought the matches went well. I had a tough opponent (since) he was a good leg locker. I think I fought a smart strategy; passing on the outside is something my brother and I have been working on a lot. Stepping on the leg and it’s been working out really well against leg lock type competitors. It’s really hard for them to get underneath us and then we have a system from there to gas them out. It’s been very effective. Happy to have executed it.


4. They Have a Super Support System

Back in April of last year, the 15-year-old Kade and Tye Ruotolo were promoted from green belt to blue belt by their professor Andre Galvao and began to take the next step in their jiu-jitsu careers. They had long dominated at the lower colored belts and many had wondered and speculated how the Ruotfolos would stack up against the increasingly loaded juvenile divisions. 

It shouldn’t surprise any of us (especially now) that both brothers carried on their streak of dominance at the blue belt with gold medals at the IBJJF European Championships, IBJJF Pan Championships, IBJJF San Diego International Open, and countless others. 

First, let's talk about their main mentor and professor Andre Galvao. I've been lucky enough to spend some time with the storied champion and the stable of athletes he leads at Atos HQ in San Diego, so I'm not surprised to see Tye and Kade following so closely in his footsteps. I cannot think of a better role model for two young competitors in the sport than Andre Galvao

I've been able to visit San Diego on occasion and witness firsthand the type of environment that Andre Galvao leads his students in, and it's a special place to be every day with the best grapplers in the world. Andre's history in the sport speaks for itself. He's gone through everything there is and might be one of the only people who can properly prepare these two for what they are bound to encounter on their jiu-jitsu journey. From high-profile superfights to managing nerves through a multi-day tournament to navigating the perils of social media, I truly think they couldn't be in better hands.

Finally, we can't talk about support systems without speaking on the role the Ruotolo family has played in their development. Whether it's leaning on your brother when your having an off day or getting that much-needed look of encouragement from their mom having a team behind you that supports you no matter the outcome goes a long way. Nothing can replace that type of motivation, and luckily it seems like something both Tye and Kade have in spades. Listen to what Tye had to say after his inspiring ADCC performance. 

I’ve always set high standards for myself: I’ve always wanted more. I never wanted to settle at juvenile. I thank my mom for pretty much everything I’ve ever done in my life. She’s done so much for me and opened my mind to what’s possible. She’s helped me through so much. I just want to thank my mom right now. I love her so much. 

Whatever the reasons, it's obviously clear that these two are destined for great things. And if you haven't been paying attention to these phenom grapplers it's time you start. At the rate they are progressing, who knows what podium they'll be standing on top of next year!

Who Were The 2020 IBJJF European Champs?

The 2020 IBJJF Europeans delivered a perfect start to the year: an explosive tournament that crowned new champions, delivered huge upsets, and set records. 

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The 2020 IBJJF Europeans delivered a perfect start to the year: an explosive tournament that crowned new champions, delivered huge upsets, and set records. 

Some quick facts: 

  • There were 12 first-time Euros winners, with four of those being rookie black belts.
  • Brazilians claimed 10 gold medals, with the remaining nine being shared by five other countries (USA, UK, Japan, Norway, Belgium).
  • More matches ended via submission than any other method. There were 7 submissions, 5 wins via points, 4 via advantages, 2 decisions, 1 closeout, and 1 DQ. 

Here is a rundown of each final, with a description of how the match went and a link to watch the video. 

Adult / Male / Black / Rooster – watch final

Tomoyuki Hashimoto of Japan was extremely close to getting the submission win over standout rookie Thalison Soares of Brazil. The youngster was caught dead to rights in a deep triangle, but maneuvered his way out of bounds and was DQ'd as a result. 

Silver medalist in 2019, Hashimoto earned his first European gold medal this year and it will sit next to his previous Pan and World No-Gi gold medals. 

Adult / Male / Black / Light-Feather – watch final

Much has been said of Michael Musumeci Jr's wild weekend in Lisbon, but his final with Jonas Andrade of Cicero Costha was one of the least-talked about matches the American grappler fought in. Maybe the exertions of the weekend were catching up with him, or maybe Andrade didn't want to get submitted like his teammate Diego Pato, but the final was a technical affair with little to report on. Musumeci won via decision in a match best remembered for the inconsistent ref's calls that drove Caio Terra crazy. 

Adult / Male / Black / Feather – watch final

Bronze in 2018, silver in 2019, and now gold in 2020. Isaac Doederlein is the perfect example of hard work delivering results. The Alliance black belt has steadily grown into one of the best featherweight black belts in the world, and this was confirmed with his win over the legendarily-tough Leo Saggioro in the final. A good start for 2020 for Doederlein, who will certainly be one of the main contenders in this division for the big prizes this year. 

Adult / Male / Black / Light – watch final

The only rookie black belt to win gold at the 2020 Euros, Jonnatas Gracie had to face off with the extremely tough veteran Vitor Oliveira of GF Team in the final of the loaded lightweight division. The match was close and the Atos black belt edged it via decision, but he had looked solid right up until that point, even taking a submission win over former Euro champ Luan Carvalho in the earlier rounds. 

Adult / Male / Black / Middle – watch final

Tommy Langaker’s submission win in the final against Pedro Ramalho practically blew the roof off the venue. Even though Ramalho is the local hero, there were enough fellow Scandinavians in the crowd to make a noise when one of their own took black belt gold for the first time. It was Tommy’s second big win of the weekend following his triangle submission of Ronaldo Junior in the semifinal. 

Adult / Male / Black / Medium-Heavy – watch final

Manuel Ribamar felt terrible going into the 2020 Euros and was battling a fever and a rattling cough, but you’d never have known it to watch him compete. Testing himself in the absolute division first he had a tough match with Fellipe Trovo, and the match served as a warmup for the weight division where Ribamar shone. He crushed Espen Mathiesen in the opening round, beat Rafael Paganini and Jakub Zajkowski by points, and then went on to submit Bruno Lima in the final. All in all, Ribamar went un-scored on all weekend and racked up a total of 38 points. What a performance. 

Adult / Male / Black / Heavy – watch final

The last time Keenan Cornelius and Adam Wardzinski faced off at Euros, it was a lot less competitive. Keenan scored a quick submission win over Wardzinski back in 2018, but the Checkmat black belt has evolved a lot since then and looked like a completely different grappler in this heavyweight final. Wardzinski took the worm lord to the limit, avoiding falling deep into the lapel wormhole and going sweep for sweep with the American. 

Adult / Male / Black / Super-Heavy – watch final

In terms of shock value, Patrick Gaudio's kneebar of Fellipe Andrew was second only to Andrew himself submitting Keenan Cornelius in the absolute. Gaudio's underrated technique saw him spin under and take a match-ending kneebar. It was fast, it was clean, and it gave him his first-ever gold medal at Euros at any belt level. 

Adult / Male / Black / Ultra-Heavy – watch final

Few people were able to overcome the sheer challenge that Seif-Eddine Houmine presents, given that he stands around 6-foot-5 and weighs north of 350 pounds. Igor Schneider of NS Brotherhood, aka "Tigrao," showed zero hesitation in repeatedly pulling guard against the big man, finally managing to sweep and come on top for the reversal. It was a near kamikaze effort, but it paid off– Schneider was able to ride out the match from top and earn his first Euros gold medal. 

Adult / Male / Black / Open Class – watch final 

Fellipe Andrew made history by becoming the first person to tap out Keenan Cornelius in the gi. Let that sink in for a second– Keenan had never been submitted in the gi, ever. Not once in nearly seven years as a competitive black belt. But there is a first time for everything, and Fellipe Andrew was the man to claim that honor. It was a pretty simple triangle armbar from double sleeve control that did it. Andrew has an infamously dangerous triangle, and he shot it up like a cobra strike. Keenan was caught out of position for a split-second and paid the price. Andrew's win sealed his position as one of the top-ranked super-heavyweights in the sport. 


Adult / Female / Black / Rooster – watch final

Mayssa Bastos and Serena Gabrielli have fought something like six times now, and the result always goes the same way. That didn't change at the roosterweight final at Euros, with Bastos winning the title for the second year via points. 

Adult / Female / Black / Light-Featherwatch final

Ana Rodrigues and Talita Alencar are Alliance teammates, but that didn't stop them from competing. Rookie black belt Rodrigues was able to win via one advantage to claim her first major IBJJF title. 

Adult / Female / Black / Featherwatch final

Amal Amjahid won her second straight European gold medal with a close points win over the dangerous Larissa Campos. Amjahid is from Belgium, and the raucous crowd cheered and whistled as she was declared winner. The best news from the weekend is that her father finally received his US visa and she will be able to compete once again at the IBJJF Worlds after a two-year absence. 

Adult / Female / Black / Lightwatch final

The first of Ffion Davies's gold medals at the 2020 Euros came thanks to a submission win against Charlotte von Baumgarten of Germany in the lightweight final. Ffion had moved up a division from 2019, avoiding a depleting weight cut and looking strong as a result (also see her absolute gold medal for evidence).  

Adult / Female / Black / Middlewatch final

Thamara Ferreira's nickname is the "Queen of the Armlock," but she switched tactics and went for the legs against Danielle Alvarez, using a kneebar to submit the American and win her first European title as a black belt. Ferreira is a string contender for World champ this year– keep an eye out for her. 

Adult / Female / Black / Medium-Heavywatch final

Sábatha Laís submitted Maggie Grindatti with a triangle in the medium-heavy final, welcoming the rookie American to the black belt ranks. 

Adult / Female / Black / Heavywatch final

An all-European affair in the heavyweight final saw new black belt Laura Barker of the UK beat Magdalena Loska in a close contest that ended 2-0. This was the Gracie Barra's first European Championships as a black belt. 

Adult / Female / Black / Open Classwatch final

Ffion Davies became the lightest woman in history to win the absolute division at the European Championships, beating Jessica Flowers in the final. It was her speed that allowed her to overcome the Gracie Barra black belt's size advantage. Davies latched onto the back and outscored her opponent to take home the double gold. 

Crelinsten Returns To Win Jitzking 16-Man Tournament

Ethan Crelinsten dominates the 16-man tournament to become the 145-pound JitzKing, runner-up Andrew Tackett proves he’s worth the hype, and John Combs and Enrico Cocco take home submission victories in their superfights.

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Ethan Crelinsten dominates the 16-man tournament to become the 145-pound JitzKing, runner-up Andrew Tackett proves he’s worth the hype, and John Combs and Enrico Cocco take home submission victories in their superfights.


JitzKing hosted their second event last weekend. The Florida-based professional jiu-jitsu promotion stacked the event with superfights and a 16-man invitational for 145lb-ers comprised of some of the best grapplers, blue through black belt. 

Leading up to the tournament the Danaher Death Squad representative, Ethan Crelinsten stood out as a favorite, while juvenile blue belt Andrew Tackett caught our eye as a potential dark horse. Both made it to the finals, with some impressive wins on the way. 

Watch the full event replay of Jitzking

After qualifying for ADCC at the East Coast trials an injury kept Ethan Crelinsten away from competition for about six months. This was his first appearance back since the leave of absence, and despite feeling “rusty,” he dominated the bracket with two submissions and two points victories. 

Crelinsten started the night by securing the fastest submission of the tournament with a heel hook over Guilherme Lima. After scoring another submission over Florida-based brown belt, Spencer Mumme, Crelinsten was given the biggest challenge by Jose Cadavid in the semis. Cadavid’s relentless passing and a near back take had Crelinsten in the most vulnerable positions of the entire tournament. But Crelinsten’s gumby guard and incredible escapes kept him in the game. When the match reached sudden death overtime the Canadian brown belt was able to lock in a takedown, sending him to the finals where he would face juvenile blue belt, Andrew Tackett, younger brother to standout William. 


Despite being the youngest and technically “lowest-ranked” competitor, Tackett had a flawless run to finals. He submitted all of his opponents in regulation, including first-degree black belt Rodrigo Francioni of Fight Sports. With an unorthodox game, he was able to crawl around his opponents, securing sneaky back takes and going for the kill. He had an answer for everything thrown at him. Even in the finals against Crelinsten his composure, athleticism, and skill were tit for tat with the eventual champion. 

Interview: Ethan Crelinsten Wins Jitzking After six Months Out Injured

Crelinsten's experience paid off and he was able to wrestle his way up from guard to score two points on the Texas-based phenom in the last minute to become the champ. 

He also had the benefit of the amazing training camp in Miami put together by ADCC promoter Mo Jassim, which brought together talents as diverse as JT Torres, the Ruotolo brothers, Mike Perez, Craig Jones, and Kaynan Duarte, not to mention of course Crelinsten's teammate Gordon Ryan. 


Combs vs Steele, Cocco vs Martinez


In the co-main event John Combs took on Kody Steele. Both guys are coming into 2020 hungry. As anticipated it was a scrappy match, but Combs came in on another level. Combs successfully forced his game on Steele, eventually landing a takedown, back take, and finishing it with a rear-naked choke.


The main event between Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez and Enrico Cocco showcased a completely different style of grappling. During regulation Boogeyman was able to successfully utilize his unconventional guard to keep Cocco at bay. Once overtime hit Cocco was quick to change strategies. Instead of trying to figure out how to get around the labyrinth of Boogey’s guard, he went straight into it, opening up a leg battle and coming out on top with a heel hook submission victory.

Watch the full event replay of Jitzking 


John Combs Happy With Solid Performance And Submission vs Kody Steele

Enrico Cocco on Defeating Richie Martinez at Jitzking

Euro Stars: Medal Breakdown by Country At 2020 IBJJF Euros

The IBJJF European Championships is one of the most diverse and well-represented tournaments of the year.

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The IBJJF European Championships is one of the most diverse and well-represented tournaments of the year.

There is a traditional Brazilian dominance that exists so clearly in most other major events. That's been less and less the case at Euros in recent years, with a number of international champions crowned and even more non-Brazilians making it to the podium. 

Due to a number of factors, fewer of the big Brazilian names tend to sign up for Euros. One of the reasons is the proximity of the competition to the end-of-year holiday period, a traditional time where many Brazilians will return to their home country for an extended vacation of up to a month in duration. 

This isn't to try and say that the tournament is any less competitive – there are always plenty of tough athletes in the divisions who are ready to disrupt the status quo – but Euros has historically allowed non-Brazilian athletes a chance to shine. 

At the 2020 Euros, non-Brazilian athletes were able to claim nine of 19 possible black belt gold medal (male and female combined). This was a huge improvement compared to 2019, when Brazilians took 15 of the 19 golds. 

Compare that to 2019 Pans and Worlds, where non-Brazilians were nearly shut out; they claimed only two of the available 19 golds at each tournament. 

With a vastly different roster of athletes and a truly international flavor, Euros offers something different. What it lacks in depth of talent it makes up for in diversity and the ability to showcase emerging talents. 

2020 Euros gave a look at a wide array of international athletes who went on to win gold. Here is a breakdown of the gold and silver medals by country at the 2020 European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship. 

GOLD 

BRAZIL10
USA3
UNITED KINGDOM3
JAPAN1
NORWAY1
BELGIUM1


SILVER 

BRAZIL8
USA4
PORTUGAL2
POLAND2
FRANCE1
ITALY1
GERMANY1


Adult / Male / Black / Rooster – watch final

Tomoyuki Hashimoto JPN def Thalison Soares BRA

Adult / Male / Black / Light-Feather – watch final

Michael Musumeci Jr. USA def Jonas Andrade BRA

Adult / Male / Black / Feather – watch final

Isaac Doederlein USA def Leonardo Saggioro BRA

Adult / Male / Black / Light – watch final

Jonnatas Gracie BRA def Vitor Oliveira BRA 

Adult / Male / Black / Middle – watch final

Tommy Langaker NOR def Pedro Ramalho POR

Adult / Male / Black / Medium-Heavy – watch final

Manuel Ribamar BRA def Bruno Lima POR

Adult / Male / Black / Heavy – watch final

Keenan Cornelius USA def Adam Wardzinski POL

Adult / Male / Black / Super-Heavy – watch final

Patrick Gaudio BRA def Fellipe Andrew BRA 

Adult / Male / Black / Ultra-Heavy – watch final

Igor Schneider BRA def Seif-Eddine Houmine USA 


Adult / Female / Black / Rooster – watch final

Mayssa Bastos BRA def Serena Gabrielli ITA 

Adult / Female / Black / Light-Featherwatch final

Ana Rodrigues BRA def Talita Alencar BRA 

Adult / Female / Black / Featherwatch final

Amal Amjahid BEL def Larissa Campos BRA

Adult / Female / Black / Lightwatch final

Ffion Davies GBR def Charlotte von Baumgarten GER

Adult / Female / Black / Middlewatch final

Thamara Ferreira BRA def Danielle Alvarez USA

Adult / Female / Black / Medium-Heavywatch final

Sábatha Laís BRA vs Maggie Grindatti USA

Adult / Female / Black / Heavywatch final

Laura Barker GBR def Magdalena Loska GER

Adult / Female / Black / Super-Heavycloseout

Jessica Flowers BRA closeout Kendall Reusing USA

Adult / Female / Black / Open Classwatch final

Ffion Davies GBR def Jessica Flowers BRA

Road To Gold: Manuel Ribamar, 2020 IBJJF Euro Black Belt Medium Heavy Champ

Manuel Ribamar picked up his first IBJJF major title less than a month ago at No-gi Worlds, causing fans and media alike to wonder if 2020 is going to be the year of “Riba"?

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Manuel Ribamar picked up his first IBJJF major title less than a month ago at No-gi Worlds, causing fans and media alike to wonder if 2020 is going to be the year of “Riba"?

Well, If the European Championships are any kind of accurate predictive tool, we very might have our answer, as things could have not gone better for the RPBJJ competitor. 

Manuel Ribamar racked up 38 unanswered points in his run to the medium-heavyweight title, picking up big wins over names like Espen Mathiesen, Rafael Paganini, and Bruno Lima in the process. Executing a flawless game from top and bottom, Ribamar made a statement that he is the man to be in the medium-heavyweight division going in the rest of the year. 

Watch Manuel Ribamars Road To Gold Below


WATCH: Ribamar Doesn't Give Up A Point For Euro Gold



Road To Gold: Fellipe Andrew, 2020 Euro Black Belt Absolute Champ

Fellipe Andrew has been featured on our various "dark horses and spoilers" articles since we can remember, but the Zenith black belt might have to move to the list of frontrunners after his epic performance in the absolute division at Europeans this weekend.

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Fellipe Andrew has been featured on our various "dark horses and spoilers" articles since we can remember, but the Zenith black belt might have to move to the list of frontrunners after his epic performance in the absolute division at Europeans this weekend.

The Zenith black belt opened his absolute campaign with a submission win over Santeri Lilus on Saturday and followed that up by steamrolling through names like Patrick Gaudio and Fellipe Trovo.

Andrew’s championship run came to a close with a stunning submission over Keenan Cornelius in the final – the first time the Legion American Jiu-Jitsu team leader has been submitted in the gi at black belt

Watch Fellipe Andrew's Road To Absolute Gold


Robert Drysdale Discusses  Fellipe Andrew's Potential 



Road To Gold: Tommy Langaker, 2020 Euro Middleweight Black Belt Champ

Tommy Langaker has been on the bubble of earning a major IBJJF title since earning his black belt 2017; the Norwegian earned second at Europeans in 2019 and second at Worlds in 2018, among other solid performances.

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Tommy Langaker has been on the bubble of earning a major IBJJF title since earning his black belt 2017; the Norwegian earned second at Europeans in 2019 and second at Worlds in 2018, among other solid performances.

Persistence and years of hard work finally paid off at the 2020 European Championships, when the Viking beast stormed through the middleweight division.

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WATCH: Experience Carries Tommy To Gold



Euros: Finals Day Real-Time Results & Updates

It's the final day of competition at the European Championships, and what a week of action it's been! 

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It's the final day of competition at the European Championships, and what a week of action it's been! 

Included the numerous stories we saw unfold in Lisbon, we witnessed Mikey Musumeci take on monsters in the absolute division, Keenan wrap up Mahamed Aly in the absolute semi-final;  in the women's ranks Ffion Davies has been on fire all weekend and the colored belts have provided high-level entertainment for several days on end. 

Sunday marks the conclusion of the 2020 championships. Follow the tournament along in real-time below. 

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Women's Final Results

  • Roosterweight: Mayssa Bastos def. Serna Gabrelli [2-0] (Watch Match)
  • Light-Feather: Anna Rodrigues def. Talita Alencar 0-0 [1-0 advs) (Watch Match)
  • Featherweight: Amal Amajahid def. Larissa Campos  2-2 [3-1 advs] (Watch Match)
  • Lightweight: Ffion Davies def. Charlotte Von Baumgarten  via bow & arrow choke (Watch Match)
  • Middleweight: Thamara Silva def. Danielle Alverez via kneebar (Watch Match
  • Medium-Heavy: Sabatha Lais def. Maggie Grindatti via triangle (Watch Match)
  • Heavy: Laura Barker def. Magdelana Loska [2-0] (Watch Match)
  • Super-Heavy:  Jessica Flowers def. Kendall REusing via closeout (No Match)
  • Absolute: Ffion Davies def. Jessica Flowers [4-0] (Watch Match)

Men's Final Results

  • Rooster: Tomoyuki Hashimoto def. Thalison Soares via DQ (Watch Match)
  • Light-Feather: Mikey Musumeci def. Jonas Andrade via decision (Watch Match)
  • Feather Issac Doederlein def. Leonardo Saggioro 2-2 [1 adv] (Watch Match)
  • Lightweight: Jonnatas Gracie def. Vitor Oliveira via decision [2-2] (Watch Match)
  • Middleweight: Tommy Langaker def. Pedro Ramalho via bow and Arrow Choke (Watch Match)
  • Medium-Heavy: Manuel Ribamar def. Bruno Lima via submission (Watch Match)
  • Heavyweight: Keenan Cornelius def. Adam Wardzinski 4-4 [2advs] (Watch Match)
  • Super-Heavy: Patrick Gaudio def. Fellipe Andrew via Kneebar (Watch Match)
  • Ultra-Heavy: Igor Schnider def.Seif Houmine [5-0] (Watch Match)
  • Absolute:  Fellipe Andrew def. Keenan Cornelious via Triangle Armbar


Roosterweight

  • Tomoyuki Hashimoto def. Nobuhiro Sawada via points [adv - 0]  - (Watch Match)
  • Thalison Soares def. Bruno Malfacine 4-4 [2adv-1] (Watch Match)
  • Semi-Final: Thalison Soares def. Koji Shibamoto 8-6 (Watch Match)
  • Semi-Final:  Tomoyuki Hashimoto def. Celber Sousa 8-6 (watch Match)

Fina; Thalison Soares vs Tomoyuki Hashimoto

Light-Feather

  • Diego Pato def. Pedro Dias via triangle - (Watch Match)
  • Alexssandro Sodre def. Israel Sousa via decision [8-8] (Watch Match)
  • Carlos Bebeto def. Rene Lopez 16-2  (Watch Match)
  • Mikey Musumeci def. Suraj Budhram via submission (Watch Match
  • Semi-final: Jonas Andrade def. Carlos Bebeto (Watch Match)
  • Semi-Final: Mikey Musumeci def. Diego Pato via ankle lock (Watch Match

Final: Mikey Musumeci vs Jonas Andrade

Featherweight

  • Isaac Doederlein def. Guilherme Borges via footlock (Watch Match)
  • Leo Saggioro def. Gabriel Marangoni 2-0 (Watch Match)
  • Gabriel Sousa def. Deandre Villarama [4-4 1adv] (Watch Match)
  • Semi-Final: Isaac Doederlein def.  Alexxsandro Sodre via decision [3-3 advs]  (Watch Match)
  • Semi-Final: Leo Saggioro def Gabriel Sousa via decision (Watch Match)

Final: Issac Doederlein vs Leo Saggioro

Lightweight

  • Vitor Oliveira def. Guthierry Barbosa via Submission (Watch Match)
  •  Pedro Henrique def. Jeremy Jackson Via Decision (Watch Match)
  •  Luan Carvalho def. Italo Moura via decision [2-2 advs] (Watch Match)
  • Jonnatas Gracie def. Leon Loic  via paper cutter choke (Watch Match
  • Semi-Final: Vitor Oliveira def. Pedro Henrique 2-2 (3 advs) (Watch Match)
  • Semi-Final: Jonnatas Gracie vs Luan Carvalho via Submission (Watch Match)

Final: Jonnatas Gracie vs Vitor Oliveira

Middleweight

  • Tommy Langaker def. Mathias Luna 6-6 [1 penalty point for Luna] (Watch Match)
  • Pedro Ramalho def. Igor Oliveira via submission (Watch Match)
  • Alexandre Joaquim def. Max Lindblad via decision (Watch Match)
  • Ronaldo Junior def. Lucas Valle 4-2 (Watch Match)
  • Semi-Final: Tommy Langer Def. Ronaldo Junior triangle (Watch Match)
  • Semi-Final: Pedro Ramalho def. Alexandre Joaquim

Final: Tommy Langaker vs Pedro Ramalho

Medium-Heavy

  • Bruno Lima def. Gabriel Almeida 10-6 (Watch Match)
  • Santeri Lilus def. Angel Cicero 6-0 (Watch Match)
  • Jakub Zakjowski def. Felipe Pimental (Watch)
  • Manuel Ribamar def Rafael Paganini [12-0] (Watch Match)
  • Semi-final: Manuel Ribamar def. Jakub Zakjowski [2-0] (Watch Match)
  • Semi-Final: Bruno Lima def. Santeri Lilus 0-0 [1 adv] (Watch Match)

Final: Manuel Ribarmar vs Pedro Lima

Heavyweight

  • Jackson Sousa def. Fabiano Alano [4-0] (Watch Match)
  • Dimitious Souza def. Hygor Brito 2-2 [1adv] (Watch Match)
  • Keenan Cornelius def. Felipe Mauricio [6-2] (Watch Match)
  • Adam Wardzinski def Gabriel Arantes via sub (Watch Match)
  • Semi-Final: Keenan Cornelius def. Jackson Sousa [4-2] (Watch Match)
  • Semi-final: Adam Wardzinski def. Dimitrius Souza sub (Watch Match)

Final: Keenan Cornelius vs Adam Wardzinski

Super-Heavy

  • Patrick Gaudio def. Fellipe Trovo Watch (Match)
  • Semi-Final: Fellipe Andrew def.  Gerard Labinksi [7-0] (Watch Match)
  • Guadio advances Directly to final - opponents pulled out of semi

Final: Patrick Gaudio v Fellipe Andrew

Ultra-Heavy


Euros Sunday Watch Guide!

The action is wrapped up for Saturday at the 2020 IBJJF European Championships, the women are in the finals and the men will start in the quarterfinals on Sunday morning.

2020 IBJJF Euros Brown Belt Absolute Division Results & Match Videos

Here are the results (with links to watch the match videos) for the brown belt absolute division from the 2020 European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship. 

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Here are the results (with links to watch the match videos) for the brown belt absolute division from the 2020 European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship. 

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Here are the brackets as from the IBJJF website: 


Opening round

Tacio Alves vs Erich Munis | Munis wins 6-0 | watch match 

Gabriel Costa vs Gerald Pietrosemoli | Gabriel wins via decision | watch match 

Euclides Ferreira vs Lucas Protasio | Protasio wins 2-0 | watch match

Eric Bergman vs Yaroslav Blazhko | Bergman wins via choke from the back | watch match

Luiz Paulo vs Daniel Amorim | Luiz wins 2-0 | watch match

Adam Bradley vs Pedro Machado | Pedro wins via decision | watch match 

Quarterfinals

Pedro Machado vs Tarik Hopstock | Tarik wins via footlock | watch match 

Leonardo Lemos vs Leonardo Lemos | TBD | watch match  

Erich Munis vs Gabriel Costa | Munis wins 3-0 | watch match

Lucas Protasio vs Eric Bergman | Bergman wins via armbar | watch match 

Semifinals

Luiz Paulo vs Tarik Hopstock | Tarik wins via tarikoplata | watch match 

Erich Munis vs Eric Bergman | Munis wins via triangle | watch match

Final 

Tarik Hopstock vs Erich Munis | Munis wins 3-0 | watch match 

2020 Euros Women's Black Belt Absolute Division Results & Match Videos

Here are the results (with links to watch the match videos) for the women's black belt absolute division matches from the 2020 European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship. 

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Here are the results (with links to watch the match videos) for the women's black belt absolute division matches from the 2020 European Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship. 

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Here are the brackets as from the IBJJF website: 


Round 1

Katherine Hall vs Margaret Grindatti | Maggie wins 3-0 | watch video

Round 2

Jessica Flowers vs Magdalena Loska | Jessica wins via armbar | watch video

Amal Amjahid vs Nicole Sullivan | Amal wins via armbar | watch video

Sabatha Lais vs Vedha Toscano | Vedha wins 2-0 | watch video

Venla Luukkonen vs Claire France-Thevenon | Venla wins 7-2 | watch video

Margaret Grindatti vs Bianca Basilio | Bianca wins via footlock | watch video

Larissa Campos vs Clara Dufau | Larissa wins via armbar | watch video

Ffion Davies vs Patricia Ramos | Ffion wins via armbar | watch video

Charlotte von Baumgarten vs Kendall Reusing | Charlotte wins via armbar | watch video

Quarterfinals 

Jessica Flowers vs Amal Amjahid | Jessica wins 6-0 | watch video

Vedha Toscano vs Venla Luukkonen | Vedha wins via toehold | watch video

Bianca Basilio vs Larissa Campos | Larissa wins via DQ | watch video

Ffion Davies vs Charlotte von Baumgarten | Ffion wins via choke | watch video

Semifinals

Jessica Flowers vs Vedha Toscano | Jessica wins 2-0 | watch video

Larissa Campos vs Ffion Davies | Ffion wins 2-2, 1-0 adv | watch video 


The final between Jessica Flowers and Ffion Davies will take place on mat 3 at 6:18 pm local time (1:18pm EST) un Sunday, January 26.