Early Look: IBJJF 2020 Pan Championships

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The IBJJF Pan Championships stand as one of the high points of the gi season – competitors have shaken off the cobwebs from the early months of the year and are typically in peak physical and mental condition. 

Read on to see a preliminary list of competitors and get up to speed on some of the biggest stories coming to the IBJJF 2020 Pan Championships. 

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History In The Making: Leandro Going For 10?


Though he has yet to officially throw names in the hat, we've got it on good authority that Leandro Lo will be returning to the Bren Center for another appearance at the Pan Championships. 

With eight titles to his name, Lo is already the winningest black belt at the Pan Championships. Despite a lackluster 2019 which saw him have a downturn in wins for the first time in his career, there's no reason to assume Leandro isn't a front-runner in the heavyweight division. 


Can Ribamar Continue Hot Streak?


Manuel Ribamar has looked untouchable since moving to medium-heavy for No-Gi Worlds at the end of 2019, where he picked up his very first IBJJF major title at black belt; he followed up that success at the European Championships where he ran up an uncontested 38-0 points. 

We asked before Euros if this would be the year of "the Riba," and if he locks in another title, it would be pretty hard to argue otherwise.


Victor Hugo: The Next Big Thing?


Another entrant whose name isn't currently present on the competitor's list, Victor Hugo has confirmed with us previously that he intends to earn double gold at the Pan Championships.

The Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu monster has already bested some of the biggest names in the sport in the short eight months he’s been a black belt, including Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu, Nicholas Meregali, and Ricardo Evangelista

Pans will likely be his toughest challenge yet, though we feel it’s time to stop looking at Hugo as the upstart and place him at the front of the contender's list.


Women's Lightweight Division Is Looking Stacked


With six competitors signed up a month out, including No-Gi World Champs Nathalie Ribeiro and Raquel Canuto, the women's black belt lightweight division is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting of the tournament. 

Set to take on the veteran champions are black belt newcomers Nikki Sullivan and Hope Douglass. 


Will We See Keenan?


It would be fair to say that 2020 has been a mixed bag for Keenan Cornelius. 

The European heavyweight champion took home silver in the absolute after getting submitted by Fellipe Andrew, an event which marked the first time Cornelius had been submitted in the gi as a black belt.

His next appearance saw him lose a tightly contested match to rookie black belt Roberto Jimenez at Who’s #1 in Costa Mesa, California, earlier this month.

Despite the unpredictable results, Keenan is always a lock for hitting the podium and he may well take the opportunity to bounce back at Pans and show he's still in contention for his first world title. 


Mikey Musumeci Intends To Tackle The Absolute


Michael Musuemci Jr. has made his intentions clear: he wants to challenge himself against the biggest and baddest black belts on the planet. The three-time world champion told us on Who's #1 (The Show) that his current idea is to compete only in the absolute division at the 2020 Pan Championships and skip his weight class. (see the clip below; skip to 38 minutes).

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Black Belt Entrants

List Current as of 2/17

BLACK / Adult / Male / Rooster

Ares BJJ BrasilCícero Lívio Ribeiro Saldanha Paiva
Fight SportsSuraj Kumar Budhram
GF TeamCarlos Alberto Oliveira da Silva
GF TeamEduardo Barboza da Silva
JFC Almeida JJCleber de Sousa Fernandes
Tri-Force Jiu-Jitsu AcademyKoji Shibamoto
Total: 6

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light-Feather

Atos Jiu-JitsuJoão Pedro Bueno Mendes
Caio Terra AssociationRene Eduardo Lopez
PSLPB Cicero CosthaHiago George Santos Silva
Tri-Force Jiu-Jitsu AcademyHideyuki Yamada
ZR Team CaliforniaJoão Gabriel Batista de Sousa
Total: 5

BLACK / Adult / Male / Feather

Alliance MarylandFelipe Linhares Arruda
Ares BJJ BrasilEsdras Félix Bezerra Júnior
Cicero Costha CanadaRodrigo Gortari Barbosa
Cicero Costha InternacionalAriel Shacher Tabak
Clube Feijão de Jiu-JitsuAlexssandro Pinto Sodré
de Been 100% Jiu-JitsuMax Peter de Been
ECJJASam Matthew Mc Nally
Tinguinha BJJ AcademyCole Thomas Franson
Unity Jiu-Jitsu BrasilThiago Aguiar Abud
Winners Training CenterBrian Mahecha
Total: 10

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light

Alliance Marcelo GarciaAthos Ribeiro de Miranda
Ares BJJ BrasilAlef José Soares Brito de Morais
Carlson Gracie Team AlbertaCelso Ricardo dos Reis Filho
CT MRYgor dos Santos Rodrigues
Nova UniãoMarcio Andre da Costa Barbosa Junior
PSLPB Cicero CosthaFabricio José Barbarotti
PSLPB Cicero CosthaNatan Chueng Freitas
PSLPB Cicero CosthaPedro Henrique Segura Veras
Rodrigo Freitas Brazilian Jiu-JitsuRodrigo Lamounier de Freitas
Total: 9

BLACK / Adult / Male / Middle

Alliance Los AngelesRehan Muttalib
Alliance Marcelo GarciaMarcos Vinícius da Silva Tinoco
Total: 2

BLACK / Adult / Male / Medium-Heavy

Alliance Campo GrandeMatheus Godoy Romero
CheckMat USAGabriel Salles Muniz Almeida
Maracaba BJJJake Michael Watson
Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJManuel Ribamar V. de Oliveira Filho
Team Royce GracieRonnie Trey Louis Pace III
Unity Jiu-jitsuDevhonte M. Johnson
Total: 6

BLACK / Adult / Male / Heavy

Academia OCS JJHugo Matheus de Oliveira Alves
Alliance Porto AlegreGabriel Henrique dos S. Oliveira
Checkmat NorthridgeArnaldo Maidana de Oliveira
Tac Team BJJ - MidwestAshur Sami Darmo
Team Lloyd IrvinTimothy-Michael Spriggs
Total: 5

BLACK / Adult / Male / Super-Heavy

Team Lloyd IrvinRoberto Torralbas
Total: 1

BLACK / Adult / Male / Ultra-Heavy

GF Team TexasRicardo Ferreira Evangelista
Total: 1

BLACK / Adult / Female / Rooster

GF TeamMayssa Caldas Pereira Bastos
Gracie Barra New MexicoAmber Rymarz-freitas
Total: 2

BLACK / Adult / Female / Light-Feather

CheckMatRose-Marie El Sharouni
Total: 1

BLACK / Adult / Female / Feather

Atos Jiu-JitsuBianca Barbosa Basilio
CheckMat USAPatrícia Maria N. Fontes dos Santos
Total: 2

BLACK / Adult / Female / Light

Atos Jiu-JitsuNicole C. Sullivan
Carlson Gracie UKKatherine Victoria Hill
CheckMat USANathalie Wan Soares Veras Ribeiro
CheckMat USARaquel Dayne Kaleialoha Canuto
Cicero Costha InternacionalHope Ellen Douglass
Vilanova Brazilian Jiu-JitsuElizabeth Jane Exell
Total: 6

BLACK / Adult / Female / Middle

Checkmat New YorkVedha Clemente Toscano
Gracie Barra Rio de JaneiroGlaucia Braga Libanio
Total: 2

BLACK / Adult / Female / Medium-Heavy

Abmar Barbosa AssociationMaria Malyjasiak
Fight SportsMargaret Rose Grindatti
Gracie HumaitaMelissa Stricker Cueto
One Jiu-Jitsu USACássia Paola Paixão
Total: 4

BLACK / Adult / Female / Heavy

Mako Team ParisClaire-France Thevenon
Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJNathiely Karoline Melo de Jesus
Total: 2

BLACK / Adult / Female / Super-Heavy

Cassio Werneck BJJElizabeth Katherine Mitrovic
Vilanova Brazilian Jiu-JitsuAlejandra Gonzalez
Total: 2

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