How The Six Blades Elite Black Belts Aim To Take Over Fight To Win

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Xande Ribeiro, Victor Hugo, and Rafael Lovato Jr... Three elite black belts, three main event superfights on three Fight to Win events. The Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu "6 Blades" squad is aiming for a takeover of Fight to Win in the month of June with back-to-back big matches. 

Victor Hugo started things off with a bang on Fight to Win 143 by submitting Fellipe Andrew in less than 90 seconds. The 23-year-old, who weighed 258lb the day of the match, shut out Fellipe Andrew, who wasn't able to score a single offensive move in the match. Hugo launched himself into the air chasing after a flying triangle, finishing the match shortly after via armbar. 

Coming up next on Friday, June 19, Rafael Lovato Jr. will take on Atos star Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa in the main event of Fight to Win 144. Fight to Win CEO Seth Daniels describes this match as the "biggest in Fight to Win history."

You've got the first-ever black belt to achieve the IBJJF "Grand Slam" versus the most recent. Lovato Jr. did it in 2007, while Barbosa did it in 2017. This is a true clash of generations – Lovato hasn't competed on the IBJJF circuit in years, and promises that he'll have the element of surprise against Barbosa, who he believes won't be familiar with his game. 

Rafael Lovato Jr. Eager To Test Himself Against Lucas 'Hulk' Barbosa 

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Fight to Win 144 | Jun 19

Featuring Rafael Lovato Jr. vs Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa, Talita Alencar vs Nathalie Ribeiro and Edwin Najmi vs Jonatas Gracie.


The following week on Fight to Win 145 on June 26, Xande returns to competition for the first time in nearly two years (!) to face Gabriel Almeida of Checkmat. Ribeiro hasn't competed since Worlds in 2018. In that time he was busy traveling, teaching, and recovering from a complicated wrist injury that required surgery. 

Almeida competed on Fight to Win just a few weeks ago, handing the young phenom Roberto Jimenez a loss. Almeida's one of the up-and-coming members of the Checkmat team, and not to be counted out although Xande says he's excited for an "aggressive, hungry" opponent in his comeback.

Xande Ribeiro Is Fired Up To Compete For The First Time In Two Years

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Fight to Win 145 | Jun 26

Featuring the return of an IBJJF Hall of Famer and ADCC legend Xande Ribeiro versus Gabriel Almeida of Checkmat.


Hugo recently decamped from San Diego to Oklahoma City for an extended training camp at Lovato Junior's brand-spanking-new jiu-jitsu gym. Xande Ribeiro has joined in the fun until he finalizes his upcoming move where he'll open his new gym (details coming soon), and together they roll daily

It's a tough task for all three of them to win against a stacked line-up of tough challengers. Hugo has managed to score the first win, now the pressure is on Lovato to keep the streak going. 

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5 Takeaways From Who's Number One: Garry, Cyborg, Vagner

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Now the dust has settled from last Friday night's Who's Number One event, let's recap some of the action and see what it means for future matches.  

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Results & Match Videos: Garry Tonon vs Dante Leon, Hulk vs Cyborg & More

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It's time for another edition of Who's Number One! Our main event this time is an ADCC rematch between Garry Tonon and Dante Leon, which is sure to be just as exciting this time around.

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Official FloGrappling Predictions: WNO Garry Tonon vs Dante Leon

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After a wild week, WNO: Tonon vs Leon is finally upon us.  The cad remains stacked from top to bottom, and the FloGrapling staff has given their picks for the top four matches of the night!

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The King Speaks: Gordon Ryan's WNO Picks

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Love him or hate him, when Gordon Ryan speaks, people listen. Naturally, I reached out to Gordon to find out his picks for the upcoming WNO: Garry Tonon vs Dante Leon event after he was forced to pull out of his match with Ronaldo Junior due to COVID-19. Here's what The King thinks about these upcoming matches:

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The Hit List: Seven Of Vagner Rocha's Most Savage Submissions

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What can we say about Vagner Rocha that hasn’t been said before? Everyone knows his jiu-jitsu is among the meanest in the game: he punishes his opponents, breaking their will before attempting to do the same to their limbs.

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Hulk vs Cyborg Is The Final Match Added To WNO!

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As you probably heard, Gordon Ryan and Craig Jones had to pull out of WNO this week after contracting COVID-19. Losing two of the sports biggest stars would usually be the kiss of death for an event, but we were able to bounce back and find two very solid replacements at the last minute.

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Craig Jones Picks WNO Winners: Tonon-Dante, Hulk-Cyborg, Ronaldo-Vagner

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Craig Jones unfortunately had to pull out of our upcoming WNO event with COVID-19, don't worry that match is just postponed and we will be running it back soon. 

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Vagner Rocha vs Ronaldo Is Coming To WNO!

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As I'm sure many of you are aware, both Craig Jones and Gordon Ryan had to withdraw from our upcoming WNO event after contracting COVID-19. Craig was scheduled to fight Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa and Gordon was slated to have a no time limit match with Ronaldo Junior. Those matches are not canceled but just postponed; we are currently looking at the end of August to run them back.

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Craig Jones & Gordon Ryan React To Missing WNO Due To COVID

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Two of the best no-gi grapplers in the world were forced off the Who's Number One event due to contracting COVID-19. Here's how they responded. 

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