On The Rise: Jonnatas Gracie

jonnatas gracie.jpg

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Jonnatas Gracie is one of the fastest-rising competitors coming from the powerhouse camp that is Atos Jiu-Jitsu.

Already a world champion at purple (double gold, in fact) and brown belt, Gracie was promoted to black belt by Andre Galvao in June of 2019. Since then he's gone on to win the 2020 European Championships and had strong showings at the AJP Tour before the season got shut down due to COVID-19.

Double Trouble Ahead

But as the competition season turns back around, Gracie is wasting no time jumping back into the fray, and he will be competing in back-to-back nights (!!) this weekend at Fight To Win 144 AND Third Coast Grappling Kumite II.

That's right: two professional events in 24 hours. Incredible.


A Note On Style: Pure Power & Unlimited Back Takes

Gracie's game is perfectly well-rounded; he has an incredible lasso guard that can shut down even the most aggressive passing games, and his wrestle-up abilities from bottom are also as good as they get.  

But don't just take my word for it — let's take a trip back to 2019 Worlds when Gracie literally picked up and dropped ultra-heavyweight Victor Hugo on his head. 

That's power.

ezgif.com-video-to-gif6eb54ff1c1f2710c.gif

Gracie demonstrates his superhuman strength.

It's true that Jonnatas has varied submission game, but above all, he's a heat-seeking missile when it comes to taking the back – and once he established the position, it's basically game over from there. 

Jonnatas Gracie vs Luan Carvalho - 2020 European Championships

null

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


Fri Jun 19: Jonnatas Gracie vs Edwin Najmi Fight To Win 144

The question at hand in this matchup is whether Najmi can redirect the focused aggression of Gracie into a submission pattern, or if Gracie will outwork and overrun the Gracie Barra competitor.


The way this match will unfold is nearly impossible to predict, as both athletes are extremely capable in all scenarios on the mat. We do expect Najmi to employ his counter-fighting style, but the way it manifests really depends on Gracie's opening moves. 

Many fans give Gracie the edge based on his performance inside of the IBJJF arena, but Fight To Win rules are an entirely different ballgame – pushing the action and forcing competitors to hunt for the sub at all costs, making this matchup a guaranteed fan favorite and one that can't be missed. 


Sat Jun 20: 3CG Kumite II

Gracie has a challenging road ahead of himself at 3CG: Kumite II. 

His first match is with signing Gracie Barra competitor Pedro Marinho – an athlete coming off a huge performance at JitzKing last weekend that saw him take out Jason Rau, Roberto Jimenez, and Oliver Taza. Marinho is an incredible physical competitor but excels mostly inside of the no-gi arena, and it's possible that Jonnatas may have too many tools for him to overcome.


Should Gracie get by his first challenge, he'll meet one of two potential ultra-heavyweight kingpins, Riccardo Evangelista or Victor Hugo. 

Those are two GIGANTIC athletes and will be a real problem for Jonnatas, but if he manages to pull off the upset, he will have a shot at $10K in the final.

Grappling Bulletin: You Shouldn't Be Mad About The IBJJF Heel Hook Rules

ibjjf heel hooks.jpg

Hello grappling fans, welcome to 2021. We can’t forget 2020 but we can move on as quickly as possible. I’m sure you feel the same in hoping that 2021 will be an easier ride and things return to some semblance of normal. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Tackett, Marinho, Jonnatas Victorious at Fight to Win 160

tackett vs combs f2w 160.jpg

William Tackett beat John Combs in the main event of Fight to Win 160 tonight. In a no-gi match that went the distance, Tackett won via split decision.

Dates, Locations Announced For ADCC Trials In 2021

ADCC trials 2021.jpg

If you want to compete at the 2022 ADCC World Championships then you need to know the dates for the ADCC Trials scheduled for 2021. Invites are extremely limited and highly exclusive, meaning it is nearly essential to enter a qualifying event to guarantee your place at the biennial ADCC World Championships. 

The New IBJJF Rules For Heel Hooks And Leg Reaping in 2021

ibjjf heel hooks.jpg

The IBJJF has released its updated rules for 2021, which include rules legalizing the application of heel hooks and leg reaping techniques for some competitors.

FloSports Announces Partnership with Dollamur Sport Surfaces

FloSports_Dollamur Article Header.png

AUSTIN, TX  - January 12, 2021 - FloSports, the innovator in live sports streaming and original content, announced it has entered into a multi-year partnership with Dollamur Sport Surfaces to become the Official Mat of FloSports.

Can Tackett Avenge His Last Submission Loss vs John Combs?

Combs Tackett F2W 160.jpg

John Combs is one of very few black marks on William Tackett’s professional grappling record. Combs is the only person who has submitted Tackett in regulation since at least 2019.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

FloGrappling Awards: Results For Best Match, Submission, Grapplers Of 2020

Awards-Generic.jpg

2020 has come to a close, and the fans have voted for the best moments and athletes of the year. There are hundreds of competitors and thousands of grappling matches every year across an array of formats. Even to be nominated is a major achievement. 

Gordon & Nicky Ryan, Tye Ruotolo Set Who's Number One Records In 2020

gordon armbar kyle boehm WNO.jpg

In 2020, FloGrappling launched Who’s Number One, a series of superfights featuring the many of the best grapplers in the world. With the inaugural year of WNO now in the books, here are some of the athletes, trends, and noteworthy statistics from the mega event series in 2020.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

2020 FloGrappling Awards: Vote For The Best Athletes, Submission, Match

Awards-Generic.jpg

2020 has come to a close, which means it’s time to vote for the best moments and athletes of the year. The fifth annual FloGrappling Awards is open for voting from Jan. 1 through Jan. 8. There are hundreds of competitors and thousands of grappling matches every year across an array of formats. Even to be nominated is a major achievement. 

Vote NOW for the 2020 Male Grappler of the Year | FloGrappling Awards

Awards-Best Male Grappler.jpg

To state the obvious, 2020 was an unusual year for competitive jiu-jitsu. Still, several competitors found ways to set themselves apart, and to impress us in ways few other athletes can.