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The 2020 IBJJF Pan Championship saw seven new champions crowned in an event characterized by underdogs taking out favorites. Catch up on the winners below, with match videos and interviews.
Roosterweight: Jonas Andrade vs Lucas Pinheiro (WATCH HERE)
Strong pressure from Pinheiro in this match who played a steady and heavy top game to win gold.
1- Lucas Pinheiro
2- Jonas Andrade
3- Santos Bruckner Rivera
3- Willis Mota Nunes
Light Featherweight: Joshua Cisneros vs Pedro Dias Clementino (WATCH HERE)
Cisneros wins his first Pans as a black belt less than three months after earning the rank with a hard-fought victory against Pedro Dias, thank to a late penalty against Dias for going out of bounds. Cisneros beat Paulo Miyao in the quarterfinals, signaling his arrival among the elite.
Joshua Cisneros def Pedro Dias Clementino via points
1- Joshua Cisneros
2 - Pedro Dias Clementino
3- Taniel Santos de Jesus
4- Elijah Tagalog
Featherweight: Thiago Macedo vs Matheus Gabriel (WATCH HERE)
With Macedo up by two points, Gabriel attacked with a flurry of drags until he eventually pummeled beneath Macedo, but Macedo escaped without conceding a score. He tried for a tight Ezekiel choke as time ran out, but Macedo survived.
1- Thiago Macedo
2- Matheus Gabriel
3- Samuel Nagai
3- Richar Nogueira
Lightweight: Michael Liera Jr vs Johnatha Alves (WATCH HERE)
Neither man could get much going here in a technical guard battle, but Alves was up by two. The clock expired with Alves on top.
1- Johnatha Alves
2- Michael Liera
3- Jonnatas Gracie
3- Renato Canuto
Middleweight: Jackson Nagai vs Ronaldo Junior (WATCH HERE)
Ronaldo turned up the pace, using his rapid-fire pass sequences. Not finding an opening, he pulled guard once again. With a 6-2 lead, Ronaldo wrapped Nagai in his guard and settled his grips.
Ronaldo Junior def Jackson Nagai via points
1- Ronaldo Junior
2- Jackson Nagai
3- Lucas Valente
3- Guthierry Barbosa
Medium Heavyweight: Otavio Sousa vs Matheus Luna (WATCH HERE)
A beefed-up Otavio Sousa claimed his fourth Pan title, returning to the medium-heavyweight division where he had won twice before (2009 and 2010). He added to his most recent, a middleweight gold in 2017, with a steady but hard-fought win over Luna of Checkmat.
Otavio Sousa def Matheus Luna via points
1- Otavio Sousa
2- Matheus Luna
3- Gabriel Almeida
3- Manuel Ribamar
Heavyweight: Gustavo Batista vs Dominique Bell (WATCH HERE)
The two Atos teammates skipped the closeout and laid it on the line in the heavyweight final. Their familiarity was evident.
Gustavo Batista def Dominique Bell via points
1- Gustavo Batista
2- Dominique Bell
3- Yuri Paiva
3- Horlando Monteiro
Super Heavyweight: Guilherme Augusto vs Arnoldo Maidana (WATCH HERE)
Augusto swept and showed some fluid skills to pass the guard and won 5-0 in a solid display of jiu-jitsu.
1- Guilherme Augusto
2- Arnoldo Maidana
3- Fellipe Andrew
3- Devhonte Johnson
Ultra Heavyweight: Max Gimenis vs Luiz Panza (WATCH HERE)
Fighting up a weight division than usual, Panza showcased his flexibility and open guard game but the big man Max from GF Team was able to put on the pressure and control the match,
1- Max Gimenis
2- Luiz Panza
3- Stuart Maddox
3- Renato Santos Tagliari
Absolute: Fellipe Andrew vs Gustavo Batista (WATCH HERE)
The match took a slow start. Andrew graduated to a leg weave pass position, and as Batista defended it, Andrew slid to mount – he nearly passed but couldn't quite score the points.
1- Fellipe Andrew
2- Gustavo Batista
3- Max Gimenis
3- Murilo Santana
Light Featherweight: Mayssa Bastos vs Patricia Fontes (WATCH HERE)
Mayssa never relinquished pressure vs Fontes in this match, finishing with a choke while in mount.
1- Mayssa Bastos
2- Pati Fontes
3- Ana Kneib
Featherweight: Amanda Alequin vs Gabrielle McComb (WATCH HERE)
McComb was aggressive from her closed guard, alternating between collar choke and armbar attempts. She won in a match decided by just two advantages. Final score: 0-0, 2-0 adv.
1- Gabrielle McComb
2- Amanda Alequin
3- Leanne Perez
3- Taylor Biagi
Lightweight: Nathalie Ribeiro vs Luiza Monteiro (WATCH HERE)
Luiza Monteiro earned her sixth Pans title by beating Checkmat's Ribeiro 5-4.
1- Luiza Monteiro
2- Nathalie Ribeiro
3- Natasha Quiza
3- Nicole Sullivan
Middleweight: Rafaela Guedes vs Claire North (WATCH HERE)
With a lead-in advantages Guedes became Pan Champion in her first black belt tournament.
1- Rafaela Guedes
2- Claire North
3- Vanessa Griffin
3- Brenda Ariane Oliveira Palheta
Medium Heavyweight: Maria Malyjasiak vs Andressa Cintra (WATCH HERE)
Malyjasiak used her aggressive guard play to keep Cintra off balance, but did not create enough movement to substantiate an attack. Cintra kept her base beneath her, and continued to find angles to put pressure on the guard winning 0-0, 4-0 adv.
1- Andressa Cintra
2- Maria Malyjasiak
3- Emily Silva
3- Vedha Clemente Toscano
Female Super Heavyweight: No match, closeout
Gracie Barra teammates Kendall Reusing and Jessica Flowers share
1- Kendall Reusing
2- Jessica Flowers
3- Talita Nogueira
3- Michelle Welti
Female Absolute: No match, closeout
Luiza Monteiro gave the gold medal to her Atos teammate Rafael Guedes, the brand new black belt.
1- Rafaela Guedes
2- Luiza Monteiro
3- Gabrielle McComb
3- Maria Malyjasiak