In many ways, the 2020 edition of the IBJJF Masters World Championships will be like no other. It's in a new arena at a different time of year under different circumstances. But like previous installments, this year's Masters Worlds will feature icons of the sport, including World Champions, Hall of Famers and fan favorites.
Here's how and when to find some of them this weekend.
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*Note, these are approximate times which are subject to change. All times are in EST.
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Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu
Master 2 | Ultra Heavyweight | Friday, Dec. 18 | Mat 12 | approx 11:08 a.m.
It's been a while since Cyborg has competed in a gi. He's better recognized for his no-gi accolades, but Cyborg is a skilled competitor in any wardrobe. He won Masters Worlds in 2018, and will try to take gold again in this week's ultra heavyweight division. We may see him in the open weight class as well.
Master 1 | Super Heavyweight | Thursday, Dec. 17 | Mat 1 | approx 4:17 p.m.
Rafael Lovato Jr. has had a year loaded with competition after stepping away from his MMA career. He's taken on some of the toughest adult competitors this year, and has maintained a high rate of submission victory. The 37-year old will take on the Master 1 super heavyweight division, and will likely enter the open class as well.
Master 2 | Medium Heavyweight | Friday, Dec. 18 | Mat 2 | approx 9:58 a.m.
Josh Hinger is largely recognized as a no-gi competitor, but the 38-year old has taken second place in each of the last three Masters Worlds. He'll try to reach the top of the podium this time in his fourth effort at Master 2 medium heavyweight.
Master 1 | Featherweight | Thursday, Dec. 17 | Mat 1 | approx 2:48 p.m.
Queixinho hit the podium at American Nationals in the adult lightweight division earlier just a few weeks ago. He's a two-time Masters World champion, but that may be the least of his achievements; he's been on most major podiums since 2012.
Master 1 | Middleweight | Thursday, Dec. 17 | Mat 10 | approx 3:12 p.m.
Luanna Alzuguir is one of the most decorated female grapplers in history. A five-time world champion and an ADCC champ, Alzuiguir will take her first attempt at a Masters world title, in the Master 1 middleweight division, where she could run into Fabiana Borges in the semifinals.
Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa
Master 2 | Middleweight | Friday, Dec. 18 | Mat 12 | approx 10:19 a.m.
Formiga has been nearly unstoppable in the Masters divisions. He has won double-gold at Masters Worlds two years in a row. In 2018, he doubled up at Masters 1, and last year, his first at Masters 2, he earned two more. He'll look to keep that streak alive this weekend in the middleweight division.
Master 1 | Medium Heavyweight | Thursday, Dec. 17 | Mat 2 | approx 2:40 p.m.
Gregor Gracie has been on a roll in the masters division since the IBJJF returned. He earned double-gold at Pans, and followed that achievement up with additional first-place outings at the Houston Open and American Nationals.