2021 Pan IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship

Andrew Wiltse Could Find Three Rematches In Try For Second No-Gi Pans Gold

Andrew Wiltse Could Find Three Rematches In Try For Second No-Gi Pans Gold

Andrew Wiltse is the favorite to win the 188 lb division. How will he fare against wildcards like Stanley Rosa, and established athletes like Jaime Canuto?

May 11, 2021 by Corey Stockton
Andrew Wiltse Could Find Three Rematches In Try For Second No-Gi Pans Gold

Andrew Wiltse had a relatively seamless ascent to his first black belt title, earning No-Gi Pans gold in 2020, winning his first two matches by points before winning a third via penalty. He didn’t give up a point in three matches, but the returning champ is unlikely to have such an easy route to the top in the medium heavyweight bracket in this go-around.

The 23-man medium heavyweight division might be the first real test for Pedigo Submission Fighting’s star talent. Two of the contenders who could give him the most trouble in this bracket are 2019 No-Gi Pan champion Jeferson Guaresi and two-time no-gi worlds silver medalist Jaime Canuto

Wiltse, or any other medium heavyweight looking to achieve a No-Gi Pans gold, will have to watch his neck at every turn. There are three renowned guillotine artists in this division: John Combs, David Garmo and Pedro Rocha. And although Wiltse has victories over all three of them in 2020, all it takes is one mistake for any of these three to subvert Wiltse’s gold medal aspirations.

Regardless of how the fare against Wiltse, Combs, Rocha and Garmo should be considered some of the top contenders in this division, alongside Canuto and Guaresi. It’s likely that three of these five athletes will join Wiltse atop the podium.

But one newcomer to the IBJJF scene could ruin things for one or more of these competitors.

Stanley Rosa made history earlier this year as the first competitor to win an IBJJF match via heel hook. Since then, he’s continued to cash in on his leg lock pedigree, taking gold in Dallas and again in Houston. His heel hook abilities could easily take out any of the competitors who have not caught up to the leg lock game, but he may struggle against some of the more well-rounded athletes in the division.

Still, Rosa is a clear darkhorse in this division.

BB Monster, Valdir Araujo, could also act as a disruptor in this division. The long-time veteran is as tough as they come, and could exhaust some of the favorites in the early rounds. He won’t have great chances at a podium with the degree of young talent in this stacked bracket, but he could cause problems for whomever he encounters early in the day.

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AllianceAndre Nascimento dos Santos Gois
AllianceVinicius Lino Wong
American Top Team Junior FernandesCharles Kilyan Mcguire
Brazilian Top TeamAvery-Warren Arthur Brooks
Bronx Martial Arts AcademyStanley E. Rosa Valerio
Detroit Jiu-Jitsu AcademyDavid Salem Garmo
Double Five Highland VillagePedro Henrique de Oliveira e Silva Rocha
Double Five Highland VillageRodrigo Lopes Martins
Easton BJJJohn Taylor Combs
Fight SportsValdir Araujo de Lima Júnior
GF TeamJaime Soares Canuto
Gracie BarraJoão Felipe Pacheco Cizeski
Gracie BarraThiago Aso da Graça
Gracie Barra BJJJoseph C. Watson
LEAD BJJRennick Keolani Kama Jr.
Luiz Palhares Jiu-JitsuPedro Henrique Monteiro Palhares
Octagon MMARobert Arthur Ezzell
Pedigo Submission FightingAndrew Wiltse
Siri Brazilian Jiu-JitsuAlex Xander Larmey
Soul Fighters BJJSaar Shemesh
TX 3rd Coast MMAJason Roland Soliz
Unity Jiu-jitsuJeferson Guaresi
University of Ground FightingSteven J. Patterson