2021 Pan IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship

Paulo Miyao & Junny Ocasio Are The Light Feather Frontrunners At No-Gi Pans

Paulo Miyao & Junny Ocasio Are The Light Feather Frontrunners At No-Gi Pans

Paulo Miyao and Junny Ocasio are the top dogs in the No-Gi Pans light featherweight division. But several wildcards could make this bracket unpredictable.

May 13, 2021 by Corey Stockton
Paulo Miyao & Junny Ocasio Are The Light Feather Frontrunners At No-Gi Pans

The light featherweight division at the 2021 No-Gi Pan Championships will feature some of the best 135 pound-ers, and several more looking to break into the top-10. Paulo Miyao will be the likely favorite here. He hasn’t won a no-gi title since winning Pan No-Gi in 2015, and he had a rough go in 2020, losing each of his only two matches. Still, he’s one of the hardest to beat on the IBJJF platform.

The division is something of a toss-up between the next three in the bracket, and the outcome could depend on seeding. Edwin "Junny" Ocasio may have his best chance to win his first major IBJJF title this weekend, even if he has to take it from his former Unity teammate, Miyao. Ocasio is 9-2 since 2020, and is undefeated in his nine matches against athletes in his true weight class. He has a solid leg lock game, and will be able to capitalize on that with the IBJJF’s new leg lock rules.

While Miyao and Ocasio are the likely favorites here, there are a few wildcards in this division who could create problems for these two trying to climb through the 13-man bracket.

Richard Alarcon could do some damage in this division. He has a wrestling-oriented game which can exhaust his opponents and drag them deep into the round. Although his last win was in the first round of ADCC 2019, that was a victory against Gianni Grippo, and he relied on his wrestling to secure it. He’s a sure disruptor in this division.

Carlos Alberto Oliveira, “Bebeto,” and Rey De Leon could create additional problems in this division. GF Team’s Bebeto has a crazy pace, and is likely to clear out the division of all but the top-ranked threats. 10th Planet’s de Leon is the darkhorse here. He’s got a scrappy, complete game, and could easily sneak onto the podium.

Adult / Male / Light-Feather


AllianceVagner Reis da Silveira
Carlson Gracie TeamHuthayfah Penney
GF TeamCarlos Alberto Oliveira da Silva
GF TeamEduardo Barboza da Silva
GF Team MassachusettsJohn Eugene Stapleton
Gracie BarraFilipe Matos Rodrigues Pereira
Gracie BarraJoão P R M S Figueredo
Jean Jacques Machado BJJReynaldo De Leon
One Jiu-Jitsu USARichard Alarcon
Pedro Sauer TeamMarcus Beddor
PSLPB Cicero Costha USAKalel Nascimento dos Santos
PSLPB Cicero Costha USAPaulo Henrique Bordignon Miyao
Unity Jiu-jitsuEdwin Ocasio