2021 FloGrappling WNO Championship

Hollywood Mike's WNO Match Rankings: Strawweight

Hollywood Mike's WNO Match Rankings: Strawweight

Professor Hollywood Mike ranks the best matches in the wild strawweight division at the WNO Championship!

Oct 1, 2021 by Michael Sears
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The strawweight division quickly became the most exciting weight class in women's jiu-jitsu over the last year, and the matches at the WNO Championship only further cemented this division in that place. 

Mayssa Bastos ended up taking home the $30k and title belt in the end, but every girl in this bracket contributed to exciting matches and showed why fans are so into this division. This was the only weight with all 12 possible matches going down, and half of those matches ended in submission.

Official WNO P4P Rankings

I'm going to rank these matches from least to most exciting in my opinion, not an easy task in a division with so many fire matches. Not to mention the sub of the tournament in the Grace Gundrum vs Jessa Khan match. Feel free to give me feedback on my selections, I promise you I really care, and as always God Bless You All.

12 Mayssa Bastos vs Tammi Musumeci

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Wayyyy too much double pull. I personally can’t stand when an athlete is passing and just sits back for more double pull. Not the best match, I’m sure they will meet again. 1 star


11 Tammi Musumeci vs Tubby Alequin


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Basically a stalemate between two veterans, the decision could have gone either way. 2.5 stars


10 Mayssa Bastos vs Alex Nguyen


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Alex proved yet again that she is right there with the best in the world, but top ranked Mayssa was just too much for her in round one. Mayssa controlled from start to finish, but her back take in the second half was the most dominant position in the match. 2.5 stars


9 Tubby Alequin vs Tammi Musumeci


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Their second meeting of the tournament, this time for third place. Definitely more clear of a decision than the first match, Tammi spent a long time on Tubby’s back. Tubby fought until the end though, turning it on in the last few minutes once she escaped Tammi’s back control. 2.5 stars


8 Alex Nguyen vs Tubby Alequin


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The first of Tubby’s two submissions on the back side, she gets a knee bar inside the last thirty seconds to take home the submission bonus. 3 stars

7 Grace Gundrum vs Danielle Kelly


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Grace probably has the best passing in the women’s divisions and put on a pressure passing clinic here. She spent the entire match going forward and long periods in side control and mount against a top five ranked opponent. 3 stars

6 Tubby Alequin vs Jessa Khan


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Tubby was on a warpath on the backside, she finished Jessa with a toe hold in under a minute here. New fastest sub in a women's match at WNO. 3 stars


5 Jessa Khan vs Jessica Crane


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Both of these girls are always exciting, Khan gets the finish with an inside heel hook to advance to the semis. 3 stars


4 Mayssa Bastos vs Grace Gundrum


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Usually you’d think a 30 minute match would not be very exciting, but I was on the edge of my seat for this one. Mayssa almost took Grace’s back early, Grace controlled the middle portion of the match on top, and Mayssa just snapped out of nowhere near the end to seal the victory. 3 stars


3 Tammi Musumeci vs Danielle Kelly


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Brilliant technical display from Tammi here, first passing with a body lock and then finishing an arm bar against a very resistant Danielle Kelly. Another quick sub on the back side, under two minutes. 4 stars


2 Danielle Kelly vs Jessica Crane


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Great back and forth match in this rematch from an earlier WNO. Crane came out strong, passing Danielle’s guard early, but Danielle recovered and threw up some nice attacks, Crane passed again later on but Danielle recovered again and ended up finishing Jessica with a heel hook. 4 stars


1 Grace Gundrum vs Jessa Khan


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Best finish of the tournament easy. It doesn’t get any better than Grace Gundrum hitting a twister as the crowd goes insane. 5 stars



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