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Tye & Mica On A Collision Course, Meregali In Absolute Final | Worlds 2022

Tye & Mica On A Collision Course, Meregali In Absolute Final | Worlds 2022

Tye Ruotolo & Mica Galvao were among the elite who earned a spot in the final day of the IBJJF World Championships. Catch up on every major storyline below.

Jun 5, 2022 by Corey Stockton
Tye & Mica On A Collision Course, Meregali In Absolute Final | Worlds 2022

The first day of black belt competition at the 2022 IBJJF World Championships is wrapped up, and the final rounds of each division are set. This year, the brackets were whittled down to the final four men and the final two women in each division, meaning we now know which athletes will take the podium. All that is left is to decide who takes which medal.

Let’s take a look at how each of the finalists earned a spot in day two.

Nicholas Meregali won his spot in the absolute final, submitting each of his two opponents on the way there. Meregali scored back to back loop chokes over GF Team representatives, then went on to armbar Fellipe Andrew in the semis. Meregali will face Dream Art teammate Erich Munis in the final. Munis defeated a who’s who of opponents on his route the the final: Vinicius Trator, Roosevelt Sousa and Gustavo Batista.


Meregali and Munis could very well meet in the super heavyweight final, too. They both pushed through to the semis where they are on opposite sides of the division against two Alliance stalwarts. Meregali, who earned two more submissions in two matches in the division, will rematch with Fellipe Andrew, while Munis will take on Marcus Scooby. Scooby and Munis closed out at Pans, but are likely to square off on Sunday, as prize money and rankings points are on the line.

Gabi Pessanha will enter her second World absolute final to try and defend her title after defeating Rafaela Guedes in the semis. Pessanha will encounter Amy Campo, the Zenith rookie who defeated Yara Soares and Ana Carolina Vieira for her shot at the absolute crown.

Vieira found redemption in the medium heavyweight division, submitting Campo in the opening round and going on to defeat Fernanda Cristo. In search of her fourth title, Vieira will take on Luciana Mota in the medium heavyweight final.

The lightweight division delivered some of the most surprising action of the first day of the tournament. Rookie black belt Tye Ruotolo upset the three-time Pan champion Johnata Alves, then defeated Levi Jones-Leary to earn his place in the semis. Ruotolo will face Lucas Valente first.

On the other side of the bracket, another rookie stole the show. Mica Galvao took out three opponents, including 2019 world champion Matheus Gabriel to earn a shot against Jonnatas Gracie in the semifinals.

Tainan Dalpra remained dominant in the middleweight division, knocking off two opponents to move ahead. His semifinal opponent will be Ronaldo Junior; this will be their fourth encounter in two year. On the other side of the bracket, 2021 Worlds bronze medalist Tommy Langaker will take on AtosAndy Murasaki.

The featherweight division was chaotic. Samuel Nagai stole the show, earning an 18-second submission in his first round, then submitting Gabriel Sousa before defeating last year’s champ, Fabricio Andrey on the scoreboard. Nagai will face Isaac Doederlein in the semifinals. On the other side, Diego Sodre will face Daniel Maira. That makes featherweight the only male division this year which will see two American athletes on the podium.

These are the male semifinals in each division:


Rodnei Barbosa vs Bebeto Oliveira

Cleber Sousa vs Thalison Soares

Light Featherweight

Meyram Maquine vs Hiago George

Diego “Pato” Oliveira vs Diogo Reis


Samuel Nagai vs Isaac Doederlein

Daniel Maira vs Diego Sodre


Tye Ruotolo vs Lucas Valente

Mica Galvao vs Jonnatas Gracie


Tainan Dalpra vs Ronaldo Junior

Tommy Langaker vs Andy Murasaki

Medium Heavyweight

Isaque Bahiense vs Gustavo Batista

Leandro Lo vs Bruno Lima


Kaynan Duarte vs Rider Zuchi

Dimitrius Sousa vs Pedro Machado

Super Heavyweight

Nicholas Meregali vs Fellipe Andrew

Erich Munis vs Marcus Scooby

Ultra Heavyweight

Gutemberg Pereira vs Guilherme Augusto

Wallace Costa vs Victor Hugo

Absolute Final

Nicholas Meregali vs Erich Munis

Bronze Medalists: Fellipe Andrew & Gustavo Batista

Here are the female finals in each division:


Mayssa Bastos vs Brenda Larissa

Bronze Medalists: Serena Gabrieli & Jhenifer Aquino

Light Featherweight

Anna Rodrigues vs Tammi Musumeci

Bronze Medalists: Rose El-Sharouni & Thamires Aquino


Bianca Basilio vs Amanda Canuto

Bronze Medalists: Gabriela Fechter & Gabriela Pereira


Janaina Lebre vs Ffion Davies

Bronze Medalists: Margot Ciccarelii & Gabi McComb


Andressa Cintra vs Thalyta Lima

Bronze Medalists: Chloe McNally & Thamara Ferreira

Medium Heavyweight

Ana Carolina Vieira vs Luciana Mota

Bronze Medalists: Fernanda Cristo & Ingridd Sousa


Rafaela Guedes vs Larissa Dias

Bronze Medalists: Melissa Cueto & Fernanda Mazzelli

Super Heavyweight

Gabi Pessanha vs Yara Soares

Bronze Medalists: Mayara Custodio & Claire-France Thevenon


Gabi Pessanha vs Amy Campo

Bronze Medalists: Rafaela Guedes & Ana Carolina Vieira

Grand Slam Contenders

Only two athletes remain in the running for the grand slam. Mayssa Bastos can achieve her fourth major title of 2022 with a win over Brenda Larissa, while Gabi Pessanha has the opportunity to double grand slam if she wins both of her final matches. Nathalie Ribeiro lost to Janaina Maia, ending her campaign for the achievement.

Teams Race

Alliance appears to be running away with the team race, sitting on 85 points, 40 more than the current runner-up Dream Art. Atos is sitting in third with 35 points, and Checkmat is close behind with 29.

Alliance could earn a total of 21 more points based on the team’s remaining athletes. Dream Art has 55 points still in play; while Atos could earn as many as 33 more points. Checkmat could earn as many as nine more points.

Dream Art has a healthy lead for the women’s team trophy with 50 points, ahead of Alliance with 33, GF Team with 32, and Atos with 25. Dream Art could capture as many as 27 more points, while any other team in contention can only gain 12 more points.

Returning Champions

Six divisions are guaranteed a first-time champ. The champions still in contention to see a repeat gold medal are:

  • Diego Pato
  • Tainan Dalpra
  • Gustavo Batista
  • Leandro Lo
  • Kaynan Duarte
  • Nicholas Meregali
  • Erich Munis
  • Victor Hugo
  • Mayssa Bastos
  • Anna Rodrigues
  • Andressa Cintra
  • Ana Carolina Vieira
  • Gabi Pessanha

**Isaque Bahiense is in contention for a second world title in a different division. He won the middleweight title in 2017, and is now competing at medium heavyweight.

Medalists by Nationality

Although we don’t know which athletes will earn which medals, we do know each of the medalists and what country they represent. Here’s the breakdown of medalists by nationality:

  • Brazil: 60
  • United States: 5
  • UK: 2
  • Norway: 1
  • Italy: 1
  • Nederlands: 1
  • France: 1
  • Portugal: 1


Six first-year black belts remain in contention for a world title. They are:

  • Mica Galvao
  • Tye Ruotolo
  • Amy Campo
  • Pedro Machado
  • Thalyta Lima
  • Luciana Mota