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  1. The Class Of 2021 | These Are The Newly-Promoted Black Belts

    The Class Of 2021 | These Are The Newly-Promoted Black Belts

    Dec 28, 2021

    The black belt class of 2021 is a who's who of top notch competitors, many of whom are likely to grace the top of black belt podiums in the coming months. Below are the athletes who earned the rank of black belt in December.
  2. Live Updates & Results | 2021 IBJJF Worlds Day 2

    Live Updates & Results | 2021 IBJJF Worlds Day 2

    Dec 10, 2021

    Day one of the IBJJF World Championships was filled with the action, submissions and incredible stories expected of an event of this caliber. Day two is sure to deliver as well, as the male purple and brown belts will take their place on the mats in search of the most coveted title in jiu-jitsu. With hundreds of competitors in search of just a few medals, we're guaranteed  thrilling action throughout the day.
  3. Worlds Brackets Released! See The 11 Most Interesting Early Round Matches

    Worlds Brackets Released! See The 11 Most Interesting Early Round Matches

    Dec 5, 2021

    The brackets for the 25th edition of the IBJJF World Championships are now official. Those brackets are available here via bjjcompsystem.com. The number of potentially exciting matchups is expansive, but there are a few matches guaranteed in the early rounds that you can’t miss. We’ve sifted through the black belt divisions to identify the best first round pairings — as well as likely second round matches — that are bound to provide some of the best jiu-jitsu action of the year.
  4. Purple Belt Joao Ribeiro The Only US Gold Medalist At 2021 ADWPJJC

    Purple Belt Joao Ribeiro The Only US Gold Medalist At 2021 ADWPJJC

    Nov 20, 2021

    Purple belt Joao Ribeiro was the only US representative to take first place in any adult division of this year’s 13th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championships. The 120 kg champion of GF Team, Ribeiro won five matches — including two submission victories — on his road to gold.
  5. World Pro Finals Recap: Galvao Submits Mathiesen, Becomes Youngest Champ

    World Pro Finals Recap: Galvao Submits Mathiesen, Becomes Youngest Champ

    Nov 19, 2021

    The 13th Edition of the Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championships came to a close this morning in Abu Dhabi. Eleven of the 12 titlists were Brazilians, including several newly-crowned champions.
  6. World Pro Recap: Galvao Taps Levi; 2 Reigning Champs Headed To 69 kg Final

    World Pro Recap: Galvao Taps Levi; 2 Reigning Champs Headed To 69 kg Final

    Nov 18, 2021

    After an intense round of country qualifiers yesterday at the 13th Edition of the Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championships, the main brackets kicked off today. Some of the best competitors from all around the globe took the stage for a shot at World Pro gold, and thousands of dollars in prizes.
  7. World Pro Recap: Mica Galvao Submits 2 Of 3 In First Black Belt Appearance

    World Pro Recap: Mica Galvao Submits 2 Of 3 In First Black Belt Appearance

    Nov 17, 2021

    The main brackets for the 13th Edition of the Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship are now finalized, as each of the country qualifiers have concluded. Many of the Brazilian athletes hoping to represent their country in the main brackets had to fight through deep divings among some of the most reputable opposition in the entire roster just to earn a spot in the World Pro tournament.
  8. Abu Dhabi World Pro Is Back! See Who's In & Who Still Needs To Qualify

    Abu Dhabi World Pro Is Back! See Who's In & Who Still Needs To Qualify

    Nov 11, 2021

    The 13th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Pro kicks off on Sunday, November 14 in the UAE. A truly international event with significant cash prizes at stake, the World Pro attracts decorated veterans and hopeful up and comers from across the globe. The title of World Pro Champion is one of the most coveted in all of jiu-jitsu; it’s accompanied by prestige, national pride, and thousands of dollars in prize money.
  9. Grappling Bulletin: Andy Murasaki's Black Belt Debut Was Just About Perfect

    Grappling Bulletin: Andy Murasaki's Black Belt Debut Was Just About Perfect

    Apr 5, 2021

    Don't forget to watch the Grappling Bulletin podcast, every Monday at 3:30pm ET. Watch it on FloGrappling.com or the app, or catch it on YouTube or Facebook. 
  10. Match Rewind: Mikey & Tommy On Meregali-Keenan, Levi-Renato, Espen-Edwin

    Match Rewind: Mikey & Tommy On Meregali-Keenan, Levi-Renato, Espen-Edwin

    Mar 29, 2020

    On Saturday, March 28th, we streamed our very first episode of Saturday Match Rewind on FloGrappling 24/7. 
  11. The Return Of Espen Mathiesen

    The Return Of Espen Mathiesen

    Jan 10, 2020

    Espen Mathiesen burst onto the black belt scene at the 2018 IBJJF World Championships, finishing third after losing a close match to Lucas Lepri in the semifinals. Him and his Norwegian compatriot Tommy Langaker both made the Worlds podium that day, but followers of the European jiu-jitsu scene have been seeing how excellent their jiu-jitsu is for quite some time. Espen also won the 2018 Abu Dhabi World Pro, winning by submission in the final.
  12. 2020 Official Gi Season Preview: Male Middleweight

    2020 Official Gi Season Preview: Male Middleweight

    Dec 26, 2019

    It's gi season time, we're less than a month away from things kicking off at Euros. I'm pretty deep into season previews for 2020, now it's time to get to one of my favorites, the middleweight division.
  13. WATCH: Seven Techniques From Espen Mathiesen & Tommy Langaker

    WATCH: Seven Techniques From Espen Mathiesen & Tommy Langaker

    Jun 23, 2018

    Tommy Langaker and Espen Mathiesen are two Norweigans who have exploded onto the competition scene in the last year. 
  14. Up-And-Comer: Gabriel Grønås (Kimura BJJ / Herjer)

    Up-And-Comer: Gabriel Grønås (Kimura BJJ / Herjer)

    May 18, 2018

    Gabriel Grønås is one of the best blue belts you've never heard of.  
  15. Road To Worlds: Kimura / WULFING Training Report

    Road To Worlds: Kimura / WULFING Training Report

    May 16, 2018

    What’s in the water in Norway?