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  1. An Early Look At The Standout Black Belts at 2020 IBJJF No-Gi Pans

    An Early Look At The Standout Black Belts at 2020 IBJJF No-Gi Pans

    Oct 21, 2020

    It did not take long for registration to close for No-Gi Pans. The IBJJF announced the Pan No-Gi Championships and it has reached capacity very quickly. Here are the key names to watch in each black belt division.

  2. Top 10 Matches From Pans Black Belt Final Rounds

    Top 10 Matches From Pans Black Belt Final Rounds

    Oct 13, 2020

    There were more than 60 black belt matches on the final day of the 2020 Pan Championships. While you may not be able to watch them all, there are a few matches that you absolutely must see. Some of these contests were 10-minute firefights. Others were one-sided fights that defied expectations. Here are the top 10 matches from the black belt finals.

  3. The Most Anticipated Quarterfinal Matches At 2020 Pans

    The Most Anticipated Quarterfinal Matches At 2020 Pans

    Oct 11, 2020

    Day one of the black belt tournament at 2020 Pans is in the books. But the show is just getting started. The quarters, semis and finals go down on Sunday. We've been hoping for some of these matches all year, and they're finally being delivered. While there are many potential matchups in the later rounds, we're guaranteed of few of these right off the bat. Here are the most exciting matchups we'll see in the quarterfinal round.

  4. 2020 IBJJF Pans Watch Guide: Must-See Early Round Matchups

    2020 IBJJF Pans Watch Guide: Must-See Early Round Matchups

    Oct 7, 2020

    The long-anticipated IBJJF Pan Championships will soon be underway. Hundreds of black belts are registered for these brackets, so there’s no telling who we’ll see in the finals. While there are many exciting potential matchups that may or may not line up, there are several guaranteed first-round pairings — and some likely second-round matches — that we can’t wait to see.

  5. Najmi Earns Title At Fight To Win 152, Almeida Beats Romulo, Alves Shines

    Najmi Earns Title At Fight To Win 152, Almeida Beats Romulo, Alves Shines

    Sep 19, 2020

    Fight To Win 152 featured several of the biggest names in the lightweight division, as well as a match between Romulo Barral and Gabriel Almeida, and the return of the Fight to Win Judo format. 

  6. Official FloGrappling Predictions: F2W 152 Najmi vs Liera Jr

    Official FloGrappling Predictions: F2W 152 Najmi vs Liera Jr

    Sep 17, 2020

    There’s a lot on the line at this weekend’s edition of the biggest party in grappling. 

  7. Lightweight Contenders Will Battle For Pans Momentum At Fight To Win 152

    Lightweight Contenders Will Battle For Pans Momentum At Fight To Win 152

    Sep 16, 2020

    There’s a lot on the line at this weekend’s edition of the biggest party in grappling. Fight to Win 152 will feature four of the major contenders for the lightweight podium at Pans next month. The co-main event will be a showdown between two of the top masters division competitors for a Fight to Win title. And Romulo Barral will return with plans to correct course after a disappointing Fight to Win debut last month.

  8. Lucas Hulk Barbosa Hands Jimenez First Submission Loss at Fight to Win 137

    Lucas Hulk Barbosa Hands Jimenez First Submission Loss at Fight to Win 137

    Mar 8, 2020

    In an absolute barn burner, no.2-ranked medium heavyweight Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa took on no.6 pound-for-pound ranked black belt Roberto Jimenez. New to the black belt division, Roberto Jimenez has taken it by storm, undaunted by the level of competition with wins over some of the biggest names, like Keenan Cornelius and even submitting Felipe Andrew. While guys like Cornelius and Andrew have more similar games to Jimenez (relying on length, leverage, and dexterity in their guards) the match with “The Hulk” posed a different type of challenge, stylistically, for the new black belt, notorious not only for soul-crushing power and pressure, but an ability to go into deep waters, escape and come back on top. 

  9. 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.

  10. Spriggs & Liera Jr. Among The Best Performers From Fight 2 Win 130

    Spriggs & Liera Jr. Among The Best Performers From Fight 2 Win 130

    Nov 3, 2019

    Tim Spriggs (TLI) upset Erberth Santos (ESBJJ) to become the new F2W heavyweight champion at Fight 2 Win 130 in Denver on Saturday night

  11. New Beginnings For Michael Liera Jr. Starts With Submission-Only Match

    New Beginnings For Michael Liera Jr. Starts With Submission-Only Match

    Oct 30, 2019

    Less than a month after Atos black belt Michael Liera Jr. announced he was moving to Colorado to start his own academy, he’s set to face off against Denver local Phillip Lietz at Fight 2 Win 130.