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Paulo Miyao is a jiu-jitsu black belt and two-time IBJJF World Champion from Andirá, Brazil. Born on May 11, 1991, Miyao earned a reputation for his aggressive, nearly impassible guard, highlighted by his prowess with the berimbolo technique as a purple belt.

  1. Grappling Bulletin: Keenan Out of WNO, Johnatha Beats Mica Galvao

    Grappling Bulletin: Keenan Out of WNO, Johnatha Beats Mica Galvao

    Jun 14, 2021

    Johnatha Alves was able to stop the surging Mica Galvao and claimed $10,000 in the process. Keenan Cornelius has pulled out of WNO but one of his black belts has stepped up to replace him, and a well-known champion from the women’s divisions will make her MMA debut. All this and more in this week’s Grappling Bulletin,.
  2. Kendall Reusing and Talita Nogueira To Square Off At Fight To Win 173

    Kendall Reusing and Talita Nogueira To Square Off At Fight To Win 173

    May 27, 2021

    Fight to Win returns to Dallas, TX for another night of grappling on Friday, June 11. In the main event, 2021 No-Gi Pan champ Kendall Reusing, will face Talita Nogueira. Earlier in the evening, the top ranked roosterweight, Lucas Pinheiro will take on multiple time world champ Paulo Miyao.
  3. 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

    May 13, 2021

    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.
  4. How Roberto Jimenez' Busy 2020 Could Give Him An Edge Over Nicky Ryan

    How Roberto Jimenez' Busy 2020 Could Give Him An Edge Over Nicky Ryan

    Feb 4, 2021

    Nicky Ryan and Roberto Jimenez have often been called prodigies in their budding careers as professional athletes. But their individual ascents to the top of the rankings have been substantially different. 
  5. Crucial Details From The Best K-Guard Players | Technique Showcase

    Crucial Details From The Best K-Guard Players | Technique Showcase

    Nov 7, 2020

    The K-guard has become a favorite position for backtake specialists and leg lockers alike over the last few years. Sometimes called the keymaster guard or shallow X-guard, the position is best recognized as the root of the illustrious matrix backtake. 
  6. Keys To Pressure Passing For Lighter Grapplers | Technique Showcase

    Keys To Pressure Passing For Lighter Grapplers | Technique Showcase

    Nov 1, 2020

    The elite competitors of the lightest weight divisions are often revered for their impassible guards and their abilities to take their opponents’ backs from anywhere. Roosterweights, light featherweights, and featherweights like Mikey Musumeci, Paulo Miyao, and Mayssa Bastos are back attack artists who rely on intricate guards and techniques to get behind their opponents.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Gordon Controls Explosive Matheus, Craig Strikes On Roberto's Weakness

    Gordon Controls Explosive Matheus, Craig Strikes On Roberto's Weakness

    Oct 3, 2020

    The "greatest no-gi grappling card of all time" lived up to the hype. Who's Number One: Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz brought us long-anticipated matchups, stunning submissions, and fiery matchups. Find out who won, who the winners called out, and how this could shake up the rankings here!
  12. Updates And Results For Who's Number One: Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz

    Updates And Results For Who's Number One: Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz

    Oct 3, 2020

    Live from Who's Number One: Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz, here is the play by play of every single match!
  13. Who's Number One Betting Lines Released!

    Who's Number One Betting Lines Released!

    Oct 2, 2020

    Do you want to get in on the action for the biggest grappling event of the year?
  14. Official WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz Event Preview

    Official WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz Event Preview

    Sep 22, 2020

    Who's Number One (WNO) returns on Friday, October 2nd, for the biggest event of 2020, and quite possibly the biggest event of all time. Named after its main event, WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz will showcase the best no-gi competitors in the game using submission only rules. 
  15. How to Watch WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz

    How to Watch WNO: Gordon Ryan vs Matheus Diniz

    Sep 22, 2020

    This may be the greatest no-gi superfight grappling card ever put together! We will finally get to see the reigning ADCC 88 kg champ, Matheus Diniz, take his shot at Gordon Ryan. Gordon will try to become the first man to submit Diniz in no-gi, but he'll have to deal with Diniz's physicality.