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  1. 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.
  2. The Rookie Black Belts Spearheading The Rise Of The Next Gen At Worlds

    The Rookie Black Belts Spearheading The Rise Of The Next Gen At Worlds

    Dec 2, 2021

    The IBJJF World Championships gives jiu-jitsu fans an opportunity to watch their favorite veteran athletes as they hunt for a first, or a repeat world title. It’s a showcase for the best and most beloved grapplers on the planet. But it’s also an opportunity for brand new black belts to earn their recognition, try to ascend the ranks, and — perhaps — start dynastic runs atop the World podium.
  3. Vote NOW: 2020 Breakthrough Grappler Of The Year | FloGrappling Awards

    Vote NOW: 2020 Breakthrough Grappler Of The Year | FloGrappling Awards

    Dec 30, 2020

    2020 was a challenging year for competitors to earn recognition. Still, a few competitors have found ways to throw themselves into the limelight. These six athletes, the candidates for Breakthrough Grappler Of The Year, sought out the biggest challenges, and routinely flourished.
  4. Official FloGrappling Predictions: F2W 156 Kennedy vs Junny

    Official FloGrappling Predictions: F2W 156 Kennedy vs Junny

    Nov 6, 2020

    Fight to Win returns to Philadelphia on Friday, November 6, for another superfight showcase. In the main event, Junny Ocasio will make his fifth Fight to Win appearance since July, and this time he'll step up in weight to take on the no. 1-ranked Kennedy Maciel. In the co-main event, Samuel Nagai will try to knock off another featherweight mainstay, Marcio Andre.
  5. Undefeated Junny Will Face Top-Ranked Kennedy Maciel At F2W 156

    Undefeated Junny Will Face Top-Ranked Kennedy Maciel At F2W 156

    Nov 3, 2020

    Fight to Win returns to Philadelphia on Friday, November 6, for another superfight showcase. In the main event, Junny Ocasio will make his fifth Fight to Win appearance since July, and this time he'll step up in weight to take on the no. 1-ranked Kennedy Maciel. In the co-main event, Samuel Nagai will try to knock off another featherweight mainstay, Marcio Andre.
  6. Five Breakout Stars From Pans 2020

    Five Breakout Stars From Pans 2020

    Oct 14, 2020

    The latest edition of Pans was full of upsets. The black belt roster was packed with rookies looking to make their marks on their new divisions, and veterans hoping to edge themselves into the top of the pack. While many relatively unknown names made waves, a few contenders stole the show.
  7. The Six Best Black Belt Matches From Saturday of 2020 IBJJF Pans

    The Six Best Black Belt Matches From Saturday of 2020 IBJJF Pans

    Oct 10, 2020

    The black belts finally hit the mat on Saturday at the 2020 IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship, with action going up to the final in both absolutes and the women's weights, with men's weight classes going to the quarters. There was a bunch of good matches from Saturday, I've narrowed it down to just a select few of the best for you to check out: 
  8. 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.
  9. Official FloGrappling Predictions: F2W 153 - Grippo vs Nagai

    Official FloGrappling Predictions: F2W 153 - Grippo vs Nagai

    Sep 25, 2020

    This weekend's edition of Fight to Win will include two no-gi title matches. Edwin "Junny" Ocasio will return to defend his bantamweight title against Marcelo Cohen, and Talita Alencar will square off against Heather Raftery for the women's no-gi flyweight belt.
  10. Two No-Gi Titles On The Line At Fight To Win 153

    Two No-Gi Titles On The Line At Fight To Win 153

    Sep 22, 2020

    This weekend's edition of Fight to Win will include two no-gi title matches. Edwin "Junny" Ocasio will return to defend his bantamweight title against Marcelo Cohen, and Talita Alencar will square off against Heather Raftery for the women's no-gi flyweight belt.
  11. Subversiv Sub-Only Team Challenge Quick Facts & Most Surprising Moments

    Subversiv Sub-Only Team Challenge Quick Facts & Most Surprising Moments

    Aug 29, 2020

    Now the event is in the bag we take a quick look at the 3 on 3 team challenge event. A lot of crazy results to digest, here are the most noteworthy.
  12. The Matches We Want To See At Subversiv 3

    The Matches We Want To See At Subversiv 3

    Aug 27, 2020

    Subversiv is back for a third installment of team jiu-jitsu!
  13. Black Belt Promotions In The COVID Season: What's The Impact?

    Black Belt Promotions In The COVID Season: What's The Impact?

    Aug 21, 2020

    Many of the top pound-for-pound brown belts have been promoted since the IBJJF canceled the second half of the 2019-20 season due to COVID-19. In April, Meyram Maquine earned the strap, and just this month, Higor Lima, Raul Basilio, Roosevelt Sousa, Samuel Nagai, and Fabricio Andrey each leveled up to black belt.