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Victor Hugo is a black belt under Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, and a no-gi world champion, recognized as one of the most promising young competitors of the next generation. Born in Fortaleza, Brazil on May 1, 1997, Hugo won all four of the IBJJF majors at the purple belt and brown belt levels, and won his first black belt no-gi world title after just six months at the rank.

  1. Grappling Bulletin: ADCC Trials, A Major Team Fragments, Tonon's Title Shot

    Grappling Bulletin: ADCC Trials, A Major Team Fragments, Tonon's Title Shot

    Sep 13, 2021

    If there's one thing I was reminded of at Pans is that after a long time with no major tournaments, it was really, really good to see high level matches in the gi.
  2. Fellipe Andrew Captures Double Gold At 2021 Pans: Day 5 Recap

    Fellipe Andrew Captures Double Gold At 2021 Pans: Day 5 Recap

    Sep 6, 2021

    Fellipe Andrew won his first double-gold in an IBJJF major putting 18 points on Gustavo Batista in the absolute division final.
  3. Who Can Topple The Returning Champs At The 2021 IBJJF Pans?

    Who Can Topple The Returning Champs At The 2021 IBJJF Pans?

    Aug 18, 2021

    The rosters for the 2021 IBJJF Pan Championship are stacked with returning champions, fan favorites, and rookies looking to break out. Some of the divisions have clear cut favorites to win gold, while others are harder to call. Here are our predictions for the favorites to reach the top of the podium, the dark horses who could steal the show, and the disruptors who could make things difficult for their division cohorts.
  4. Grappling Bulletin: Gianni Grippo Grips and Rips Heel Hook But Was It Cool?

    Grappling Bulletin: Gianni Grippo Grips and Rips Heel Hook But Was It Cool?

    Aug 9, 2021

    Welcome to FloGrappling's Grappling Bulletin. We'll cover the biggest moments from a week of jiu-jitsu that saw Gianni Grippo win the Emerald City Invitational 16-man 145lb no-gi tournament (and create a sizable controversy in the process), Team USA shut out Team UK/Ireland at Polaris Squads, gi tournaments by AJP Tour and IBJJF took place in Miami and Kansas, and Baret Yoshida hit a possible submission of the year at Fight to Win 180.
  5. Grappling Bulletin: Danaher Death Squad Announces Team Split

    Grappling Bulletin: Danaher Death Squad Announces Team Split

    Jul 26, 2021

    John Danaher released shocking news on his Instagram page yesterday, announcing the breakup of the Puerto Rico-based Danaher Death Squad.
  6. Legendary Xande Ribeiro To Face Fellipe Trovo At Fight To Win 178

    Legendary Xande Ribeiro To Face Fellipe Trovo At Fight To Win 178

    Jun 29, 2021

    Fight to Win will come to Phoenix, AZ on July 24 for another night of grappling superfights. In the main event, one of the longest active competitors in grappling history, Xande Ribeiro will take on Atos' Fellipe Trovo in a gi matchup.
  7. Grappling Bulletin: IBJJF No-Gi Pans Big Winners & Taza's Disappointing DQ

    Grappling Bulletin: IBJJF No-Gi Pans Big Winners & Taza's Disappointing DQ

    May 17, 2021

    Some champions were ruthless in their pursuit of victory, catching nothing but submission at the 2021 IBJJF No-Gi Pans. Others were more content with barely doing enough to win gold. In this edition of the Grappling Bulletin we discuss the biggest winners from the 2021 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship, and we highlight a destructive and disappointing trend that is starting to affect the no-gi competition scene.
  8. Black Belt Updates & Results: 2021 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championships

    Black Belt Updates & Results: 2021 IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championships

    May 15, 2021

    The IBJJF 2021 Pan No-Gi Championships is underway. The black belt divisions begin at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 15, and run all day long. We'll be updating the biggest news and most important results, and linking to the most exciting matches on this page all day. Keep this page refreshed throughout the day to remain up to date.
  9. Victor Hugo, Devhonte Johnson & More: The Top SHWs and UHWs At Pan No-Gi

    Victor Hugo, Devhonte Johnson & More: The Top SHWs and UHWs At Pan No-Gi

    May 12, 2021

    The super heavyweight division at No-Gi Pans is up for grabs, as the 2020 champion, Kaynan Duarte, is not returning to defend. That leaves this division open for several long-time contenders to slide in and collect a title.
  10. Grappling Bulletin: Is It Too Soon To Ask For Victor Hugo vs Gordon Ryan?

    Grappling Bulletin: Is It Too Soon To Ask For Victor Hugo vs Gordon Ryan?

    Mar 22, 2021

    The Grappling Bulletin podcast will go live at the earlier time of 3:30pm ET today, Monday March 22. Watch it on FloGrappling, and also on our Facebook and YouTube. 
  11. Official FloGrappling Predictions: Fight To Win 167

    Official FloGrappling Predictions: Fight To Win 167

    Mar 20, 2021

    Fight To Win 167 features Victor Hugo vs Tim Spriggs, Osvaldo Queixinho Moizinho vs Gabriel Sousa, Pedro Marinho vs Jake Watson, and more. As usual, the FloGrappling team has given their picks for who is set to come out with the w from the top matches on the card. 
  12. How to Watch Fight to Win 167, Victor Hugo vs Tim Spriggs

    How to Watch Fight to Win 167, Victor Hugo vs Tim Spriggs

    Mar 16, 2021

    Here's how to watch Fight to Win 167 on FloGrappling.
  13. Grappling Bulletin: The First Heel Hook in IBJJF History

    Grappling Bulletin: The First Heel Hook in IBJJF History

    Mar 8, 2021

    The long-anticipated debut of heel hooks in the IBJJF no-gi format has finally arrived. The Dallas No-Gi Open went down on Sunday, March 7. It was a historic event as the first tournament in the history of the IBJJF to allow heel hooks for adult brown and black belts. 
  14. 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. 
  15. Gordon & Nicky Ryan, Tye Ruotolo Set Who's Number One Records In 2020

    Gordon & Nicky Ryan, Tye Ruotolo Set Who's Number One Records In 2020

    Jan 5, 2021

    In 2020, FloGrappling launched Who’s Number One, a series of superfights featuring the many of the best grapplers in the world. With the inaugural year of WNO now in the books, here are some of the athletes, trends, and noteworthy statistics from the mega event series in 2020.