The beginning of the 2019 IBJJF World Championships is simply across the corner.
Every year Worlds makes names and breaks hearts as it’s the one that counts. Everyone needs the highest spot, but like each competition, only the dedicated few will make it to the hallowed podium. And this yr’s world’s is not any totally different, the large names are out in drive ar Longbeach, California as all of them look to make and break their very own data and be topped king.
In a shocking twist, Bruno Malfacine is again within the Worlds 2019 roster. In 2018, after an unimaginable 10 black belt world titles, Malfacine left his belt on the mats symbolising his retirement from competition, however it appears the podium calls to him once extra as he’s back in search of title 11.
Names comparable to Buchecha, Lo, Lepri and extra are all again to defend their legacy, but this yr we’ll be seeing the young guns go after their slice of history. Sophomore black belts like Kaynan Duarte and Levi Jones-Leary are right here to make their mark.
On the women’s aspect of the bracket, we have now the Welsh phenom Ffion Davies within the featherweight division in search of her first black belt title. After tearing up the division, with wins over Gezary Matuda at Polaris and different huge names in her Sophmore black belt yr, she’s on monitor for the grand slam and then some.
Further up the load categories, we see Erin Herle make her return to aggressive Jiu-Jitsu. After deciding to give attention to her MMA career, she’s decided to put the Gi again on to challenge for her first world championship title.
In the first yr where the IBJJF is actually offering cash prizes to this yr’s champions, it’s much more on the road! So sit again and chill out as we break down every black belt division and provides our predictions on who’s going to be ended up on the highest spot at the 2019 IBJJF World Championships.
- 1 Male Roosterweight
- 2 Male Mild-Featherweight
- 3 Male Featherweight
- 4 Male Lightweight
- 5 Male Middleweight
- 6 Male Medium-Heavyweight
- 7 Male Heavyweight
- 8 Male Tremendous-Heavyweight
- 9 Male Extremely-Heavyweight
- 10 Female Roosterweight
- 11 Feminine Mild-Featherweight
- 12 Feminine Featherweight
- 13 Female Light-weight
- 14 Female Middleweight
- 15 Feminine Medium-Heavyweight
- 16 Female Heavyweight
- 17 Feminine Tremendous-Heavyweight
The male roosterweight division sees the return of the retired(???) Bruno Malfacine, on the lookout for his 11th black belt world title. If he is profitable he would cement himself as probably the most successful competitive black belt on the earth with 11 division titles.
Nevertheless, this yr sees 2-time World Champion and 10-time NoGi World Champion Caio Terra back into the division. Also be careful for Tomoyuki Hashimoto, who placed third finally yr’s competition.
The male light-featherweight division is an unimaginable 21 man division, so whoever wins that is going to wish to put in some graft to get to finals days. In addition to a stacked division, it additionally features a number of the greatest black belts on the planet.
Up first we now have Michael Musumeci Jr wanting break his personal report by being the one American to win their division three consecutive years in a row. But the division appears formidable with the inclusion of each Miyao brothers Joao and Paulo, and João Gabriel Batista.
The 2019 featherweight division sees Kennedy Macel (Cobrinnha’s son) look in the direction of his first black belt world title, in a yr which hasn’t gone exactly to plan. The featherweight division also sees Isaac Dolderian compete for his first featherweight black belt title in addition to the return of Gianni Grippo and Samir Chantre.
Nevertheless the reigning featherweight champion Jamil Hill-Taylor is back to defend his crown and it’s going to be a troublesome ask.
The male light-weight division has all the time been an thrilling division, normally rivals will float from this division to lower weight brackets and again up as they attempt to find success and this yr’s light-weight division is among the hardest it’s ever been.
The division options an unimaginable 32 rivals on the roster and features a number of the largest names in the sport. Lucas Lepri is trying to redeem his Europeans loss towards the sophomore black belt, Aussie competitor, Levi Jones-Leary. Jones-Leary is trying to redeem himself after his Abu Dhabi World Pro performance after he was submitted by UK black belt Oliver Lovell.
Nevertheless, this stacked division doesn’t function these two shiny stars, this division also options big names akin to Michael Langi, Jeremy Jackson, Tommi Pulkkanen and Leandro Lara, to call a number of.
By far one of many toughest divisions in any knockout format the middleweight division normally sees a number of the largest stars delivered to mild. This yr’s Worlds options a huge roster of former world champions, prospects and more in a division that appears to be completely thrilling.
First off we’ve the Norwegian Tommy Lanagaker who’s been grinding away the previous few years to get his prime spot on that podium, in 2018 he came to everyone’s attention when he submitted Erberth Santos and whereas the 2018 Worlds and 2019 Europeans noticed him get to the finals however miss out in a decent match, he came again in unimaginable style on the 2019 Abu Dhabi World pro event. Will 2019 be the yr for Langaker?
Whether it is to be his yr then it’s possible he should go up towards 2018 world champion and 2019 Europeans champion Isaque Bahiense. These two are starting to build an unimaginable rivalry, which we’re hoping to see as soon as again at the 2019 worlds.
Nevertheless these two aren’t just the only huge names in this division. The middleweight division additionally features ATOS black belt Michael Liera Jr, Claudio Calasans, Max Linblad, JT Torres, Sebastian Broche, Dante Leon, Gabriel Arges, Ollie Geddes and Jerome Jackson. Like we stated, STACKED.
The medium-heavyweight division seems to be an all ATOS affair, with some of ATOS’ largest names in search of glory. Sadly, we see this go the best way of final yr, with Lucas Barbosa and Gustavo Batista closing out the division.
We will only hope that Marcelo Garcia black belt Matheus Dinis or Unity competitor Devonte Johnson gained’t rob us of a spectacular finale.
The male heavyweight division sees the return of reigning 2018 heavyweight World Champion and ADCC champion Felipe Pena.
In another coincidence, we see Keenan Cornelius enter into the heavyweight division underneath the BJJ Globetrotters banner, after his current cut up with ATOS. Keenan was capable of finding the third spot on the rostrum after dropping out to Patrick Gaudo final yr, however can he do two better?
Nevertheless, there is a authentic challenger to the heavyweight throne in the identify of Kaynan Duarte. Kaynan has been tearing it up all through his first yr at black belt and he has his eyes on the prize.
That is an extremely stacked division, especially when the identify Leandro Lo doesn’t function a lot within the predictions, nevertheless after a yr of being injured and poor competition performances in 2019, we’re not sure if Lo is ready to conquer the highest step this yr in such an enormous division.
However this division doesn’t just stop with these four black belts, ATOS’ Dom Bell is trying to make his mark, whereas Poland’s Adam Wardzinski is on the lookout for his first IBJJF World Championship title.
Checkmat’s Jackson Sousa features on this division and he’s all the time one to watch out for while Patrick Gaudo is again and in search of that remaining step up.
The heavyweight division options so many unimaginable names, it’s arduous to predict who’s going to return out on prime!
After dashing Leandro Lo’s hopes of being only the 2nd competitor to win 4 world championships in 4 totally different divisions, Group Lloyd Irvin’s Mahamed Aly is again to defend his 2018 title.
The male super-heavyweight division as all the time been dominated by a number of choose characters and this yr we see Nicholas Meregali look to contend for the throne because the division doesn’t function Lo.
Whenever you speak concerning the male ultra-heavyweight division, there is just one person who stands out and that’s Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida.
In a title which was decided by referee’s determination last yr, we’re looking forward to an explosive rematch between Buchecha and Joao Gabriel Sousa.
On the feminine aspect of the competition, we take a look at the smallest (entrances and measurement sensible) divisions. This division sees the return of Rikako Yuasa, who’s trying to defend her 2018 title. It also options Italian Serena Gabrielli, who Yuasa beat in the 2018 finals.
Will we see a repeat of this thrilling remaining in 2019?
The female light-featherweight division options the return of Gezary Matuda, on the lookout for her 4th world title. Nevertheless, her title goals have been dashed final yr after she was defeated by Amanda Monetrio, who went on to develop into the 2018 champion after defeating Talita Alencar within the finals.
Can redemption be found for Matuda or will this as soon as once more be Monetrio’s yr?
All eyes are on one individual on this division, Ffion Davies. In her first yr at black belt she has turn into European Champion, gained the Polaris feminine featherweight title, gained the Abu Dhabi World pro and grow to be the first British black belt champion at this yr’s Brasileiros.
If Ffion manages to do the seemingly unimaginable, she can be the first ever feminine to win all main IBJJF championships of their first yr at black belt and the first black belt to do it since Andre Galvao back 2005. All that’s left is ADCC…
The female lightweight division sees the return of reigning champion Beatriz Mesquita. It also sees the return of Submit the Stigma founder Erin Herle, who lately left competitive BJJ to give attention to an MMA profession.
The division additionally options Checkmat’s Catherine Perret who’s all the time one to watch out for. Last yr she took 3rd within the championship, so can she do two higher?
The female middleweight division sees returning champions battle it out to once once more turn out to be world champion.
Maintain an eye fixed out for UK’s Samantha Prepare dinner, who turned 2019 European champion. Can she go that additional mile to get on the highest step?
With out the 2018 champion Claudia Doval featuring in the roster, the title race is large open. Be looking out for final yr’s podium placers Sábatha Laís and Andressa Mezari.
The higher end of the feminine divisions all the time appears to be dominated by the identical few individuals.
Within the heavyweight division that has usually been dominated by Nathiely de Jesus, and in a division of simply 5, we’re struggling to see anybody who might prime her in 2019.
With a doping suspension laid down on Tayane Porfirio, Jessica Flowers has moved up a division to say the 2019 world title. Nevertheless, a surprise entrance of Claudia Doval might see her problem for this prime spot, anticipate a surprise twist in this remaining division.