2022 IBJJF Worlds: Adult black belt finals live results and highlights

The 2022 IBJJF Worlds take place on June 2-5, live from the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, CA. This is the premier gi tournament, attracting the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors in the world. Adult black belts will be competing on Saturday and Sunday. 

The adult black belt finals of the 2022 Worlds take place on Sunday afternoon, with the most prestigious title in gi jiu-jitsu on the line. Grappling Insider will be providing live updates, results, and highlights as the matches unfold.

A number of incredibly intriguing match-ups are on deck, including Tye Ruotolo vs. Mica Galvao at lightweight, Tainan Dalpra and Andy Murasaki at middleweight, and Nicholas Meregali taking on Erich Munis for the absolute title.

2022 IBJJF Worlds results:

Women’s rooster: Mayssa Bastos def. Brenda Larissa via points (6-4)

Larissa earned an early advantage when she came up to top position after a double guard pull. The pair then traded sweeps, with the advantage to Bastos by a score of 6-4. Per usual, Bastos’ guard looked simply unpassable, and a late omoplata/armbar attempt punctuated her win. The Unity Jiu-Jitsu representative is now a three-time black belt world champion.

Women’s light feather: Anna Rodrigues def. Tammi Musumeci via points (4-2)

Rodrigues pulled guard early, and after a few minutes of work from the double-pull position, Rodrigues took top postion for a two-point lead. Musumeci would nearly achieve a sweep on the edge of the mat, but was only awarded an advantage and top position for her efforts. The pair then spent the next four minutes again engaged from the double-pull position. Rodrigues again came up for two points, securing the four-point win. She is now a two-time IBJJF world champion.

Women’s feather: Bianca Basilio def. Amanda Canuto via advantages (0-0, 3-0 advantages)

After nearly five minutes of grip fighting on the feet, the action picked up with a foot sweep from Basilio that lead to three advantages, with Basilio very nearly taking Canuto’s back. With under four minutes remaining, Canuto pulled to a clean closed guard. Canuto seemed to have Basilio entirely wrapped up for a sweep, but Basilio showed incredible base and nearly passed Canuto’s guard in the final minute of the match. This was Basilio’s first world championship.

Women’s lightweight: Ffion Davies def. Janaina Menezes via points (2-0)

Davies took an early two-point lead with a takedown. Menezes very nearly wrapped up a knee bar, but Davies managed to escape to top position. From there, Menezes attacked from her guard, wrapping up Davies in lapel entanglements. Those entanglements slowed Davies’ relentless knee-cut passing attempts, but never created any real offensive opportunities for Canuto. Davies would ride out that two-point lead, defending Canuto’s sweep attempts while consistently threatening a knee-cut pass. She becomes the first-ever British-born black belt world champion.

Women’s middleweight: Andressa Cintra def. Thalyta Lima via referee’s decision (0-0, 1-1 advantages

After a double guard pull, Lima came to top position for an advantage lead. Cintra nearly secured an armbar/triangle, evening the advantages at one a piece. Cintra attacked aggressively with wrist locks and muscle sweep attempts from her closed guard for essentially the remainder of the match, with Lima attempting to pass but largely forced on the defensive. Cintra was awarded the referee’s decision for her third world championship.

Women’s medium-heavy: Ana Carolina Vieira def. Luciana Mota via submission (arm triangle choke)

The match started with nearly four minutes of little activity on the feet, leading to a pair of penalties given to each athlete. Vieira pulled to closed guard. Mota fell back on a deep ankle lock, giving Vieira top position and a two-point lead. Now attacking from her back, Mota attacked another ankle lock, but Vieira defended and immediately passed guard for three points. Vieira then moved to mount and secured an arm triangle choke with just under a minute remaining in the match. She is now a five-time world champion.

Women’s heavyweight: Larissa Dias def. Rafaela Guedes via advantages (0-0, 2-1 advantages)

Guedes earned an early advantage after taking top position from a double guard pull. Dias patiently controlled Guedes from a tight closed guard, taking Guedes’ back standing with a body triangle midway through the match. Dias stayed glued to Guedes’ back with Guedes standing for the final five minutes of the match, threatening a rear naked choke in the final seconds for a single advantage win.

Women’s super heavyweight: Gabrieli Pessanha def. Yara Soares via points (4-2)

Soares took an advantage lead after coming to top position early. The pair traded sweeps to a score of 4-2, advantage Pessanha. Pessanha nearly secured a pass in the final minute of the match as she rode out her lead. This is her third world championship.

Men’s rooster: Thalison Soares def. Carlos “Bebeto” Oliveira via points (2-0)

Soares took an early two-point lead with a sweep. Oliveira wrapped Soares up in complicated lapel, lasso, and de la riva guards for much of the next several minutes, slowing Soares’ passing attempts. Oliveira attempted a toehold in the final minute of the match, an attack he used to nearly take Soares’ back and sweep in the final seconds. Oliveira would earn an advantage but not the points, giving Soares the win. This is Soares’ first world championship.

Men’s super heavyweight: Erich Munis def. Nicholas Meregali via points (6-4)

Munis earned a two-point lead with a guard pull interception. Meregali evened the score with a sweep two minutes later. Munis soon sweeped back with a clean single leg-x sweep. Meregali attacked relentlessly from lasso guard, eventually evening the score at 4-4 with four minutes remaining. Munis immediately engaged the single leg-x guard and swept back with just under two minutes remaining. Meregali then nearly swept with a single leg all the way to the feet, but Munis defended well to protect his 6-4 win. Munis is now a two-time world champion.

After the match, Munis ran across the mat to propose to his girlfriend (she said yes!).

Men’s light feather: Meyram Alves def. Diego “Pato” Oliveira via referee’s decision

Alves and Oliveira traded sweeps up to a score of 2-2 and even advantages at 1-1. Oliveira attacked early with a deep foot lock attempt, and continued to attack with an active guard through the final minutes of the match. For his part, Alves put in plenty of work from the top position. Ultimately, Alves was awarded the unanimous decision victory over his teammate Oliveira.

Men’s feather: Isaac Doederlein def. Diego Sodre via points (2-0)

Doederlein spent the bulk of the match attacking from his back, finally securing a sweep in the very final seconds of the match to win the world championship in dramatic match. This was Doederlein’s first world championship.

Men’s lightweight: Mica Galvao def. Tye Ruotolo via points (2-0)

The highly anticipated lightweight final lived up to the hype. Galvao pulled guard early and swept in a wild scramble, earning a two-point lead that would ultimately earn him the win and his first black belt world title. Galvao then worked to pass, forcing Ruotolo to turtle. From there, Galvao secured the body triangle on Ruotolo’s back — a position he held until the final two minutes of the match. Ruotolo escaped to Galvao’s closed guard, but was unable to score despite his best efforts.

Men’s middleweight: Tainan Dalpra def. Andy Murasaki via submission (lapel choke)

Murasaki started with an impressive takedown from an inside trip. Dalpra quickly answered back, though, sweeping frm the single leg-x guard. Dalpra proceeded to show why he’s arguably the best pound-for-pound gi grappler in the world, passing Murasaki’s guard three times before securing a lapel choke from side control. This was Dalpra’s second world championship.

Men’s medium heavy: Leandro Lo def. Isaque Bahiense via points (2-0)

Lo pulled guard early and nearly secured a sweep after a couple minutes of work from his guard. Bahiense scrambled back to his feet, but Lo had earned two advantages for his efforts. Back on the feet, Lo secured a clean double leg takedown midway through the match, lighting the crowd on fire. Bahiense attempted to sweep back, but ultimately Lo flattened out Bahiense in the half guard to ride out the win and capture his eighth world title.

Men’s heavyweight: Kaynan Duarte def. Dimitrius Souza via advantages (0-0, 2-0 advantages)

Alliance’s Souza pulled guard early, but it was Duarte that poured on the offense, threatening multiple guard passes with pant grips, and nearly taking Souza’s back at one point. Those passing sequences earned Duarte a pair of advantages to earn him his second world championship.

Men’s ultra heavyweight: Victor Hugo def. Gutemberg Pereira via points (9-2)

Pereira pulled guard early and secured a sweep and two-point lead. From there, Pereira poured on the pressure, flattening Hugo out and all-but earning the guard pass to mount. Hugo held on to Pereira’s foot, using a pant grip in the final two minutes to sweep Pereira. Hugo used the momentum to pass guard and move to mount, winning by a score of 9-2.

Women’s open weight: Gabrieli Pessanha def. Amy Campo via referee’s decision

Pessanha pulled to her guard and attacked from her closed guard through the opening minutes of the match, but really opened up with triangle attacks and her de la riva guard in the final five minutes. In the final two minutes, Pessanha finally secured a sweep, but Campo immediately responded with a sweep of her own. Pessanha finished with an omoplata attempt, but it was not enough to earn an advantage. That wouldn’t matter, as Pessanha was awarded the unanimous decision, making her a four-time world champion.

Men’s open weight: Nicholas Meregali def. Erich Munis via advantage (0-0, 1-0 advantages)

In a match that was entirely different than their final at ultra heavyweight, Meregali worked entirely from top position. He showed off excellent pressure, despite Munis wrapping up a tight and complex lapel guard through the middle portion of the match. In the final two minutes, Meregali earned an advantage after flattening Munis out in half guard.

How to watch: The 2022 Worlds take place on June 2-5 and will air live on FloGrappling (subscription required).

Ben Coate

Ben has been involved with grappling, whether through wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, essentially his entire life. After wrestling throughout his childhood, Ben found Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a young adult and quickly fell in love. He has been training for over ten years and currently holds the rank of brown belt, and remains involved in both the MMA and BJJ scene. Ben has been writing about combat sports since 2017. He has interviewed and profiled some of MMA's biggest stars, including multiple UFC champions.

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