2023 IBJJF No-Gi Worlds adult black belt results

Results of the black belt divisions from the 2023 IBJJF No-Gi Worlds, which took place on December 7-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The dust has now settled on the 2023 IBJJF No-Gi Worlds – the largest iteration of that event yet, with over 4,000 registered competitors.

The black belt divisions were loaded with top talent, including returning world champions, highly regarded young phenoms, and everything in between.

View the full event results from every division here, courtesy of the IBJJF.

Ffion Davies and Roberto Jimenez claim absolute gold

Perhaps the tournament’s most impressive performances came from Ffion Davies and Roberto Jimenez, both of whom won gold in the absolute divisions.

A 2021 lightweight no-gi world champion and the current 60kg ADCC champion, Davies put in a double-gold performance over the weekend to add to her gi world title this year, further strengthening her claim to the world’s top pound-for-pound female grappler.

After taking out top names like Elizabeth Mitrovic and Maria Malyjasiak, Davies shined in an entertaining match against middleweight gold medalist Gabi McComb. Davies found herself in a couple of difficult spots early in that match but roared back with a takedown that led to back control and, moments later, the rear-naked choke finish.

And on the men’s side, Jimenez earned his first major IBJJF black belt title with a dominant run through the absolute division. In the quarterfinals, he took out multiple-time heavyweight ADCC Trials winner Heikki Jussila, and in the semifinals, Jimenez defeated reigning Pans no-gi champion Francisco Lo

The final of the men’s absolute division was one of the most action-packed matches of the year, as Jimenez squared off with ultra-heavy gold medalist Roosevelt Sousa. Sousa found success early, attacking Jimenez with an armbar that appeared to be fully locked in. The Ecuadorian would escape, though, and storm back moments later to secure Sousa’s back and sink in a one-arm rear-naked choke for the finish.

Adult black belt results from the 2023 IBJJF No-Gi Worlds

Men’s divisions

Rooster:

  • 1 – Everton Sousa
  • 2 – Riki Yoshinaga
  • 3 – Christopher Tran
  • 3 – Lucas de Souza Castro

Light-feather

  • 1 – Junny Ocasio
  • 2 – Zachary Kaina
  • 3 – Rodnei Barbosa
  • 3 – Shoya Ishiguro

Feather 

  • 1 – Diego “Pato” Oliveira
  • 2 – Gianni Grippo
  • 3 – Julian Espinosa
  • 3 – Marco Vinicius Brito

Light

  • 1 – Lucas Valente
  • 2 – Deandre Corbe
  • 3 – Daniel Sathler Campos
  • 3 – Danilo Moreira

Middle 

  • 1 – Tommy Langaker
  • 2 – Michael Perez
  • 3 – Fabio Caloi
  • 3 – Luiz Paulo

Medium-heavy

  • 1 – Ronaldo Junior
  • 2 – David Garmo
  • 3 – Rafael Paganini
  • 3 – Sebastian Rodriguez

Heavy

  • 1 – Elder Cruz
  • 2 – Adam Wardzinski
  • 3 – Roberto Jimenez
  • 3 – Vegard Arentz Randeberg

Super-heavy

  • 1 – Javier Zaruski Saul
  • 2 – Viicius “Trator” Gazola
  • 3 – Helton Jose Junior
  • 3 – Vinicius Alves Lessa Paula

Ultra-heavy

  • 1 – Roosevelt Sousa
  • 2 – Heikki Jussila
  • 3 – Daniel Ribeiro da Conceicao
  • 3 – Gabriel Duarte

Absolute

  • 1 – Roberto Jimenez
  • 2 – Roosevelt Sousa
  • 3 – Elder Crux
  • 3 – Vinicius “Trator” Gazola

Women’s divisions

Rooster

  • 1 – Mayssa Bastos
  • 2 – Mariana Rolszt
  • 3 – Amber Rymarz-Freitas
  • 3 – Faye Cherrier

Light-feather

  • 1 – Tammi Musumeci
  • 2 – Jessa Khan
  • 3 – Dorothy Dao
  • 4 – Mara Kelly

Feather

  • 1 – Alex Enriquez
  • 2 – Adele Fornarino
  • 3 – Jessica Crane
  • 3 – Raquel Ferreira da Silva

Light

  • 1 – Ffion Davies
  • 2 – Amanda Bruse
  • 3 – Joanna Christine Trindade
  • 3 – Julia Maele

Middle 

  • 1 – Gabi McComb
  • 2 – Thamara Ferreira Silva
  • 3 – Caitlin Huggins
  • 3 – Deise dos Santos Leonanjo

Medium-heavy

  • 1 – Elizabeth Mitrovic
  • 2 – Salla Mari Simola
  • 3 – Graciele Del Fava de Carvalho
  • 3 – Jordan Elizabeth Patrick

Heavy

  • 1 – Andressa Cintra
  • 2 – Rafaela Guedes
  • 3 – Lucian Mota Castel Branco
  • 3 – Maria Malyjasiak

Super-heavy

  • 1 – Kendall Reusing
  • 2 – Mikaela Barros de Lima
  • 3 – Danielle Walker
  • 3 – Rachel Anne Robinson

Absolute

  • 1 – Ffion Davies
  • 2 – Gabi McComb
  • 3 – Ane Svendsen
  • 3 – Maria Malyjasiak

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