BJJ Bet Line-Up and Preview: Felipe Pena vs. Nicolas Meregali, Middleweight Grand Prix

This weekend will feature some world class gi and no-gi jiu-jitsu, as BJJ Bet II: Who’s Next takes place on Sunday, August 1, from Brazil. The card will feature a match-up between two of the best pound-for-pound gi jiu-jitsu players in the world, as Felipe Pena takes on Nicholas Meregali. The event also showcases an incredibly stacked middleweight grand prix, with the likes of Leandro Lo, Mica Galvao, and Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa competing.

View the full BJJ Bet: Who’s Next line-up below.

Superfights:

  • Felipe Pena vs Nicholas Meregali
  • Tayane Porfirio vs Gabi Pessanha
  • Matheus Gabriel vs. Luan Carvalho
  • Samuel Nagai vs Matheus Onda
  • Meyram Alves vs Murilo Amaral
  • Duda Tozi vs Sayuri Toledo
  • Léo Lara vs Jorge Michelan
  • Caio BBG vs Pedro Machado

88 kg Grand Prix:

  • Leandro Lo
  • Lucas Barbosa
  • William Tackett
  • Mica Galvao
  • Mauricio Oliveira
  • Rafael Paganini
  • Rousimar Palhares
  • Servio Tulio

Felipe Pena and Nicholas Meregali have faced each other once before as black belts, in the quarterfinals of the absolute division of the 2018 Worlds. Meregali won that match by ezekiel choke. Since then, both men have firmly established themselves as two of the best jiu-jitsu players in the world. Pena would go on to win the Worlds in 2019, and is undefeated in 2021 with wins over Luiz Panza, Gutemberg Pereira, Erich Munis, and Patrick Gaudio. Meregali would also win gold at the 2019 Worlds, and has racked up wins over Roberto “Cyborg” AbreuVictor Hugo, and Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa.

As good as Pena vs. Meregali is, the real fun might happen in the loaded middleweight grand prix. If both Lucas Barbosa and 17-year old phenom Mica Galvao are able to win their first-round matches, the pair will meet in the semifinals in a match that has grappling fans salivating. Galvao has been on a tear lately defeating Oliver Taza and winning the Third Coast Grappling grand prix on back-to-back nights.

On the other side of the bracket, William Tackett vs. Rousimar Palhares has the makings of a fun leg lock battle, while the legendary seven-time world champion Leandro Lo meets Rafael Paganini.

How to watch: BJJ Bet 2: Who’s Next takes place on Sunday, August 1, 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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