BJJ Stars 9 results: Matheus Gabriel wins GP, Isaque Bahiense upsets Mica Galvao

View results and video highlights from BJJ Stars 9. Matheus Gabriel won the eight-man lightweight grand prix.

BJJ Stars 9 went down on Friday night, showcasing a number of the world’s top jiu-jitsu competitors. Checkmat’s Matheus Gabriel walked away the winner of a loaded lightweight grand prix, and in superfight action, Dream Art’s Isaque Bahiense picked up a massive win over teenage prodigy Mica Galvao.

Matheus Gabriel wins lightweight grand prix

Gabriel started strong with a dominant win over Wallison Oliveira, showing off a clean knee cut pass directly into an armbar as he secured an armbar with just over a minute remaining in the match.

In the second round, Gabriel won a tit-for-tat battle of sweeps against Israel Almeida, staving off a last-second back-take attempt to win on points, 4-2.

The final saw Gabriel square off with 2022 IBJJF light-feather world champion Meyram Maquine Alves. The Checkmat athlete again displayed excellent tactical and strategic awareness, earning an early sweep that would carry him to a 2-0 points victory.

Paulo Miyao, Samuel Nagai, Isaque Bahiense, Anna Rodrigues, and Bia Mesquita win superfights

In notable no-gi action, veteran Paulo Miyao, now representing Dream Art, snatched up an inside heel hook on Alexandre Vieira, showcasing his ever-evolving leg lock game. Also, Checkmat’s Samuel Nagai picked up a massive win in his first-ever black belt no-gi match as he defeated ADCC veteran Fabricio Andrey by decision.

And in the final no-gi superfight of the evening, Isaque Bahiense earned an upset win over ADCC silver medalist Mica Galvao on the strength of one penalty given against Galvao for a last-second guard pull. For the first time in his black belt career, the 18-year old Galvao is riding a two-match losing streak (he lost to Kade Ruotolo in the final of the ADCC World Championships).

Lower on the card, Dream Art’s Anna Rodrigues continued her run of dominance at a higher weight class, securing an armbar win over Maria Claudia. Fresh off a gold medal performance at the no-gi Pans, Rodrigues will compete next week in the IBJJF Lightweight Grand Prix.

Also, Bia Mesquita earned a scrappy, wrestling-heavy points victory over Thalyta Silva.

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