No Close-Outs: Kade Ruotolo Plans to Face Brother in Finals of IBJJF Worlds

The 2021 IBJJF Worlds are little over a week away, and elite competitors and twin brothers Tye and Kade Ruotolo are both registered to compete in the adult brown belt division. Both Ruotolo brothers have largely been competing and succeeding against black belts (albeit in no-gi competition), so they are

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IBJJF Grand Prix Results and Highlights: Tainan Dalpra, Victor Hugo Win $20K

On Saturday, November 13 at the IBJJF’s Jiu-Jitsu Con, eight elite jiu-jitsu players — four middleweights and four heavyweights — competed in mini tournaments, each with a $20,000 purse on the line. Rookie black belt Tainan Dalpra took home the gold at middleweight, while Victor Hugo won the heavyweight division.

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Four Elite Competitors Announced for IBJJF $20,000 Heavyweight Grand Prix

The IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Con takes place from November 11-13 in Las Vegas, NV. On the final day of that event, the IBJJF will be hosting a pair of four-man tournaments, each with $20,000 in prize money on the line. The organization has previously announced the middleweight line-up (view the middleweight

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No-Gi Worlds Results and Highlights: Rookie Black Belt Pedro Marinho Wins Double Gold

The 2021 IBJJF no-gi Worlds took place from October 7-10, and no competitor made a bigger splash than Gracie Barra representative Pedro Marinho. Just seven months into his black belt career, Marinho won both the heavyweight division and open class, defeating elite grapplers Victor Hugo, Adam Wardzinski, Vagner Rocha, and

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Video: ‘The Hillbilly Hammer’ Jacob Couch Puts Opponent to Sleep to Win No-Gi Worlds

Jacob Couch (AKA “The Hillbilly Hammer”) is having a great few weeks. After accepting the opportunity to compete in the Who’s Number One (WNO) Championships, the Pedigo Submission Fighting brown belt shocked the jiu-jitsu world with his submission win in the first round over Roberto Jimenez. He would follow that

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2021 IBJJF No-Gi Worlds Preview: Are Victor Hugo and ‘Cyborg’ Abreu on a Collision Course?

The 2021 IBJJF no-gi Worlds take place on October 7-10, with black belts competing on Saturday and Sunday. The men’s ultra-heavyweight division is the smallest adult black belt division, but potentially includes one of the events most anticipated matches. After going 1-1 against each other at the 2019 no-gi Worlds,

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2021 IBJJF No-Gi Worlds Preview: The Loaded Middleweight Division

The 2021 IBJJF no-gi Worlds take place on October 7-10, with black belts competing on Saturday and Sunday. It is arguably the most anticipated IBJJF event of the year, and with the recently-instituted leg reaping and heel hooking rules, a number of top submission-only grapplers that previously avoided IBJJF competition

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2021 IBJJF Pans Results and Video Highlights: Fellipe Andrew Wins Double Gold

Alliance representative Fellipe Andrew further solidified his status as the top male black belt IBJJF competitor over the weekend, winning gold in the super heavyweight and absolute divisions at the Pan Championships…. stuff In the finals of the super heavyweight division, Andrew squared off with fellow Alliance representative and 2020

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2021 IBJJF Pans Results: Tainan Dalpra Wins First Pan Championship as Black Belt

Competing in his first IBJJF Pan Championship as a black belt, 20-year old Art of Jiu-Jitsu product Tainan Dalpra took home gold in a loaded middleweight division. Dalpra defeated elite black belt competitors Ronaldo Junior and Yago de Souza in the final two rounds of the tournament. In the first

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2021 IBJJF Pans: Checkmat’s Elder Cruz Submits Three to Win Brown Belt Gold

Elder Cruz continues his path of domination through the colored belts. On Thursday, the Checkmat brown belt submitted three opponents — all with the same technique — on his way to winning gold in the heavyweight division at the 2021 IBJJF Pans. In the first round of the tournament, Cruz

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