Sitting champ Bia Mesquita wants to keep up good work in Abu Dhabi

Twenty-five-year-old Bia Mesquita boarded a plane to Abu Dhabi this Tuesday the 18th seeking her fourth World Pro title. She will weigh in on Wednesday and fight on Thursday at the Ipic Arena. “I’m very excited to fight,” she tells Graciemag. “I quite enjoy fighting in Abu Dhabi. I climbed the podium each time I…



Demian Maia on the big investment the UFC made in Conor McGregor

Demian Maia is a role model on and off the canvas. He has built a career around his polite, humble and respectful demeanor. A UFC fighter nearing a title bout, Maia noticed some time ago a big shift in behavior from athletes vying to be contenders. Trash-talking has risen in MMA, and those who know…



Mahamed Aly’s flying armbar from the European Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship

To win double gold at the European Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi IBJJF Championship, held last weekend, Mahamed Aly had to beat some stiff competition. Some of these battles were won by submission, and one of them drew plenty of attention from the public present in the Rome, Italy venue. A flying armbar, similar to that used by…



Erberth Santos, Bia Mesquita win double gold at Rio Fall Open

The Rio Fall Open began this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. Erberth Santos and Beatriz Mesquita each came out with double gold in the gi section. Erberth of Almeida Jiu-Jitsu won his five matches via submission — two at ultra-heavyweight and three in the open division. In his weight class’ final he beat Agnaldo Silveira,…



Adam Wardzinski wins quadruple gold at Poznan International Open

Adam Wardzinski has notched up another bunch of titles. Fighting in his home turf, the student under Alan Finfou won quadruple gold by sweeping the gi and no-gi sections of the Poznan International Open, held last weekend in Poznan, Poland. The Polish star won the heavyweight and absolute divisions twice. Earlier this year he won…



Garry Tonon to face Shinya Aoki in One Championship superfight

Asian franchise One Championship has announced an interesting duel for its May 26 event, set to be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. MMA legend Shinya Aoki and talented BJJ black-belt Garry Tonon will go head to head in a grappling superfight. Thirty-three-year-old Aoki is a black-belt in BJJ and judo with numerous MMA titles…



Abu Dhabi Grand Slam: Junior beats Arges to jump ahead in the ranking; others results

The 2016/2017 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour came to an end with another event for the books, this time in London, UK. Big names in the black belt division travelled to England to compete for their share in more than US$ 100,000. Not only the black belt, but all divisions…



McGregor’s coach Dillon Danis signs with Bellator

A black-belt under Marcelo Garcia, Dillon Danis is the latest BJJ fighter to move to mixed martial arts. The 23-year-old signed this week a contract with Bellator. Yahoo! Sports broke the story. Danis won some big titles as a brown-belt, including no-gi and gi Pan and world titles. He was connected to MMA through his…