BJJ: Mackenzie Dern and her winning choke from the San Diego Open

Even after her successful transition into MMA, Mackenzie Dern continues  to parade her fine skills in BJJ events worldwide. In her most recent appearance, at the San Diego Open, the Gracie Humaitá star beat the middleweight field. It came down to a final between her and teammate Emilie Thylin, which Dern dominated. After using speed…



Isaque Bahiense talks lead-up to World Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Twenty-one-year-old Isaque Bahiense, one of the stars of the new generation of BJJ, promises to make noise in the 2017 World Championship, scheduled to begin May 31st in Calif. This will be his first edition fighting as a black-belt, and he is excited to try and take the middleweight title. “You can expect an Isaque…



Marcio André interview: Las Vegas Open win, 2017 Worlds

Marcio André, 22, continues on in his season-long bid to win gold at the 2017 Jiu-Jitsu World Championship. To get there in top shape, the Nova União fighter has been fighting a few of the open tournaments organized by the IBJJF this year, like the Las Vegas one, which ended last weekend in Nevada. Fighting…



Check out Gregor Gracie’s identical submissions at the Boston Spring Open

Gregor Gracie had a wonderful performance over the weekend at the IBJJF Boston Spring Open taking home double gold. What might be even more impressive were Gracie’s back to back americana submissions in the medium-heavy semi-final and final. Both matches lasted under 1 minute as both opponents went for the same game plan of diving…



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…



Jiu-Jitsu: Isaque Paiva’s choke at the Floripa Open

Held last weekend, the Floripa Open gathered a bunch of crack BJJ fighters, each one eyeing the gold and some points in the IBJJF rankings. Among them was Isaque Paiva; the Saikoo representative took part in the featherweight tournament and got the best of Eduardo Botega (Zenith) in the final. Botega did a good job,…



Antônio Carlos Jr. wants a BJJ duel at UFC 212 in Rio

The winner of the third season of TUF Brazil, Antônio Carlos Jr. is doing great in the UFC. Riding the momentum of two consecutive wins in the middleweight division, he will be looking to add to that against American Erik Spicely come June 3rd in Rio de Janeiro. “The expectation is very good for this…



Pan champion Jéssica Flowers gearing up for Worlds, ADCC

Gracie Barra’s Jéssica Oliveira Flowers’ career is taking off. The 25-year-old originally from GB Amazonas has an impressive résumé, with a title in the Los Angeles Grand Slam, a runner-up finish in the 2015 ADCC, and the Pan she won in March in the medium heavyweight division, coupled with the silver in the absolute, right…