Mahamed Aly is the newest addition to the IBJJF Pro League GP

The IBJJF announced that Mahamed Aly has been added to the Pro League heavyweight GP. He is the sixth member to be announced in the 8-man tourney. Aly will challenge himself amongst some of the greatest competitors the sport has ever seen in one bracket. Roger Gracie, Marcus “Buchecha,” Andre Galvao, Leandro Lo and João…



João Gabriel Rocha announced for IBJJF Pro League’s Heavyweight GP

The IBJJF Pro League’s Heavyweight GP has announced its fifth fighter. João Gabriel Rocha of Soul Fighters joins Roger Gracie, Marcus Buchecha, André Galvão and Leandro Lo in the contest for the $40,000 first prize, with three spots still vacant. The GP is scheduled to take place Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. Let us know…



2017 Worlds: Gracie, Moicano, Gabi, Tainan and more juvenile blue belt standouts

The next crop of BJJ champions won’t lack talent, as we ascertained by following the juvenile blue belt contests of the 2017 World Championship. In the women’s section, we have Gabrieli Pessanha, who won double gold at juvenile 2 as she beat Sarah Paul (Iron Lion JJ) at super-heavyweight and Sami Galvão (Alliance) in the…



A breakout star from Nova União, brown-belt Alex Sodré seeks to shine at the Worlds

This year the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship has one of the best crops of brown-belts we’ve seen. Among the talent is 21-year-old Alex Sodré from the state of Amazonas. A student under Rodrigo Feijão at Nova União, he will be shooting for gold in the light featherweight division, meaning he will be up against Pablo Mantovani…



After overcoming a serious injury in the lower back, Lucas Pinheiro seeks first world title

A car accident nearly put an end at Lucas Pinheiro’s professional career. It was eight months of misery, suffering and also a lot of willpower to get back on the mats in order to be able to do what he loves the most: train Jiu-Jitsu. The accident happened in Dallas two days before the 2016…



Following San Diego Open victory, Marcio André eyes BJJ Worlds

Marcio André’s pre-season has come to an end according to plan. The Nova União representative had golden performances in each of the three open events he took part in leading up to the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which begins May 31st. His latest triumph came in the lightweight division of the San Diego Open on May…



Felipe Preguiça subs Erberth Santos, wins under-95kg ACBJJ GP; Luiz Panza wins over 95kg

Felipe “Preguiça” Pena and Luiz Panza did Brazil proud in the Absolute Championship Berkut’s 16-man GP, held Saturday in Warsaw, Poland. They each defeated three opponents to become under-95kg and over-95kg champion, respectively. Under 95kg Preguiça started out by submitting Igor Silva via guillotine. Then, in a semifinal, he beat Poland’s own Adam Wardzinski on…



Leandro Lo on winning two finals vs. Erberth at the Brazilian Nationals

All eyes were on him at José Correa Gymnasium, Barueri last weekend. Calm demeanor, neat gi, black belt around the waist and his NS Brotherhood patch on the back. Leandro Lo was the biggest name of the 21st edition of the Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship. The former lightweight, who is currently a heavyweight, took a…