See how brown-belt Gustavo “Braguinha” swept and beat Xande Ribeiro

A brown-belt of NS Brotherhood, Gustavo “Braguinha” Batista again pulled a surprise out of the bag. This time it happened at the Argentina National Pro, held last weekend. A pupil of Leandro Lo, Braguinha was assigned to the black belt absolute, which was short on fighters. After a few matches, he saw himself face to…



Ronaldo Jacaré on why he gets punched so seldom

At 37, Ronaldo Jacaré is living the highest point in his MMA career. Nine of his last ten fights were won by him, and only one win came by decision. His last loss was a split decision versus Yoel Romero, and his last KO suffered was in 2008. After having knocked out Vitor Belfort and…



Nicholas Meregali beats Xande Ribeiro, wins spot at Abu Dhabi World Pro

After two days of competition, the Brazil National Pro defined the 50 athletes that will represent the Brazilian team at the Abu Dhabi World Pro in April. The finals took place Sunday the 12th at the Amadeu Teixeira Arena in Manaus, Brazil, and young Nicholas Meregali won big. Debuting at black belt, the 23-year-old bested…



Stacked line-up already confirmed for 2017 Pan Championship

The 2017 Pan is already looking to be one of the biggest tournaments of the year. With the registration window still open for another month, there are some big names already signed up in the black belt divisions — Gianni Grippo, Alexander Trans, Rodrigo Freitas, Manuel Diaz, Vinny Magalhaes, Ricardo Evangelista, Nicholas Meregali, Tanner Rice…



IBJJF confirms Pan for March; registration is open

After opening the 2017 BJJ calendar with the European Championship in Portugal, the IBJJF now gears up for the Pan. The federation announced that the event will take place March 15 through 19 at the Bren Center, in Irvine, Calif. Registration is available right now and can be done here.



Results of the Brazilian ADCC Trials 2017 — Viscardi Andrade beats Erick Silva in a superfight

The Brazilian ADCC Trials 2017 took place in Sao Paulo this Saturday, and defined which Brazilians will attend ADCC Finland in September. A superfight saw Viscardi Andrade start with a takedown on Erick Silva, which, according to the rules, was worth no points. After the first five minutes, points were on, and Erick managed to…



Euro runner-up Lúcio Largarto retires from adults’ competition in BJJ

At 36, after a long competitive journey, Lúcio Largarto is retiring. The announcement came silently after he won silver last Sunday. On his knees on the mat, he stretched his black belt before him an paid reverence. Although he lost that final to Mahamed Aly, his career was a winning one. He won double gold…



Learn Xande Ribeiro’s favorite position for taking the back in BJJ

A leader of Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu and longtime BJJ idol, Xande Ribeiro has up his sleeve a few important details he’s been using to stay on top over the years. Besides having a hard-to-crack guard, Xande has a nearly infallible trick for taking the back of an opponent who insists on playing on top inside his…