What to look for in the 2017 Worlds’ black belt section

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Leandro Lo contra Michael Langhi, no Mundial 2013. Foto: Dan Rod/GRACIEMAG

Leandro Lo (in white) charges Michael Langhi’s guard at the 2013 Worlds. Dan Rod/GRACIEMAG

The 22nd BJJ Worlds begins this Thursday with blue- and white-belts going at it at the Walter Pyramid in California.

On the weekend, it will be time for the black-belts to step on the mats. Big names abound, including world champions like Marcus Buchecha, Bernardo Faria, Leandro Lo, André Galvão and Tarsis Humphreys, and former UFC fighters like Vinny Pezão. Romulo Barral, who retired last year, could not bear to just sit and watch — he’s back competing as a medium heavyweight. Gregor Gracie will be representing the family that started it all.

Find the complete schedule at IBJJF.org, and take a look next at our bets for the black belt divisions. Who do you think will come out ahead?

Men’s black belt

ROOSTER

Alliance Bruno Malfacine
AMBJJ Lucas Pinheiro
Brasa CTA Caio Terra
Qatar BJJ Rodnei Barbosa Gabriel Junior

LIGHT-FEATHER

Alliance Isaac Doederlein
Alliance International Carlos Holanda
Ares BJJ Samir Chantre
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Ary Farias
Brasa CTA Gabriel Marangoni
Brasa CTA Michael Musumeci
Caio Terra Association Kim Terra
Cicero Costha João Miyao
Cicero Costha José Tiago
Cicero Costha Hiago George

FEATHER

Alliance Gianni Grippo
Alliance Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles
Alliance SP Fabio Caloi
Ares BJJ Osvaldo “Queixinho” Moizinho
Brazilian Top Team Int. Leonardo “Cascão” Saggioro
Gracie Barra AJ Agazarm
Gracie Humaita Wellington “Megaton” Dias
Nova União Marcio André

LIGHT

Alliance Lucas Lepri
Alliance Michael Langhi
Alliance USA Johnny Tama
American Top Team Kevin Mahecha
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Michael Liera Jr.
Atos JJ International Caio Almeida
Bull-Terrier Bonsai Roberto Satoshi
CheckMat Gabriel Rollo
CheckMat Marcelo “Lapela” Mafra
Gracie Barra Edwin Najmi
Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Yan “Pica-Pau” Lucas
Ryan Gracie Team Celsinho Venicius
Start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Lucas Valle
Zenith BJJ Renato Canuto

MEDIUM

Alliance Isaque Bahiense Braz
Alliance International Jon Satava
GF Team Vinícius Marinho
GF Team International Jaime Canuto
GF Team International Victor Silvério
Gracie Barra Gabriel Arges
Gracie Barra Otavio Sousa
Gracie Barra JJ Magid Hage
Zenith BJJ Mansher Khera

BARBOSA JIU-JITSU Felipinho César

MIDDLE-HEAVY

Alliance Renato Cardoso
Alliance Tarsis Humphreys
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Andre Galvão
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa
CheckMat Thiago Sá
GF Team Patrick Gáudio
Gracie Barra Felipe Preguiça
Gracie Barra Rômulo Barral
Gracie Barra JJ Rodrigo “Pimpolho” Fajardo
Maromba Academia Kit Dale
Nova União Horlando Monteiro
Renzo Gracie Gregor Gracie
Soul Fighters BJJ Diogo “Moreno” Sampaio
Vitor Shaolin BJJ Romulo “Caju” Azevedo
Zenith BJJ Dillon Danis
ZR Team Association Charles Negromonte

HEAVY

Alliance Dimitrius Souza
Alliance International Matheus Diniz
Alliance International Nicholas Meregali
CheckMat Jackson Sousa
CheckMat Lucas Leite
CheckMat USA Adam Wardzinski
Ns Brotherhood Leandro Lo
Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Eduardo Inojosa
Soul Fighters BJJ Tanner Rice

SUPER-HEAVY

Alliance Bernardo Faria
Alliance Fernando Reis
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Erberth Santos
CheckMat Luiz Panza
Fight Sports Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu
Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Jared Dopp
Team Lloyd Irvin Mahamed Aly

ULTRA-HEAVY

Brasa CTA Carlos Farias
CheckMat Marcus Buchecha
GF Team Alexander Trans
Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu James Richard Puopolo
Soul Fighters BJJ João Gabriel Rocha
Team Lloyd Irvin Otávio “Tatá” Nalati
Vinny Magalhaes BJJ Vinny “Pezão” Magalhães
Zenith BJJ Rodrigo Cavaca

CheckMat Gabriel Lucas “Fedor”

Women’s black belt

ROOSTER

Attack JJ Team – Belém PA Rayanne Amanda Carmo dos Santos
Brasa CTA Outi Järvilehto
Flow Serena Gabrielli
Paraestra Shinagawa Rikako Yuasa

LIGHT-FEATHER

Alliance Talita Alencar
American Top Team Gezary Matuda
GF Team Thamires Aquino
Brasa CTA Kristina Barlaan
Fight Sports Sofia Rosa Amarante

FEATHER

Atos Jiu-Jitsu Bia Basilio
Gracie Humaita Mackenzie Dern
Gracie Humaita Ana Carolina Schmitt

LIGHT

Brasa CTA Tammi Musumeci
Gracie Humaita Bia Mesquita
Ns Brotherhood Luiza Monteiro
Elite Brazilian Jessica Cristina C. A. dos Santos
GF Team Laurah Hallock
Gracie Barra Fabiana Borges

MEDIUM

Alliance Monique Elias
GF Team Ana Carolina Vieira
Roger Gracie Norway Ida “Xuxu” Fløisvik
Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Nivia Moura
SBG Amanda Loewen

MIDDLE-HEAVY

Alliance Andresa Correa
Cicero Costha Internacional Nathiely de Jesus
Gracie Barra Jessica Flowers

HEAVY

De La Riva JJ Claudia Doval
Ns Brotherhood Talita Treta
Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Samela Shohamy
Striker JJ Fernanda Mazzelli

SUPER-HEAVY

Alliance Tayane Porfírio
Hilti BJJ Jyvaskyla Venla Luukkonen

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