Bellator champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane’s finishing style

On June 29th, Bellator will hold its 201st edition in Temecula, and a Hawaiian with good BJJ skills will be featured in the main event. Flyweight champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane’s mission is to defend her undefeated MMA record against Alejandra Lara. Besides the Bellator belt, MacFarlane has on her résumé a no-gi title from EBI Jiu-Jitsu, Eddie Bravo’s promotion.…



Worlds: Where can brown-belt king Kaynan Duarte go? Galvão analyzes.

At his year’s IBJJF World Championship, no brown-belt soared higher than the unstoppable Kaynan Duarte. The Atos fighter scored double gold and was promoted by André Galvão right after clenching the absolute. His performance prompted us to ask Galvão about what we can expect to see from Kaynan in the coming months and years. Here’s what he told…



Charles do Bronx’s precise guillotine at UFC 225

On a night of plenty of work for the judges, with eight out of 13 fights ending in decisions, one Brazilian fighter was the exception as he performed a beautiful submission. At UFC 225, held this Saturday in Chicago, Charles do Bronx displayed the power of his BJJ against the veteran Clay Guida. Having had little more…



Worlds: Keenan Cornelius’s dramatic semifinal loss analyzed

Last weekend at the IBJJF Worlds, the semifinal round of the men’s heavyweight division saw a last-second move bring the bitter taste of defeat to the American Keenan Cornelius of Atos. In a very competitive duel with Patrick Gáudio (GFTeam) that Keenan was leading on advantages with a 4-4 score on points, Keenan had his foot attacked…



Buchecha vs. Lo, Tayane vs. Nathiely in Worlds’ absolute finals

Long Beach’s Walter Pyramid nearly came crumbling down on the third day of the 2018 BJJ Worlds, this Saturday. With the adult black belt divisions kicking off, the world’s top fighters went head to head in matches that already have their place in history. Neither of the two men favorite to fight for absolute gold…



Bernardo Faria confirms retirement. See who else is skipping the Worlds.

With the lists and brackets defined for another edition of the IBJJF Worlds, our readers noticed the absence of a few names, and we went after some answers. Our investigation turned up some breaking news: Absent from the super-heavyweight contest, 2015 absolute champion Bernardo Faria (Alliance) has confirmed to Graciemag that he does not intend…



Erberth, Tayane, Gracie Barra, Alliance top IBJJF rankings

With the impendence of the BJJ Worlds — the event that kicks off the scorekeeping for a new season, — the IBJJF has published its list of champions for the 2017/2018 season concerning male and female black-belts, teams, and the Grand Slam (Worlds, Euros, Pan and Brazilian Championship). Erberth Santos (Esquadrão de Jiu-Jitsu Brasileiro) topped the…



Espen Mathiesen’s swift choke at the Zurich Open

A lightweight who is qualified and signed up for the IBJJF Worlds, Norway’s Espen Mathiesen last Saturday fought in his final tournament before traveling to California. The Zurich Open found in Espen its lightweight champion. To get to the title, the athlete from Kimura Norway had to use his elastic guard against Nicolas Penzer. After tangling up his…