Full fight: Rodolfo Vieira finishes to remain undefeated in MMA

A BJJ star in ascension in MMA, Rodolfo Vieira had another bout this Saturday. At ACB 88 in Australia, Rodolfo faced Jacob Holyman-Tague in a middleweight match and nearly saw his undefeated record go down the tubes right away. Even being a strong ground player, Holyman-Tague didn’t want to accept a jiu-jitsu confrontation. Before taking the fight to…



Video: The flying armbar that worked at the Salvador Open

Held last month, the Salvador International Fall Open was the season’s last tournament on Brazilian soil where fighters could score points towards the IBJJF rankings before the World Championship. With names like Claudio Calasans and Tayane Porfírio competing, one little-known featherweight stole the scene. Henrique Gomes (ZR Team) attacked fast to secure a win over Caio Rigante (Alliance)…



The time Graciemag interviewed Anthony Bourdain about BJJ, traveling and food

Anthony Bourdain sadly left us at the age of 61, earlier this month. Known for his antics in the kitchen and for being an avid BJJ practitioner, the world-famous chef will be missed. Graciemag had the pleasure to chat with the proud blue-belt for its 228th issue. Here is that interview. GRACIEMAG: How was the…



Worlds: Tayane Porfírio’s goal before she hangs it up

Reigning supreme in the women’s section for the second straight year, Tayane Porfírio took part in the 2018 IBJJF Worlds, which ended June 3rd, with another perfect run. The Alliance Rio member again went home with double gold. But this time, there was another enemy lurking. After a complicated start to the season, with three…



Inside absolute king Leandro Lo’s shoulder injury

“Leandro warrior, Leandro warrior!” chanted Leandro Lo’s fans at the most dramatic moment of the 2018 BJJ World Championship this Sunday, when there was the expectation that despite his shoulder injury, he would come back — for the second time — to his battle with Mahamed Aly. But Lo didn’t return, and had to settle for the…



2018 Worlds: ADCC breakout wins blue belt absolute

This Thursday marked the start of the most highly anticipated event of the BJJ season. The IBJJF World Championship, which this year returned to the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, on its first day featured the most competitive blue-belts on the planet. Elisabeth Clay, an Alaska native, caught the crowd’s eye. Not long ago, at…



2018 World Championship brackets released

The 2018 IBJJF World Championship is really close now. The action will start taking place at Long Beach’s Walter Pyramid this Wednesday. The adult black-belts will start competing on Saturday, but the brackets the eventual champions will get through have already been defined by the federation. While many athletes look forward to such lists to…



Truck drivers’ strike delays Gramado International Pro, more

The truck drivers’ strike which has been wreaking havoc in traffic across many roads in Brazil, and interfering with the distribution of goods like food and gas, has caused the postponement of X-Combat World Cup BJJ Pro, an event initially slated to take place next Saturday in Vitória, Espírito Santo. “The strike kept us from arriving…