The registration period for the 2014 Pan is closed now.
Check day is next Saturday and until then it is possible that some of the names that are on the list change weight divisions
Anyway, it is already perfectly possible to predict another amazing five days of Jiu-Jitsu on March 12-16.
Saturday and Sunday, when the black belts will be in action have all the ingredients to be epic.
We took a look in the list of registered athletes and decided to highlight the main attractions division per division.
Roosterweight – Without Bruno Malfacine and Caio Terra, the division is wide open. Fabio Passos, Koji Shibamoto, Milton Bastos are among the favorites for the gold medal.
Lightfeather – It’s Miyao Bros country. João and Paulo will compete for the first time in the Pan as back belts. Rafael Freitas is in to spoil the fraternal party.
Featherweight – Gianni Grippo, Isaque Paiva, Mario Reis, Osvaldo Moizinho, Samir Chantre, Justin Rader are just a few of the names running for the gold medal.
Lightweight – In a star-studded division, Lucas Lepri and Michael Langhi stand out of the crowd, but they’ll have a path as hard as it gets on the way to the top of the podium. AJ Agazarm, Philipe Della Monica, Rodrigo Freitas, JT Torres, Nathan Mendelsohn are just some of the obstacles for the Alliance duo.
Middleweight – It’s a Worlds-like division. Two-time world champion, Otavio Sousa wants the title he couldn’t get the last two years. In order to do that, he’ll have to pass by 2013’s champion Clark Gracie, Vitor Oliveira, Marcelo Lapela and Victor Estima. Leandro Lo, also a favorite, is listed, but he could go down to lightweight.
Medium-heavy – It’s kind of a Atos JJ division. Last year’s finalists Andre Galvão and Guto Campos are joined by phenomenon Keenan Cornelius in his first Pan as a black belt. Murilo Santana, Renato Cardoso, Felipe Pena and DJ Jackson are in to break the Atos favoritism.
Heavyweight – Jackson Sousa and Yuri Simões want to repeat the 2014 European final, but now they have the company of Lucas Leite, Alex Ceconi, Rafael Lovato Jr and Roberto Tussa, among others.
Superheavy – Bernardo Faria stands out in the division. James Puopolo, Luiz Panza amd Guybson Sá are also in the mix.
Ultraheavy – Alex Trans arrives in Irvine with the two gold medals he won in the 2014 European. Abraham Messina is also registered and can do some damage. Oddly enough, Caio Terra is listed here, and we don’tt know what that means.
Mackenzie Dern is back after a serious knee injury. Bia Mesquita, Penny Thomas, Luiza Monteiro, Talita Nogueira, Andressa Correa and Tammy Griego are the other big names of the division.
Now that you know what to expect, hurry and buy the PPV for the 2014 Pan.
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