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With the brackets up, we now can play with the possibilities for each weight division of the black belt.
We’ll try to guess which are the most probable finals for each one of the divisions.
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Most probable final: Bruno Malfacine vs. João Miyao
Without Caio Terra, it’s unlikely that any other athlete will be able to prevent a repetition of last year’s final.
Most probable final: Paulo Miyao vs. Samir Chantre
It’s an open division with the absence of Guilherme Mendes. Paulo Miyao has all the tools to repeat a spot in the final. On the other side, Samir may have an edge, but it’s going to be tough.
Most probable final: Rafael Mendes vs. Rubens Cobrinha
The two four-time champions are the favorites. Rafael will have to fight all the way into the semifinal, while Cobrinha may have the relief of meeting teammate Gianni Grippo in the semifinals.
Most probable final: Lucas Lepri vs. JT Torres
Reigning champion Lepri should meet newcomer Michael Liera Jr. or Gabriel Rollo in one semifinal while JT should make the other semifinal with Michael Langhi.
Most probable final: Otavio Sousa vs. Victor Estima
Otavio has a relatively less bumpier way to the final, possibly meeting known rival Vitor Oliveira in the semifinal, or newcomer Jonathan Satava. On the other side, Estima and Calasans Jr. should clash for the other spot in the final.
Most probable final: Gustavo Campos vs. Leandro Lo
Leandro Lo’s decision to move up to medium-heavy apparently made Atos decide that Keenan Cornelius needed to also move up, competing in the heavyweight division. Even without his teammate, Guto Campos is still a favorite for the final. Lo has proven before that he has all the tools to make it all the way in any division he decides to compete.
Most probable final: Alexandre Ribeiro vs. Keenan Cornelius
It’s probably the most difficult division of all to predict the final. Xande and Jackson Sousa are the favorites on one side. Keenan, Lucas Leite and Tim Spriggs will fight for the other spot in the final.
Most probable final: Bernardo Faria vs. Yuri Simões
Faria should have some relative smooth sailing on his side of the bracket. Yuri and newcomer Erberth Santos should battle for the other spot.
Most probable final: Marcus Buchecha vs. Alex Trans
Buchecha should not have a lot of trouble here. On the other side, Trans and Leo Nogueira will fight for the spot to fight the reigning champion.
Most probable final: Gezary Matuda vs. Laurence Cousin
Most probable final: Mackenzie Dern vs. Michelle Nicolini
Most probable final: Beatriz Mesquita vs. Angelica Galvão
Most probable final: Luanna Alzuguir vs. Monique Elias
Most probable final: Andressa Correa vs. Ana Laura Cordeiro
Most probable final: Dominyka Obelenyte vs. Vanessa do Nascimento
Most probable final: Talita Nogueira vs. Venla Luukkonen