The European BJJ Championship, which is now in full swing until Jan. 22 in Odivelas, Portugal, already produced a few surprises in its first couple of days. One standout so far is Thalison Soares, who’s being called “little Miyao.” The blue-belt under Cícero Costa became light featherweight champion. Another standout was featherweight blue-belt champion Yaroslav Blazhko, of ZR Team Association.
At purple, Brad Johnston became roosterweight champion. The student under Guilherme and Rafael Mendes had a repeat performance following his 2016 blue belt roosterweight title.
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Kenney Maciel, one of the purple belt favorites and son of four-time world champion Rubens Charles, ended up being eliminated right off the bat by William Nunes in the lightweight division. Nunes scored 2-0.
Click here and check out the results so far, and see below a photo gallery by website Guardeiros and photographer Luis Lopes.