Jackson Sousa and Michelle Nicolini win double gold at No-Gi Pan

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Jackson Sousa with his super-heavyweight and absolute bling.

The Brazilian nationals were not alone this weekend as the only big no-gi event, as the Pan IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship took place in New York on Sept. 30.

In the end, two Checkmat representatives had taken double gold.

Men
Riding some momentum from his bronze campaign at the ADCC Worlds, Jackson Sousa first beat Eliot Kelly (Yamaso BJJ) in the super-heavyweight final, and then bested Diego Ramalho (ZR Team) in the open division.

Checkmat closed out the women’s absolute.

Women
Michelle Nicolini bagged gold at lightweight as she defeated Jéssica Santos (Elite BJJ Redmond). Then she and middleweight champion Catherine Perret both made it past the absolute semifinals to close it out for Checkmat.


We also had João Miyao (Cícero Costha) topping the light featherweight podium, Gianni Grippo (Alliance) beating the featherweight field, and Renato Canuto (Zenith BJJ) nabbing gold at lightweight.

Read on to see who made the podium of each division.

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Rooster

1 – Lucas dos Santos Pinheiro – AMBJJ – Alex Martins Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
2 – Ronald Stephen Henderson Jr. – CheckMat

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light-Feather

1 – João Ricardo Bordignon Miyao – PSLPB Cicero Costha
2 – Eduardo Barboza da Silva – GF Team
3 – Adam Paul Ferrara – GF Team
3 – Rodrigo da Costa Oliveira – Fight Sports

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Feather

1 – Gianni Paul Grippo – Alliance
2 – Shane Jamil Hill-Taylor – Team Lloyd Irvin
3 – Nicolas Jean Paul Renier – GF Team
3 – Silvio Duran de Barros Saraiva – Vitor Shaolin BJJ

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light

1 – Renato Forasieppi Alves Canuto – Zenith BJJ – Las Vegas
2 – Frederico Augusto Alves Silva – Alliance
3 – Alexandre Faria Molinaro – Carlson Gracie Team
3 – Francisco Daniel Pires Tavares – SAS Team USA

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Middle

1 – Dante Leon – GF Team
2 – Eduardo Rios – Frontline Academy
3 – Joshua Aaron Bacallao – Academia Jiu-Jitsu
3 – Tyler Benjamin Steppe – Alliance

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Medium-Heavy

1 – Lucas Rocha de Freitas – ZR Team California
2 – Jonathan T. Satava – Alliance
3 – Diego Dias Ramalho – ZR Team California
3 – Vinicius P. Canabarro – RCJ Machado

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Heavy

1 – Thomas Alban Jules Loubersanes – Cercle Tissier
2 – Todd Brandon Mueckenheim – Soca BJJ
3 – Diego Gamonal Nogueira – Brazilian Top Team

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Super-Heavy

1 – Jackson Sousa dos Santos – CheckMat
2 – Eliot Andrew Kelly – Yemaso Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Ultra-Heavy

1 – Aaron Michael Johnson – Unity Jiu-jitsu
2 – Matthew W Leighton – Bonsai JJ – Chicago
3 – Oleksandr Karliychuk – Renzo Gracie Academy

 

BLACK / Adult / Male / Open Class

1 – Jackson Sousa dos Santos – CheckMat
2 – Diego Dias Ramalho – ZR Team California
3 – Dustin Baradaran Akbari – Cassio Werneck BJJ
3 – Joshua Aaron Bacallao – Academia Jiu-Jitsu

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Feather

1 – Amanda Monteiro Nogueira – GF Team
2 – Patrícia Maria N. Fontes dos Santos – CheckMat
3 – Ana Talita de Oliveira Alencar – Alliance Los Angeles
3 – Fiona M. Watson – Fight Club Jiu Jitsu

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Light

1 – Michelle Zonato Nicolini – CheckMat
2 – Jessica Cristina C. A. dos Santos – Elite Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Redmond
3 – Aarae Alexander – Team Lloyd Irvin

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Middle

1 – Catherine Fuhro Perret – CheckMat
2 – Anna Sophia Maria Nordenö – Hilti Fight Center
3 – Renata Marinho Moreira – Alliance

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Super-Heavy

1 – Alison Victoria Tremblay – Brazilian Top Team

 

BLACK / Adult / Female / Open Class

1 – Michelle Zonato Nicolini – CheckMat
2 – Catherine Fuhro Perret – CheckMat
3 – Alison Victoria Tremblay – Brazilian Top Team
3 – Jessica Cristina C. A. dos Santos – Elite Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Redmond

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