IBJJF Worlds 2019: Here’s the top talent signed up at black belt

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Bruno Malfacine. Ivan Trindade/GRACIEMAG

It’s time for the Walter Pyramid to shake! The 2019 IBJJF World Championship, set to take place between May 30 and June 2, is a historic one even before the first pair of fighters steps on the mat. For the first time since the inception of the federation, the biggest BJJ event worldwide will be offering cash prizes to its main stars.

And, as expected, all of the strongest fighters of the current generation, plus some relentless veterans, will be in the running for prizes up to ten thousand dollars. Men’s and women’s divisions have never been this packed with talent, so we gave the sign-up sheets a good look to bring you the names to watch.

Our opinion is that the men’s roosterweight division will be exceptionally competitive, with Bruno Malfacine, a ten-time world champion, having chosen to unretire, and Michael Musumeci, a two-time light featherweight champion, crashing Bruno’s division at the last minute. And that’s before we mention two-time champions Caio Terra and Omar Salum, and Felipe Costa, who is also a world champion. Whew.

Elsewhere, world champions like Paulo Miyao, Shane Hill-Taylor, Lucas Lepri, Michael Langhi, Isaque Bahiense, Claudio Calasans, Gabriel Arges, Otávio Sousa, Felipe Preguiça, Leandro Lo, Nicholas Meregali, Mahamed Aly, Rodrigo Cavaca and Marcus Buchecha, as well as Rikako Yuasa, Talita Alencar, Gezary Matuda, Amanda Monteiro, Karen Antunes, Ana Carolina Schmitt, Bia Mesquita, Ana Carolina Vieira, Luanna Alzuguir, Talita Treta, Nathiely de Jesus Fernanda Mazzelli and Claudia Do Val, will be vying for more gold in California. And, of course, there are throngs of brilliant athletes seeking to claim the biggest glory in BJJ for the first time in their lives.

Below is our complete list of standouts. Be sure to let us know who you think can win in the weight divisions and in the absolute.

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MEN

ROOSTER

Alliance Bruno Malfacine
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Cleber “Clandestino”
Brasa Felipe Costa
Brasa CTA Caio Terra
Brasa CTA Tomoyuki Hashimoto
Caio Terra Association Michael Musumeci
GF Team Bebeto Oliveira
Gracie Humaita Omar Salum
Qatar BJJ Rodnei Junior
Soul Fighters BJJ David Herrera Junior
Tri-Force Jiu-Jitsu Koji Shibamoto
Tri-Force Jiu-Jitsu Nobuhiro Sawada

LIGHT FEATHER

Atos Jiu-Jitsu Pablo Mantovani Dutra
Cicero Costha Internacional Hiago George
Cicero Costha Internacional João Miyao
Cicero Costha Internacional José Tiago
Cicero Costha Internacional Paulo Miyao
GF Team Fernando de Jesus
Nova União Alexssandro Sodré
ZR Team Association Gabriel Sousa

FEATHER

Alliance Gianni Grippo
Alliance Isaac Doederlein
Alliance International João Paulo Neto
Alliance Los Angeles Kennedy Maciel
Ares BJJ Osvaldo “Quexinho” Moizinho
Ares BJJ Samir Chantre
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Rafael Mansur
Brazilian Top Team Int. Leonardo “Cascão” Saggioro
CheckMat Matheus Gabriel
Nova União Marcio Andre
Qatar BJJ Brasil Luciano Queiroz
Team Lloyd Irvin Shane Jamil Hill-Taylor

LIGHT

Alliance Lucas Lepri
Alliance Michael Langhi
Alliance International Jhonny Loureiro
Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Victor Genovesi
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Leonardo Lara
CheckMat Renato Canuto
CT MR Ygor Rodrigues
Easton BJJ John Combs
GF Team Jacob Williams Mackenzie
Gracie Barra Victor Silverio Santos
Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Yan “Pica-Pau”
Unity Jiu-jitsu Levi Jones-Leary
ZR Team Lucas Rocha

MIDDLE

Alliance Isaque Bahiense
Alliance Marcos Tinoco
Atos Jiu-Jitsu JT Torres
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Michael Liera Jr.
Atos JJ International Claudio Calasans
Atos JJ USA Rodrigo Caporal
GF Team Dante Leon
GF Team Jaime Canuto
Gracie Barra Gabriel Arges
Gracie Barra Otavio Sousa
Gracie Barra JJ Servio Tulio
KMR BJJ KIMURA Tommy Langaker
R1NG BJJ Lucas Valle
Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ Manuel Ribamar
Soul Fighters BJJ Hugo Marques
Team Lloyd Irvin DJ Jackson
Unity Jiu-jitsu Felipinho Cesar

MEDIUM HEAVY

Alliance Matheus Diniz
Alliance Renato Cardoso
Alliance International Matheus Spirandeli
Alliance International Tarsis Humphreys
Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Matheus Godoy
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Gustavo Batista
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa
Brasa CTA Rudson Mateus
CheckMat Gabriel “Todd” Almeida
Gracie Barra Felipe “Preguiça” Pena
Soul Fighters BJJ Ruan Oliveira
Unity Jiu-jitsu Devhonte Johnson
Unity Jiu-jitsu Murilo Santana

HEAVY

Alliance Dimitrius Souza
Alliance Vinicius “Trator” Ferreira
Alliance International Fernando Reis
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Kaynan Duarte
BJJ Globetrotters Keenan Cornelius
CheckMat Adam Wardzinski
CheckMat Arnaldo Maidana
CheckMat Jackson Sousa
GF Team Patrick Gaudio
Gracie Barra Fellipe Trovo
Ns Brotherhood Gerard Labinski
Ns Brotherhood Leandro Lo
Team Lloyd Irvin Tim Spriggs

SUPER-HEAVY

Alliance Nicholas Meregali
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Helton Jose Junior
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Rafael Vasconcelos
CheckMat Luiz Panza
GF Team Gutemberg Pereira
Ns Brotherhood Igor “Tigrão” Schneider
Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu James Puopolo
Soul Fighters BJJ Tanner Rice
Team Lloyd Irvin Mahamed Aly
Yemaso JJ Eliot Kelly
Zenith BJJ Fellipe Andrew
Zenith BJJ Rodrigo Cavaca

ULTRA-HEAVY

CheckMat Marcus Almeida “Buchecha”
GF Team Max Gimenis
GF Team Ricardo Evangelista
Qatar BJJ Victor Honório
Soul Fighters BJJ João Gabriel Rocha
Team Lloyd Irvin Duzão Lopes
Team Lloyd Irvin Otavio Nalati

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WOMEN

ROOSTER

Flow Serena Gabrielli
GF Team Mayssa Bastos
GF Team Thamires Aquino
Paraestra Shinagawa Rikako Yuasa

LIGHT FEATHER

Alliance Talita Alencar
American Top Team Gezary Matuda
Brasa CTA Kristina Barlaan
Brasa CTA Tammi Musumeci
GF Team Amanda Monteiro

FEATHER

Atos Jiu-Jitsu Bia Basilio
CheckMat Karen Antunes
ECJJA Ffion Davies
Gracie Humaita Larissa Campos Carvalho
Nova União Ana Carolina Schmitt

LIGHT

Alliance International Erin Herle
Alliance International Mayra Mazza
CheckMat Catherine Perret
Gracie Humaita Bia Mesquita
Gracie Humaita Gabrielle McComb

MIDDLE

Alliance Renata Marinho
Brazil 021 Hannette Staack
CheckMat Raquel Canuto
CheckMat Samantha Cook
GF Team Ana Carolina Vieira
Soul Fighters BJJ Jessica Swanson

MEDIUM HEAVY

Alliance Luanna Alzuguir
Atos Jiu-Jitsu Luiza Monteiro
GF Team Rafaela Bertolot
Gracie Barra Andressa Cintra
Ryan Gracie Team Sábatha Laís

HEAVY

Mako Team Paris Claire-France Thevenon
Ns Brotherhood Talita “Treta” Nogueira
Qatar BJJ Brasil Izadora Cristina
Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ Nathiely de Jesus
Striker JJ Fernanda Mazzelli

SUPER-HEAVY

Atos Jiu-Jitsu Nivia Moura
Brazilian Top Team Alison Tremblay
De La Riva JJ Claudia do Val
Gracie Barra Jessica Flowers
Hilti Akademi Nord Venla Luukonen

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