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Elisabeth Clay Exuberantes Talent At NoGi Worlds And Henrique Ceconi Conquers Double Gold

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DECEMBER 12, 2022, Anaheim Convention Center, California, USA. The final big tournament of the year is now over, in it, the sport crowned its International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) world champions in the no-gi variant of jiu-jitsu.  As expected, the tournament gathered some of the very best grapplers in the sport and below is our report on the action that took place this weekend in the adult black belt category.

MALE ROOSTERWEIGHT

A brilliant campaign by Osamah Almarwai who submitted Cicero Costha’s Henrique Rossi and defeated AOJ’s Coco Izzy on his way to the final match, where he became the first-ever IBJJF adult black belt world champion from the country of Yemen. On the opposite side of the bracket, Brazil’s Roiter Lima beat one of the biggest stars of the division, Estevan Martinez, in a very close clash. In the division’s decider match Gracie Barra’s Lima played well against “Osa” of team Atos, going footlock for footlock, but ended up short on the advantages.

1/4 FINALS
– Coco Izutsu def. Nobuhiro Sawada via 2×2 pts, 4×1 adv
Estevan Martinez def. Tadiyah Danforth via decision
Roiter Lima def. Denis Beenen via kneebar
Osamah Almarwai def. Henrique Rossi via straight ankle lock

SEMI-FINALS
Roiter Lima def. Estevan Martinez via 6×6 pts, 3×1 adv
Osamah Almarwai def. Coco Izutsu via 6×4

FINAL
– Osamah Almarwai def. Roiter Lima via 0x0 pts, 3×2 adv

MALE LIGHT FEATHERWEIGHT

A flawless performance by Lucas Pinheiro this weekend, despite having, arguably, the toughest run to the final. Tactical but not defensive, Pinheiro opted to pull guard against the masterful bottom player Tomoyuki Hashimoto, taking that win with a well-timed wrestle-up sweep, going on to dominate leg-locker extraordinaire, Junny Ocasio. In the final, a more measured performance, but a worthy winner nonetheless versus GF Team’s Oliveira.

1/4 FINALS
Lucas Pinheiro def. Tomoyuki Hashimoto via 2×0
– Bebeto Oliveira def. David Terao via Toe hold
Junny Ocasio def. Leonardo Souza via Aoki lock
Cleber Sousa def. Willis Nunes via 2×0

SEMI-FINALS
Lucas Pinheiro def. Junny Ocasio via 7×0
– Bebeto Oliveira def. Cleber Sousa via 2×0

FINAL
Lucas Pinheiro def. Bebeto Oliveira via 0x0 pts, 2×0 adv

MALE FEATHERWEIGHT

A superb run to the finals by both Corbe and Grippo, who had nothing but wars all weekend. Gavin, in particular, had a very interesting match against veteran Adam Benayoun with exciting leg attacks exchanged between both players in one of the most fun clashes of the weekend.

Veteran Grippo was able to go toe-to-toe against the leg-attacking specialist, Corbe in the final. Fighting the Standard JJ team rookie in the pocket, exchanging 50/50 and saddle positions in a high IQ match won by Grippo.

1/4 FINALS
Daniel Maira def. Ashley Williams via decision
– Anthony Oliveira def. Thomas Halpin via 14×0
Gianni Grippo def. Emilio Hernandez via RNC
– Gavin Corbe def. Adam Benayoun via decision

SEMI-FINALS
Gianni Grippo def. Anthony Oliveira via Katagatame
– Gavin Corbe def. Daniel Maira via 2×2 pts, 4×3 adv

FINAL
Gianni Grippo def. Gavin Corbe via 8×6

MALE LIGHTWEIGHT

A world-class effort by Dante Leon, who submitted 3 on his way to the final without breaking a sweat. In the final, Leon met rookie Dream Art black belt, Carlos Henrique, whom BJJ Heroes wrote about earlier as one of the main debuts in the division at the No-Gi Worlds (check article here) who had a very promising tournament, beating solid names of the division.

Despite Henrique’s incredible resilience and courage in the closing lightweight match, Canada’s Dante was in the driver’s seat throughout the clash, taking out the newcomer with a well-timed sweep off of an attack from Carlos from the top position.

1/4 FINALS
Deandre Corbe def. Danilo Moreira via 4×2
– Ellis Younger def. Kieran Kichuk via 9×4
Dante Leon def. Gabriel Ferreira via RNC
– Carlos Henrique def. Jonata Gomes via 2×0

SEMI-FINALS
Dante Leon def. Deandre Corbe via RNC
– Carlos Henrique def. Ellis Younger via 2×0

FINAL
Dante Leon def. Carlos Henrique via 2×0

MALE MIDDLEWEIGHT

Very similar game planning throughout the tournament for both Andy Murasaki (Atos) and Igor Feliz (R1NG), two stocky and explosive grapplers who played well from top and bottom and were seldomly in any danger, both cruising through their side of the brackets without suffering one single point all the way to the closing clash.

For the final, Murasaki opted to play bottom where he – despite being a lifelong gi player – applied a beautiful heel-hook submission off of a 50-50/false reap entry that caught most people off guard, including Feliz.

1/4 FINALS
Igor Feliz def. Johnny Tama via decision
John Combs def. Francisco Cuneo via RNC
Italo Moura def. Marcus Queiroz via 2×0
Andy Murasaki def. Eduardo Avelar via injury

SEMI-FINALS
Igor Feliz def. John Combs via 4×0
Andy Murasaki def. Italo Moura via 4×0

FINAL
Andy Murasaki def. – Igor Feliz via inside heel hook

MALE MEDIUM-HEAVYWEIGHT

Two very different paths toward the final from Seba Rodriguez (Unity) and Jonnatas Gracie (Atos). Sebastian with tons of flair and an aggressive and more mobile game versus Gracie’s ungodly top pressure, Jonnatas who was, undoubtedly, one of the strongest men in the tournament, despite the evident knee injury he nursed through the event.

The final installment of the medium-heavyweight division saw very much of what the fans expected. Jonnatas applying his top pressure game and Sebastian working from the bottom, looking for openings to get underneath the solid frame of Gracie.

1/4 FINALS
Bruno Matias def. David Garmo via arm-in guillotine
Sebastian Rodriguez def. Miha Perhavec via armbar
Felipe Cesar def. Thiago Luiz via decision
Jonnatas Gracie def. Francisco Lo via 9×0

SEMI-FINALS
Sebastian Rodriguez def. Bruno Matias via decision
Jonnatas Gracie def. Felipe Cesar via decision

FINAL
Jonnatas Gracie def. Sebastian Rodriguez via3x2

MALE HEAVYWEIGHT

Another gritty performance by veteran Vagner Rocha and another submission-oriented one for Andre Porfirio, two opposed styles of competing that appear to reap excellent benefits for team Fight Sports.

1/4 FINALS
Andre Porfirio def. Pedro Rocha via DQ
Santeri Lilius def. Alejandro Tolmos via 4×0
Vagner Rocha def. Bryan Peterson via toe hold
Charles Negromonte def. Devhonte Johnson via decision

SEMI-FINALS
Andre Porfirio def. Santeri Lilius via kneebar
Vagner Rocha def. Charles Negromonte via 0x0 pts, 2×1 adv

FINAL
Team mates Rocha and Porfirio closed the final for Fight Sports.

MALE SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT

Among the tournament’s top performers were, undoubtedly, Fellipe Trovo and Henrique “Ceconi” Cardoso. Trovo (Atos) had 3 matches to reach the final, submitting every opponent with an aggressive and crowd-pleasing style with which he took out two of the biggest names on the international circuit in Diego Ramalho (ZRT) and Adam Wardzinski (Checkmat).

On the other side of the bracket was Henrique “Ceconi”, a powerful and scrambly competitor with one of the best wrestling outputs in the tournament. On Saturday, Ceconi was on fire in the open weight division, but still showed plenty of gas in the tank for his weight class.

The final was an even affair won by Henrique due to an illegal escape off of a takedown by Henrique, which granted a 2-point penalty for the KMKZ team member.

1/4 FINALS
Fellipe Trovo def. Diego Ramalho via RNC
Adam Wardzinski def. Lucasz Michalec via 16×0
– Felipe Costa def. Elliot Kelly via Triangle
Henrique Cardoso def. Freddy Vosgrone via 7×2

SEMI-FINALS
Fellipe Trovo def. Adam Wardzinski via toe hold
Henrique Cardoso def. Felipe Costa via 4×0

FINAL
Henrique Cardoso def. Fellipe Trovo via 2×0

MALE ULTRA HEAVYWEIGHT

Roosevelt Sousa proved to be one of the most entertaining athletes in the tournament but ended up being stopped by the supreme technician, Victor Hugo of team Six Blades, who worked mainly from his back throughout the tournament.

Hugo’s fellow finalist, Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu put an incredible pace on his opponents, obliterating their guards from a passing stance and achieving very high numbers on the scoreboard. Against Victor, however, Roberto came out with a very different game plan. Vastly more tactical/defensive in this posture, a gamesmanship which many would place well over the stalling line. The referees did award 2 penalties throughout the 10 minutes but failed to award a third (match-defining) stalling call.

1/4 FINALS
Roosevelt Sousa def. Antonio Assef via 5×0
Roberto Abreu def. Austin Baker via 39×0
– John Hansen def. Davi Cabral via 10×0
Victor Hugo def. Daniel Schuardt via 12×0

SEMI-FINALS
Roberto Abreu def. John Hansen via katagatame
Victor Hugo def. Roosevelt Sousa via decision

FINAL
Roberto Abreu def. Victor Hugo via 2×0

MALE OPEN WEIGHT

A glorious day for Henrique “Ceconi” Cardoso who dominated both the super-heavy and the open weight class with a fun, and aggressive grappling game, heavily reliant on solid takedowns from standing and a dangerous wrestle-up game from the bottom. Although a tough final against Roberto Cyborg was expected, the veteran black belt, leader of Fight Sports was forced to forfeit his claim to the open weight title after he suffered an injury in the final of the ultra-heavyweight final, thus making Henrique Cardoso the 2022 undisputed IBJJF World No-Gi Champion.

1/4 FINALS
Victor Hugo def. Francisco Cuneo via short choke
Roberto Abreu def. Michael Perez via 15×0
– Roosevelt Sousa def. Francisco Lo via 8×0
Henrique Cardoso def. Hunter Colvin via 11×0

SEMI-FINALS
– Henrique Cardoso def. Roosevelt Sousa via decision
Roberto Abreu def. Victor Hugo via 0x0 pts, 1×0 adv

FINAL
Henrique Cardoso wins via WO as Roberto Abreu was unable to compete.

FEMALE ROOSTER

Once rivals in the colored belt divisions, Aquino and Gregorut are now, officially, rivals again. Giulia’s debut at a major event was, as expected, very entertaining despite the loss to Atos’ Jhenifer, who was equally ferocious in her performance this weekend.

1/4 FINALS
(not applicable)

SEMI-FINALS
– Jhenifer Aquino def. Mariana Rolszt via kimura
– Giulia Gregorut def. Amber Freitas via power-guillotine

FINAL
– Jhenifer Aquino def. Giulia Gregorut via 2×2 pts, 2×1 adv

FEMALE LIGHT-FEATHERWEIGHT

Alex Nguyen cements her status as the #1 light-featherweight athlete in the sport after her second no-gi title at a major IBJJF tournament. Alex, of Standard Jiu-Jitsu, dominated her opponents from post to post this weekend. We hope to see this young athlete compete often next year.

1/4 FINALS
– Andreza Morais def. Elizabeth Cornejo via toe hold
– Other semi-finalists advanced via WO

SEMI-FINALS
– Alex Nguyen def. Andreza Morais via inside heel hook
– Jessica Crane def. Nina Navid via 4×2

FINAL
– Alex Nguyen def. Jessica Crane via RNC

FEMALE FEATHERWEIGHT

Another brilliant performance by veteran Tammi Musumeci, who conquered yet again an important medal for her vast curriculum, cementing her name as one of the best female featherweights of all time in our sport.

1/4 FINALS
– Alex Enriquez def. Amanda Alequin via 0x0 pts, 2×0 adv
– Jasmine Rocha def. Juliana Gassaway via triangle
– Tammi Musumeci def. Sheliah Lindsey via advantages
– Ashley Bendle advanced via WO

SEMI-FINALS
– Jasmine Rocha def. Alex Enriquez via straight ankle lock
– Tammi Musumeci def. Ashley Bendle via RNC

FINAL
– Tammi Musumeci def. Jasmine Rocha via RNC

FEMALE LIGHTWEIGHT

Brianna Ste-Marie won the first gold medal of the day for Canada, competing just a couple of hours before her countryman, Dante Leon earned his own lightweight gold medal in the female division. Much like Dante, Ste-Marie dominated her division with all out submissions, playing mostly from top half guard.

1/4 FINALS
– Claire North def. Margot Ciccarelli via inside heel hook
– Brianna Ste-Marie def. Erin Johnson via Darce choke
– Janine Mutton def. Morgan Black via 4×2
– Nikki Sullivan advanced via WO

SEMI-FINALS
– Brianna Ste-Marie def. Claire North via guillotine
– Nikki Sullivan def. Janine Mutton via kneebar

FINAL
– Brianna Ste-Marie def. Nikki Sullivan via katagatame

FEMALE MIDDLEWEIGHT

There aren’t enough adjectives to describe Elisabeth Clay’s double gold performance this weekend. Absolutely flawless. An onslaught of forward-moving jiu-jitsu with beautiful submissions to boot.

1/4 FINALS
Elisabeth Clay def. Fernanda Figueiredo via outside heel hook
– Rachel Ranschau def. Joanna Dineva via 7×0
– Julia Maele advanced via WO
– Vannessa Griffin advanced via WO

SEMI-FINALS
Elisabeth Clay def. Rachel Ranschau via inside heel hook
– Vannessa Griffin def. Julia Maele via kimura

FINAL
Elisabeth Clay def. Vannessa Griffin via RNC

FEMALE MEDIUM HEAVYWEIGHT

Zenith’s Amy Campo was the big favorite in the division for good reason. A dominant performance by the young black belt who also reached the final of the open-weight.

1/4 FINALS
– Melissa Cueto def. Bridget McEliece via RNC
– Amy Campo def. Elizabeth Mitrovic via 7×0
– Ane Svendsen advanced via WO
– Márcia Ramos advanced via WO

SEMI-FINALS
– Melissa Cueto def. Márcia Ramos via RNC
– Amy Campo def. Ane Svendsen via RNC

FINAL
– Amy Campo def. Melissa Cueto via RNC

FEMALE HEAVYWEIGHT

Submission Hunter Andressa Cintra proved she is equally as capable of finishing her opponents without the gi. Two matches in a small division, but very worth opponents in Eleftheria and “Tata” Silva.

1/4 FINALS
(not applicable)

SEMI-FINALS
– Andressa Cintra def. Eleftheria Christodoulou via inside heel hook
– Thalyta Silva def. Tara White via 5×0

FINAL
– Andressa Cintra def. Thalyta Silva via kneebar

FEMALE SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT

1/4 FINALS
(not applicable)

SEMI-FINALS
– Luciana Mota def. Graciele del Fava via 5×0
– Leticia Cardozo def. Fernanda Mazzelli via decision

FINAL
– Leticia Cardozo and Luciana Mota closed the division.

FEMALE OPEN WEIGHT

The two most dominant athletes – Elisabeth Clay (Ares) and Amy Campo (Zenith) – in the tournament earned their way through to the final with exciting clashes, making it look easy against top-tier competition. In the final, and despite the favoritism held by Campo, it was Clay who started stronger, entangling the Utah native in a leg attack and using that to come on top and attack Campo’s back.

An Attack followed by another attack, Clay attempted to submit Campo via RNC, short choke, and armbar (the armbar being the closest) in the first 5 minutes of the clash. Amy survived the onslaught and was able to turn the tide a little bit in her favor, but could not recover the scoreboard deficit.

This was, without a doubt, one of the – if not the – best performances we have seen of Elisabeth Clay, who has continues to grow as a grappler, despite being at the upper echelon of this sport for some time.

1/4 FINALS
– Fernanda Mazzelli def. Elizabeth Mitrovic via decision
Amy Campo def. Julia Maele via armbar
– Luciana Mota def. Joanna Dineva via Ezekiel choke
Elisabeth Clay def. Ane Svendsen via armbar

SEMI-FINALS
Elisabeth Clay def. Luciana Mota via inside heel hook
Amy Campo def. Fernanda Mazzelli via DQ

FINAL
Elisabeth Clay def. Amy Campo via 2×0

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