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IBJJF Pans 2021 Results, Fellipe Andrew Double Gold, Yara’s Gritty Performance And More

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Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

SEPTEMBER 05, 2021, SILVER SPURS ARENA, KISSIMEE, FL, USA, was the final day of this year’s International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships, arguably, the second most important event in the sport’s circuit, just behind the World Championships. Given the status of the competition, many of jiu-jitsu’s top professional athletes signed up to the tournament, with the final day being set for the main division, the adult black belts.

Although very important for the top grapplers in the game, we, the fans, did miss a few of the sport’s main characters, a fact possibly owed to the current pandemic and traveling restrictions. Among those mostly missed on the mats were most of the São Paulo, Brazil super team – Dream Art. Who came in with only two black belt athletes (Anna Rodrigues and Yara Soares). Other big Brazilian players of Guigo Jiu-Jitsu, GF Team, and Checkmat opted not to travel to North America for the championship, nevertheless, talent was teeming in Florida this weekend, and the quality of the matches certainly came through.

GUSTAVO BATISTA STEAMROLLS HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION

One of the men of the hour was “Braguinha”, the Atos Jiu-Jitsu team member who conquered his 3rd gold medal at the Pans, this time with a return to heavyweight, after taking gold in the medium-heavy in 2018, and in 2020 at heavy. In the 94 kilogram division, Batista tried his hardest to pancake every single opponent on his way and did a great job at it with a beautiful pressure passing style that earned him all submissions on his way to the final of both his weight class and the absolute. The only athlete to survive Gustavo’s submission streak at heavyweight was Adam Wardzinski in the last match. The exciting Polish grappler had also amounted a submission winning run to the final, but succumbed under the passing pressure of Gustavo, nevertheless, bravely opposing the passing nature of the Brazilian, losing by advantages.

FELLIPE ANDREW TAKES DOUBLE GOLD

Not enough praise can be thrown at Fellipe Andrew for his performances this weekend. The Alliance representative put on a show, match after match, always with the submission on his sights. The rare moments where we didn’t see an exciting match out of Fellipe were those where his opponents worked their hardest to hold the ferocious super-heavyweight athlete down and stop his attacking impetus.

7 matches and 7 glorious performances. In the absolute division, Andrew took out Adolfo Suarez (submission), Rafael Vasconcelos (points), Austin Baker (points), and Gustavo Batista (points) – a remake of the tournament’s 2020 open weight final. Andrew went on to dominate his weight class with wins over Jae Mcintosh (submission), Davi Cabral (points), and Guilherme Augusto (points). The only person to score on the wildman from Pernambuco was Atos’ Batista, who scored 8 points of Andre in the final of the absolute, but conceded 19 in return.

YARA SOARES TENACIOUS PERFORMANCE

A great night for the former Guigo Jiu-Jitsu athlete, who recently moved to the Dream Art training room, Yara Soares. The super-heavyweight grappler nurtured an injury throughout the tournament but managed to pull through with an epic performance at the open weight class, where she took wins over Sarah Rice (choke), Nathalie Ribeiro  (choke), Bianca Basilio (decision), and Ana Carolina Vieira (2×0) in the final. A tremendous showing for the São Paulo based competitor who’s been on an impressive run this year.

CALIFORNIA IS STILL JIU-JITSU’S USA MECCA

Debate surrounding the rise of the state of Texas and a few other areas as the new jiu-jitsu Mecca(s) have been plentiful, and rightfully so, given the many high-quality athletes being developed in the Lone Star State over the past few months, who’ve been particularly active in the pro-circuit. Given the nature of the Pan American Championships, an open tournament for most athletes (given that they’ve had enough points/achievements on their records), many saw this event as the ultimate proving ground for the “Best BJJ State” battle.

For this very reason, we were curious to find out what would come of this Pans Championship when addressing these new “state races”. Would Texas show a rise in performance? The results are out. Taking into account that many Brazilian athletes opted not to travel to the USA amidst the current pandemic-driven travel restrictions, the results showed a clear dominance by California at the upper echelon of the sport. The Golden State took home 9 of the 19 gold medals available at the adult black belt level. The second most important state (in this limited Pans sample) was São Paulo who, despite only bringing forth a very small number of athletes, managed to take home 3 gold medals. Below are the results of the tournament at the adult black belt level.

2021 IBJJF Pan American Gold Medalists

MALE:
– 58KG Livio Ribeiro (Ares)
– 64KG Diego Oliveira (Cicero Costha)
– 70KG Jamil Hill-Taylor (TLI)
– 76KG Johnatha Alves (AOJ)
– 82KG Tainan Dalpra (AOJ)
– 88KG André Porfirio (Fight Sports)
– 94KG Gustavo Batista (Atos)
– 100KG Fellipe Andrew (Alliance SD)
– +100KG Victor Hugo (Six Blades)
– OPEN Fellipe Andrew (Alliance SD)

FEMALE:
– 49KG Lavinia Barbosa (Checkmat)
– 53KG Anna Rodrigues (Dream Art)
– 58KG Bianca Basílio (Almeida JJ)
– 64KG Nathalie Ribeiro (Checkmat)
– 69KG Luiza Monteiro (Atos)
– 74KG Ana Carolina Vieira (Aviv JJ)
– 79KG Maria Malyjasiak (Abmar Barbosa)
– 84KG Gabrieli Pessanha (Infight)
– OPEN Yara Soares (Dream Art)

ROOSTERWEIGHT-MALE

1/4 FINALS

– Kevin Martincowski advanced via WO (no show for Willis Nunes)
Livio Ribeiro def. Lee Rosenfield via triangle choke
Roiter Lima def. Estevan Martinez via advantages (2×2 pts)
Hiago Gama advanced to semi-finals (WO)

SEMI-FINALS

Livio Ribeiro def. Kevin Martincowski via toe hold
Hiago Gama def. Roiter Lima via decision (4×4 pts)

FINAL

Livio Ribeiro def. Hiago Gama via 6×2 pts (1×0 adv)

LIGHT-FEATHERWEIGHT-MALE

1/4 FINALS

Pedro Dias def. Keven Carrasco via advantages (0x0 pts)
Jordan Vaisman def. Marcus Beddor via decision (4×4 pts)
– Carlos Oliveira def. Malachi Edmond via 6×4 pts
Diego “Pato” def. Suraj Budhram via choke from the back

SEMI FINALS

Pedro Dias def. Jordan Vaisman via 2×0 pts
Diego “Pato” def. Carlos Oliveira via 2×0 pts

FINAL (no match)

Diego “Pato” Oliveira champion as his opponent, Pedro Dias came out injured of the semi-finals and could not compete for the #1 spot.

FEATHERWEIGHT-MALE

1/4 FINALS

Isaac Doederlein def. Alex Sodré via 2×0 pts
Gabriel Sousa def. Felipe Linhares via advantages (0x0 pts)
Fabrício Andrey def. Danilo Moreira via choke from the back
Jamil Hill-Taylor def. Richar Nogueira via DQ

SEMI FINALS

Gabriel Sousa def. Isaac Doederlein via advantage (4×4 pts)
Jamil Hill-Taylor def. Fabrício Andrey via advantage (0x0 pts)

FINALS

Jamil Hill-Taylor def. Gabriel Sousa via 4×2 pts (2×1 adv)

LIGHTWEIGHT-MALE

1/4 FINALS

Jackson Nagai def. Daniel Quintana via bow and arrow choke
Lucas Valente def. Fabrício Barbarotti via straight ankle lock
Rodrigo Freitas def. Kevin Mahecha via advantages (4×4 pts)
Johnatha Alves def. Igor Feliz via choke from the back

SEMI FINALS

Lucas Valente def. Jackson Nagai via 8×2 pts
Johnatha Alves def. Rodrigo Freitas via armbar

FINAL

Johnatha Alves def. Lucas Valente via 2×0

MIDDLEWEIGHT-MALE

1/4 FINALS

Ronaldo Junior def. Eduardo Avelar via choke from the back
Tainan Dalpra def. Alexandre Jesus via kimura
Jonnatas Gracie def. Lucas Valle via advantage (0x0 pts)
Yago Souza def. Leonardo Lara via advantage (2×2 pts)

SEMI FINALS

Tainan Dalpra def. Ronaldo Junior via injury (knee)
Yago Souza def. Jonnatas Gracie via 4×2 pts

FINAL

Tainan Dalpra def. Yago Souza via 2×0 pts

MEDIUM-HEAVYWEIGHT-MALE

1/4 FINALS

Jaime Canuto def. Rodrigo Martins via choke from the back
Pedro Marinho def. Gabriel Almeida via decision (6×6 pts)
Manuel Ribamar def. Jeferson Guaresi via decision (0x0 pts)
André Porfirio def. Murilo Santana via 3×1 advantages (2×2 pts)

SEMI FINALS

Pedro Marinho def. Jaime Canuto via guillotine
André Porfirio def. Manuel Ribamar via advantage (2×2 pts)

FINAL

André Porfirio def. Pedro Marinho via straight ankle lock

HEAVYWEIGHT-MALE

1/4 FINALS

– Chris Passarrello def. Matt Leighton via 3×2 pts
Gustavo Batista def. Xavier Silva via lateral kneebar
Adam Wardzinski def. Rafael Vasconcelos via choke from the back
Nathan Mendelshon advanced via WO (no show by Vinicius “Trator”)

SEMI FINALS

Gustavo Batista def. Chris Passarrello via cross choke from mount
Adam Wardzinski def. Nathan Mendelshon via arm-in Ezekiel choke

FINAL

Gustavo Batista def. Adam Wardzinski via 3×0 advantages (0x0 pts)

SUPER-HEAVYWEIGHT-MALE

1/4 FINALS

Guilherme Augusto def. Jackson Douglas via bread cutter choke
Devhonte Johnson def. Lucas Norat via 7×0 pts
Davi Cabral def. Jose Torres via dogbar (kneebar from over-under pass)
Fellipe Andrew def. Jae Mcintosh via armbar/verbal tap

SEMI FINALS

Guilherme Augusto def. Devhonte Johnson via decision (0x0 pts)
Fellipe Andrew def. Davi Cabral via 5×0 pts

FINAL

Fellipe Andrew def. Guilherme Augusto via 2×0 pts

ULTRA-HEAVYWEIGHT-MALE 1/4 FINALS

1/4 FINALS

Max Gimenez def. AJ Agazarm via 7×0 pts
Victor Hugo def. Leo D’Avila via cross choke from knee-cut
Rodrigo Ribeiro def. Austin Baker via 4×0 pts
Helton José advanced via WO (no show by Kharim Khalifa)

SEMI FINALS

Victor Hugo def. Max Gimenez via 6×0 pts
Rodrigo Ribeiro def. Helton José via 2×0 pts

FINAL

Victor Hugo def. Rodrigo Ribeiro via choke from the back

OPEN WEIGHT-MALE

1/4 FINALS

Austin Baker def. Mathias Luna via 5×0 pts
Fellipe Andrew def. Rafael Vasconcelos via 11×0 pts
Gustavo Batista def. Andre Porfirio via choke
Guilherme Augusto def. Max Gimenis via choke

SEMI FINALS

Gustavo Batista def. Guilherme Augusto via katagatame
Fellipe Andrew def. Austin Baker via 6×0 pts

FINAL

Fellipe Andrew def. Gustavo Batista via 18×8 pts (3×0 adv)

ROOSTERWEIGHT-FEMALE

FINAL (only match)

– Lavinia Barbosa def. Jessa Khan via 3×1 advantages (2×2 pts)

LIGHT-FEATHERWEIGHT-FEMALE

SEMI-FINALS (no quarter finals)

Mayssa Bastos def. Naiomi Matthews via 10×2 pts
Anna Rodrigues def. Ann Kneib via cross choke

FINALS

Anna Rodrigues def. Mayssa Bastos via 2×1 advantages (6×6 pts)

FEATHERWEIGHT-FEMALE

1/4 FINALS (2 matches)

– Gabi McComb def. Pauline Costa via choke from the back
– Sophia Flores def. Taylor Sausser via 5×2 pts

SEMI FINALS

Gabi McComb def. Alexa Yanes via 4×0 pts
Bianca Basílio def. Sophia Flores via kimura

FINAL

Bianca Basílio def. Gabi McComb via straight ankle lock

LIGHTWEIGHT-FEMALE

SEMI FINALS (no quarter finals)

Nathalie Ribeiro def. Fernanda Figueira via vhoke from back
Margot Ciccarelli def. Nikki Sullivan via decision (2×2 pts)

FINAL

Nathalie Ribeiro def. Margot Ciccarelli via 2×1 advantages (2×2 pts)

MIDDLEWEIGHT-FEMALE

QUARTER FINALS

– Vannessa Griffin def. Bruna Maciel via choke
– Claire North def. Brenda Palheta via Americana
– Luiza Monteiro def. Yuki Kaneko via 11×0 pts
– Andressa Cintra def. Janaina Menezes via 11×2 pts

SEMI FINALS

– Andressa Cintra def. Vannessa Griffin decision (0x0 pts)
– Luiza Monteiro def. Claire North via 8×0 pts

FINAL

Luiza Monteiro def. Andressa Cintra via 7×0 pts (2×0 advantages)

MEDIUM-HEAVYWEIGHT-FEMALE

SEMI FINALS (single match, no quarter finals)

Ana Carolina Vieira def. Chloe McNally via 2×0 pts

FINAL

Ana Carolina Vieira def. Elisabeth Clay via 6×0 pts (5×0 adv)

HEAVYWEIGHT-FEMALE FINALS

QUARTER FINALS

– Elizabeth Mitrovic def. Kylie Villicano via cross Choke
– Melissa Cueto def. Sarah Rice def. choke from back

SEMI FINALS

– Maria Malyjasiak def. Elizabeth Mitrovic via armbar
– Melissa Cueto def. Maggie Grindatti via 6×0 pts

Maria Malyjasiak def. Melissa Cueto via short choke

SUPER-HEAVYWEIGHT-FEMALE FINALS

SEMI FINALS (single match, no quarter finals)

Gabrieli Pessanha def. Michele Welti via straight ankle lock

FINAL

Gabrieli Pessanha def. Yara Soares via 4×2 pts (3×1 adv)

OPEN WEIGHT-FEMALE

QUARTER FINALS

– Bianca Basilio def. Elisabeth Clay via 5×0 pts
– Yara Soares def. Nathalie Ribeiro via choke from back
– Ana Vieira def. Gabrielli Pessanha via 4×2 pts
– Maria Malyjasiak def. Janaina Menezes via 4×0 pts

SEMI FINALS

– Yara Soares def. Bianca Basilio via decision
– Ana Vieira def. Maria Malyjasiak via DQ

FINAL

Yara Soares def. Ana Carolina Vieira via 2×0 pts (2×0 adv)

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