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IBJJF American Nationals 2021 Results – MMA Root



Teacher Marcelo Garcia

JUNE 28, 2021 (Monday) This weekend, the Las Vegas Convention Center – in Las Vegas, Nevada – hosted one of the top gi events at the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Circuit National. As usual, the tournament brought together some of the top jiu-jitsu athletes in the North American circuit, possibly even winning some big names this year, given the horrific state of our sporting tournament during the COVID19 pandemic.

Among the many side stories, the biggest is the rise of the fresh black belts Bruno Matias (GB) and Jessa Khan, as well as the double gold performances of Elisabeth Clay (Ares) and Fellipe Andrew. More about them below.

US NATIONAL 2021 BLACK ZONE RESULTS

Rooster-weight division / male
Final: LIVIO RIBEIRO DEF. HENRIQUE ROSSI – Loop drowning

A steady performance by the rising Ares rooster, Lívio Ribeiro, whose guard is still a danger to anyone in the department. Ribeiro had a tough fight with GB Roiter Lima, but came back strong for the final, taking one of Cícero Costha’s main representatives, Henrique Rossi.

# 1 Livio Ribeiro (Ares)
# 2 Henrique Rossi (Cicero Costha)
# 3 Lee Rosenfield (Form JJ)
# 3 Roiter Lima Jr. (Gracie Barra)

Light-Featherweight Division / Male
Final: PEDRO DIAS DEF. JOÃO SOEIRO – Advantages (0x0 points)

The less densely populated section in the men’s category saw only one fight, one indifferent to it. The former Cantagalo Project that stands out, Pedro Dias – who now represents Carlson Gracie – defeated Gracie Barra’s Soeiro by a margin.

# 1 Pedro Dias (Carlson Gracie)
# 2 João Soeiro (Gracie Barra)
# 3 Δ / Α
# 3 Δ / Α

Featherweight Division / Male
Final: RICHAR NOGUEIRA DEF. JOÃO MENDES – Advantages (4 × 4 points)

A steady return to the featherweight division by Atos’ João Bisnaga, who got some serious challengers on his way to the final, namely Danilo Moreira (Ares) and Daniel Maira (Studio 76). On the other side of the arm, Richar Nogueira looked as clinical as ever. Definitely one of the best strategists in the game today and an athlete who seems to be more confident about every passing event.

# 1 Richar Nogueira (Rodrigo Pinheiro JJ)
# 2 João Mendes “Bisnaga” (Atos)
# 3 Nick Salles (Studio 76)
# 3 Daniel Maira (Studio 76)

Light section / Man
Final: ALEXANDRE MOLINARO DEF. DANIEL DINIZ – 8 × 6 points

One of the stories of the day was Cekmat’s Daniel Dinit who defeated the current Pan American Champion, Thiago Macedo (referee decision). Makedo chose to come as light for American nationals – probably to avoid meeting his teammate Richar Nogueira – but the size difference turned out to be a harder handicap to overcome than previously thought. This and, of course, Daniel’s very stable skillet.

Although he is extremely active in the IBJJF circuit, Molinaro often does not get enough credit for what he has done in the sport. This victory for the American citizens can well be a validation of its value, as it is the most important victory of the tournament since 2018 (South American Championship), a strategy and a good performance for the representative of Carlson Gracie.

# 1 Alexandre Molinaro (Carlson Gracie)
# 2 Daniel Diniz (Checkmat)
# 3 Thiago Macedo (Rodrigo Pinheiro JJ)
# 3 Alotalo Lins (GFT)

Medium weight / Man
Final: MATHIAS LUNA DEF. RONALDO JUNIOR – Penalty (2 × 2 points)

What a day for Checkmat Mathias Luna! Undoubtedly his biggest victory since arriving in the black zone. Although with few losses in his record in the last two years, Luna rarely dominates, with most of his losses being a direct result of his unorthodox style, a risk-taking style. Right now, with over 30 races as a professional, Luna seems to be peaking as a middleweight as seen by American citizens. Luna defeated a number of solid rivals in the classroom, including big wins over Lucas Valle (8-0) and Ronaldo Junior (penalty), two of the world’s top middleweights.

# 1 Mathias Luna (Checkmat)
# 2 Ronaldo Jr. (Atos)
# 3 Eduardo Avelar (Double 5)
# 3 Lucas Valle (R1NG)

Medium-Heavyweight Category / Man
Final: BRUNO MATIAS DEF. ANDRÉ GÓIS – Decision (2 × 2 points)

A racing day for Bruno Matias, who quickly becomes one of the top heavyweights in the game. Former student Felipe Pena (now living in Texas) submitted the final, where he met the black belt of Lucas Lepri (also a recent promotion) André Góis – who had also made his way to the final. A very uniform fight was decided with a decision and a great future ahead for both grapplers.

# 1 Bruno Matias (Gracie Barra)
# 2 André Góis (Alliance)
# 3 Vinicius Wong (Alliance)
# 3 Joshua McKinney (TAC)

Heavyweight / Man
Final: PEDRO MARINHO DEF. BRUNO LIMA – 6 × 2 points

Marinho made his way to the final, but faced strong opposition against Portugal’s rising black belt, Bruno Lima, an athlete who earned his place from Alex Machado in Lisbon but trained briefly with Keenan Cornelius in the Legion AJ . The unusual Lima butterfly keeper saw him overtake one of the tournament’s favorites, Jake Watson (9-0), but it was not enough to see him through Pedro Marinho.

# 1 Pedro Marinho (Gracie Barra)
# 2 Bruno Lima (Legion AJJ / Alex Machado JJ)
# 3 Nathan Mendelshon (Coalition 95)
# 3 Jake Watson (Maracaba JJ)

Super-Heavyweight Division / Male
Final: Jackson Douglas DEF. LOUKAS NORAT – Decision (2 × 2 points)

This was a very uniform division and it showed. Every match was very good, in the end Jackson Douglas of Checkmat came out with the title.

# 1 Jackson Douglas (Checkmat)
# 2 Lucas Norat (Gracie Barra)
# 3 Daniel Hampton (Lotus Club)
# 3 Ashur Darmo (TAC)

Ulta-Heavyweight Division / Male
Final: FELLIPE ANDREW DEF. BOUKAR AUSTIN – 33 × 0 points

Fellipe Andrew changed this weekend and Fellipe Andrew is activated for the heavyweight division. Andrew ran in the weight class continuing the practice to the absolute. Gracie Barra’s Austin Baker looked very solid during his run to the final, but he surpassed Fellipe.

# 1 Fellipe Andrew (Alliance)
# 2 Austin Baker (Gracie Barra)
# 3 Victor Barreto (Alliance)
# 3 Leonardo D’Avila (Atos)

Light weight / male
Final: FELLIPE ANDREW DEF. BRUNO LIMA – DQ

Solid performances by Andrew and the aforementioned Bruno Lima. Bruno ended up being DQ’ed in a “strange” decision by the referee, who classified a legal saddle position (wrist grip) as a wrist knee near the end of the match. Although Fellipe was leading by points, the referees’ mistakes were certainly a major concern throughout the tournament, as it was not an isolated case. Professional athletes who pay to compete (!) At the IBJJF deserve – at least – the technology to repeat these decisions on demand.

# 1 Fellipe Andrew (Alliance)
# 2 Bruno Lima (Legion AJJ / Alex Machado JJ)
# 3 Jake Watson (Maracaba JJ)
# 3 Austin Baker (Gracie Barra)

Lightweight feather / female
Final: JESSA KHAN DEF. FEATURES DATI – ΤΡΙΓΚΛΟ

Another consistent show by Jessa in a very small section. Khan continued to beat two Fontes in one day, the first through points (5 × 0) and the second through a triangle.

# 1 Jessamine Khan (AOJ)
# 2 Patrícia Fontes (Checkmat)
# 3 Thamires Aquino (GFT)
# 3

Light section / woman
Final: PC

# 1 Janaina Menezes (Gracie Humaitá)
# 2 Δ / Α
# 3 Δ / Α
# 3 Δ / Α

Medium weight / female
Final: DANIELLE ALVAREZ DEF. NORTH CLAIRE – Advantages (4 × 4 points)

No stranger to the American Nations podium, midfielder Danielle Alvarez had an easy fight in the final, but a very tough final battle with Claire North, one she overcame by 2 points.

Daniel Alvarez (LEAD)
# 2 Claire North (TAC)
# 3 Heather Woods (Atos)
# 3 Mayra Mazza (Alliance)

Medium-Heavyweight Category / Woman
Final: ELISABETH CLAY DEF. MELISSA CUETO – WOMEN’S PUMP LOCK

The most impressive female show of the day, Elisabeth clay continues to win submissions in both medium-heavy and lightweight sections, one of the darkest submission-oriented belts in the world today.

# 1 Elisabeth Clay (Mars)
# 2 Melissa Cueto (Gracie Humaitá)
# 3 Alessandra Moss (Clark Gracie)
# 3 Δ / Α

Super-Heavyweight Division / Woman
Final: PC

# 1 Mayara Custódio (Checkmat)
# 2 Δ / Α
# 3 Δ / Α
# 3 Δ / Α

Light weight / female
Final: ELISABETH CLAY DEF. JANINA MENEZES – WOMEN’S PUMP LOCK

# 1 Elisabeth Clay (Mars)
# 2 Janaina Menezes (Gracie Humaitá)
# 3 Claire North (TAC)
# 3 Δ / Α

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