Worlds 2018 was full of high drama and great Jiu Jitsu. I will be adding more to this story, from beginning to end, so check back now and then...
This photo is immediately after Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida bequeathed his 6th Absolute Gold Medal to his friend, Leandro Lo, who was injured during his Super Heavy Finals match vs. Mahamed Aly. Lo was unable to compete for the Absolute Final, and Buchecha shocked the crowd, and Lo, when the referee raised Lo's hand to signal he would go home with the Absolute Gold.
After Buchecha gave Lo the Gold, the crowd unveiled these giant LisaLisaPics in support for both athletes! Yea!! Big thanks to BJJ Marketing for making that happen!
Mic drop for the Lightweight Gold brought to you by Bia Mesquita.
Fellipe Andrew (seen here winning vs. Mahamed Aly for Open Class qualifier) earned his Black Belt in December 2017 and is an up and coming contender for the Gold. Fellipe won Bronze at this year’s World Championship in the Heavyweight Division.
Legend Xande Ribeiro returned to the World Championships to vie for his 6th Heavy Weight title (he’s also a 2 X Absolute Champion). This photo was taken after Xande defeated his first opponent and heard his 8 year old daughter shouting her joy to him from the stands.
Inacio Neto x Keenan Cornelius
In a super exciting Open Class Quarterfinals, Felipe Peña and Nicolas Meregeli go at it. Nicholas wins here and moves on to face Buchecha in the Open Class Semi Finals. Felipe rebounds from this defeat and wins Gold in the Heavy Weight Division with both ankles heavily taped.
Nicholas Meregeli celebrates his win against Felipe Peña in the Open Class Quarter Final.
Felipe Pena X Xande Ribeiro
Fellipe Andrew x Buchecha
Black Belt Victor Honório in the Bull Pen.
Here we have Leandro Lo taking the back of Victor Honório. I had never seen Victor fight before and was told he doesn’t often come to compete in the USA. He is a beast. Lo was losing this match, but in the closing seconds pulled this move and secured his place to move on in the Open Class Final.
Darin Conner DeAngelis is the 2017/18 #1 ranked Heavy Weight Purple Belt in the IBJJF. And if you noticed, he is wearing a really cool patch haha Thank you DC!
Darin Conner DeAngelis on his way to Silver in the Purple Heavy Weight Division.
Purple Belt Adam Bradley of Atos Jiu Jitsu lets out a victory yell after moving on to the finals.
Igor Tanabe (99 Jiu Jitsu) wins Purple Belt Gold in the Medium Heavy Division vs. Adam Bradley (Atos).
Paulo Miyao’s absence from the IBJJF competition scene has relegated him to the stands supporting his teammates and brother, João Miyoa. Paulo is expected to return to IBJJF competition next year.
Ary Farias and João Miyão had an exciting Semi Finals match where both athletes left it all on the mat. Ary would win this one and move on to face American Mikey Musumeci in the Light Feather Division.
5 X World Champion André Galvão did not compete this year at Worlds. André is here enjoying being a coach and smiling all the way to his team, Atos, defeating the 11 time reigning champions, Alliance Jiu Jitsu.
Bruno Malfacine falls into the embrace of his coach, Mario Reis after stepping off the top of the podium for a record 10th time.
After winning his record 10th Rooster Weight Division Championship, Bruno Malfacine was invited back up to the podium to receive special recognition from the IBJJF for this accomplishment. He stepped off the podium and needed a moment to collect himself.
Nicholas Meregeli and Mahamed Aly in a savage Super Heavy Finals match. Meregali was the returning Heavy Weight Champion and moved up to Super Heavy for this year’s Worlds. Mahamed Aly would win the Super Heavy Gold here and become one of two Team Lloyd Irwin Black Belt World Champion at Worlds 2018.
Mikey Musumeci becomes the first (and only so far) American to win a Black Belt World Championship twice by defeating Ary Farias.
Rikako Yuasa is seen here (crouching tiger!) during her Rooster Weight Division Finals where she wins Gold.
Claudia Do Val wins her second World Championship Gold in the Heavy Weight Black Belt Division.
Leandro Lo’s pre comp ritual includes this vertical leap.
Pre Comp ritual
The Checkmate team and crowd go wild for Buchecha’s record breaking 6th Ultra Heavy title win. I will be adding more so stay tuned…
Buchecha x João Gabriel in the Finals for Ultra Heavy.
Buchecha and Leandro Lo await to be called to the mat for the Absolute Finals…