2019 IBJJF Pan American Adult Black Belt Competitors - Attack The Back

2019 IBJJF Pan American Adult Black Belt Competitors

Pans are happening this week and, this means all the major competitors will be flocking to the Bren Centre in Irvine, California to once again take to the major stage.

And with that, it also means the big names will be headed there, and this year we’re looking the young blood dethroning the old kings and we couldn’t be more exciting.

Black Belt Male Competitors

Roosterweight – 57.5 kg (126.5 lbs)

First up we have the lightest of the male competitors, we’re expecting the usual names such as Kristian Woodmansee and Michael Musumeci Jr to go through the division to take medals.

AllianceHiago Gama Sousa
Ares BJJCícero Lívio Ribeiro Saldanha Paiva
Atos Jiu-JitsuCleber de Sousa Fernandes
Atos Jiu-JitsuKristian R. Woodmansee
Brasa CTAMichael Musumeci Jr.
GF TeamCarlos Alberto Oliveira da Silva
Renato Tavares AssociationSuraj Kumar Budhram
Soul Fighters BJJDavid Herrera Junior
Tri-Force Jiu-Jitsu AcademyKoji Shibamoto
Tri-Force Jiu-Jitsu AcademyNobuhiro Sawada
Total: 10

Light-Featherweight

This year’s pans sees both Paulo and João Miyao enter the Light-Featherweight division. After both of their Gold medal performances at the Europeans and London Grand Slam, we’re looking to see these two compete or close out the division. Also, be on the lookout for Hiago Silva who took silver at the Europeans

Atos Jiu-JitsuLucas dos Santos Pinheiro
Brasa CTARene Eduardo Lopez
Cantagalo TeamPedro Paulo Dias Clementino
Cary Brazilian Jiu-JitsuJoseph Woo Sun Lee
Cicero Costha InternacionalJoão R. Bordignon Miyao
Cicero Costha InternacionalPaulo H. Bordignon Miyao
DeLariva JapanShimon Kagiyama
GF TeamFernando de Jesus Soares
GF TeamMatheus Viana Magalhães
Nova UniãoAlexssandro Pinto Sodré
PSLPB Cicero CosthaHiago George Santos Silva
Renzo Gracie MexicoAlexis Alduncin Barragan
Tri-Force Jiu-Jitsu AcademyHideyuki Yamada
Total: 13

Featherweight

Our first stacked division of the competition sees Cobrina Black Belts Isaac Doederlein & Kennedy Maciel drop down a weight division for the chance at gold. The division also sees Samir Chantre and Atos black belt João Mendes enter the frame, both who have been incredibly successful over the years.

A2 Jiu-JitsuRaphael da Costa Cadena
AllianceIsaac Doederlein
AllianceKennedy Leonardo Maciel
Alliance Bernardo FariaMatheus Evangelista Gonzaga
Alliance InternationalFrederico Augusto Alves Silva
Ares BJJSamir José Chantre Dahás
Atos Jiu-JitsuJoão Pedro Bueno Mendes
Atos Jiu-JitsuRafael Machado Mansur
Atos JJ InternationalSpencer Royce Nogawa
Brazilian Top TeamLeonardo Fernandes Saggioro
CheckMatMatheus Gabriel Pinheiro Barros
Clark Gracie Jiu Jitsu AcademyBrandon Woodly Walensky
Fight SportsOrlando Fernando Castillo Andaviza
Physical Space Jiu-Jitsu AcademyHiroaki Otsuka
Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJThiago A. A. Macedo
Team Lloyd IrvinShane Jamil Hill-Taylor
Tinguinha BJJ academyCole Thomas Franson
Total: 17

Lightweight

This year’s lightweight division sees a lack of big names such as Gianni Grippo and Lucas Lepri, meaning it’s time for the young ones to take the stage. We’re expecting the break out black belt Levi Jones-Leary to top the podium after his incredible black belt debut at this year’s Europeans. However, don’t sleep on Renato Canuto, he’s been a podium placer for numerous years and the one responsible for breaking Romulo Barral‘s ankle at 2017 worlds.

A-Force Brazilian Jiu-JitsuKevin Javier Mahecha
AllianceJohnny Joachin Tama Apolinario
AlliancePiter Frank Almeida Silva
Alliance InternationalAthos Ribeiro de Miranda
Alliance InternationalFelipe Linhares Arruda
Alliance JJEdward Hohl
Ares BJJBreno Henrique Abreu Bittencourt
Ares BJJOsvaldo Augusto Honorio Moizinho
Brasa CTAJeremy S. Jackson
Carlson Gracie TeamAlexandre Faria Molinaro
Carlson Gracie TeamKauan Argimon Barboza
CheckMatGabriel Rollo da Silva Pontes
CheckMatRenato Forasieppi Alves Canuto
CheckMat InternationalEndres Barbosa da Silva Mendes
CheckMat InternationalGilson Nunes De Oliveira Neto
Clark Gracie Jiu Jitsu AcademyFrancisco Antonio Iturralde Lara
CT MRYgor dos Santos Rodrigues
Easton BJJJohn Taylor Combs
GF TeamGialysson Adão Silva Freitas
GF TeamVitor Henrique Silva Oliveira
Gracie BarraLucas Sette C. Valente Tobias
KJ Competition TeamInseong Jang
Rodrigo Freitas Brazilian Jiu-JitsuRodrigo Lamounier de Freitas
Soul Fighters BJJFelipe H. Desouza-Simplicio
Unity Jiu-jitsuLevi Jones-Leary
Total: 25

Middleweight

It’s another stacked middleweight division at this year’s Pans, which features new and established black belts compete for the top divisions. Favourites such as Isaque Bahinese, Claudio Calasan, Leonardo Lara, Michael Liera Jr, Darragh O’Connaill, Dante Leon and many others will all be competing in this division. This is definitely one to watch.

AllianceIsaque Bahiense Braz
Atos Jiu-JitsuClaudio Calasans Camargo Júnior
Atos Jiu-JitsuLeonardo Teixeira Lara
Atos JJ InternationalAndris Auseklis Brunovskis
Atos JJ InternationalMichael Remigio Liera Jr.
Atos JJ Rio ClaroBrian J. Beaury II
Atos JJ USAAlexandre Joaquim de Jesus
Atos JJ USAThomas John Keenan
Caveirinha Jiu-Jitsu FamilyCesar Casamajó Cardoso
CheckMatYgor Machado Dantas
Cicero Costha InternacionalFabricio José Barbarotti
Cobra Kai Jiu JitsuDamien Aaron Nitkin
ECJJADarragh O’Conaill
GF TeamDante Leon
GF TeamJaime Soares Canuto
GF Team InternationalEdmund Yongwoo Kim
GF Team InternationalKenji Benjamin Sette
Gracie BarraOtavio Ferreira de Sousa
Gracie BarraVictor Silverio Santos
Nashville MMAChad M. G. Hardy
Ribeiro Jiu-JitsuVinicius Carvalho Garcia
Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJManuel Ribamar V. de Oliveira Filho
SitYodTong LADaniel Augustus Sirica Speirn
Soul Fighters BJJHugo Doerzapff Marques
Soul Fighters BJJIgor Matosinho de Paiva
Start Brazilian Jiu-JitsuLucas Benévolo Valle
Unity Jiu-jitsuFelipe Cesar Silva
ZR Team AssociationLucas Rocha de Freitas
Total: 28

Medium-Heavyweight

Will we see another repeat of the Europeans closeout between Gustavo Batista and Lucas Barbosa? Or will we see names such as Murilo Santana, or Devhonte Johnson spoil the party?

AllianceMatheus Oliveira Diniz
AllianceMatheus Spirandeli Souza
Alliance InternationalMatheus Godoy Romero
Alliance InternationalTarsis Carvalho Humphreys
Atos Jiu-JitsuGustavo Espindola Batista
Atos Jiu-JitsuLucas Daniel Silva Barbosa
Atos JJ InternationalDominique L. Bell
Atos JJ InternationalNisar Amin Loynab
Brasa CTARudson Mateus Sarmento Teles
Brazilian Top TeamGilvan Gomes da Costa
CheckMatEsdras Barbosa da Silva Mendes
Soul Fighters BJJRuan Marques de Oliveira
TAC Team BJJAshur Sami Darmo
TAC Team BJJMatthew W Leighton
Unity Jiu-jitsuDevhonte M. Johnson
Unity Jiu-jitsuMurilo Silva Ferreira de Santana
Total: 16

Heavyweight

The heavyweight division sees the return of Leandro Lo at his first IBJJF since last year’s Worlds when he got injured. This time he will have to get past 1st Pans black belt Kaynan Duarte, who took gold at this year’s Europeans. Other big names include Adam Wardzinski, Patrick Gaudio and Tim Spriggs, who are all game for a place on this year’s podium.

AllianceVinicius Ferreira Gazola
American Top Team Fort LauderdaleCharles Kilyan Mcguire
Atos Jiu-JitsuKaynan Casemiro Duarte
CheckMatAdam Wardzinski
CheckMatArnaldo Maidana de Oliveira
CheckMat InternationalMelor Sturua
GF TeamPatrick Pontes Moura Santos Gaudio
Gracie BarraFellipe Ubaiz Trovo
Kronos BJJVinicius Gimenes da Silva Ferreira
Ns BrotherhoodLeandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento
Team Lloyd IrvinTimothy-Michael Spriggs
Unity Jiu-jitsuAaron Michael Johnson
Total: 12

Super-Heavyweight

This year’s super-heavyweight division sees returning European Champion Fellipe Silva go up against big names such as Tanner Rice, James Puopolo and the newly crowned black belt Mahamed Aly.

AllianceFernando Andrade dos Reis
AllianceLeonardo Pires Nogueira
Atos Jiu-JitsuHelton Jose Mendes da Silva Junior
Atos Jiu-JitsuRafael Vasconcelos de Lima
GF TeamGutemberg de Jesus Santos Pereira
GF TeamUros Domanovic
One Jiu-Jitsu USAWellington Modena Peroto
Ribeiro Jiu-JitsuJames Richard Puopolo
Soul Fighters BJJTanner Wade Rice
Team Lloyd IrvinMahamed Aly Santos da Silva
Team Lloyd IrvinRoberto Torralbas
Zenith BJJFellipe Andrew Leandro Silva
Zenith BJJLukasz Gustaw Michalec
ZR Team AssociationHugo Leonardo B. Ferreira da Silva
Total: 14

Ultra-Heavyweight

Our biggest adult black belt division sees Ricardo Evangelista as favourite for this year’s Pan American Championship title.

AllianceGuilherme Augusto Soares Santos
Atos Jiu-JitsuDany Guy Steve Gerard
GF TeamMax dos Santos Gimenis
GF TeamRicardo Ferreira Evangelista
Gordo Jiu-Jitsu USAAntonio Braga Texeira Neto
Ribeiro Jiu-JitsuGustavo Dias Elias
Soul Fighters BJJPedro Paulo Campi Agrizzi
Total: 7

Black Belt Female Competitors

Roosterweight

Our two person Roosterweight division sees Serena Gabrielli go up against Mayssa Bastos. At this year’s European Championships it was Mayssa Bastos who took the top step, but can the Italian step up and claim the crown?

FlowSerena Gabrielli
GF TeamMayssa Caldas Pereira Bastos
Total: 2

Light-Featherweight

This year’s Light-Featherweight division sees European Silver Medalist Larissa Campos Carvalho looking for a Pans podium. Last years podium winners don’t feature in this year’s division, so it’s open season.

AllianceAna Talita de Oliveira Alencar
Brasa CTAKristina Sofia Puruganan Barlaan
Brazilian Top TeamPatrícia Magalhães Machado
CheckMatGabriela Meireles Fechter
CheckMatPatrícia Maria N. Fontes dos Santos
GF TeamAmanda Monteiro Nogueira
Gracie HumaitaLarissa Campos Carvalho
Total: 7

Featherweight

This year the female featherweight division has been dominated by the newly crowned Polaris 55kg champion Ffion Davies. This year she will be looking for her first Black Belt Pans Podium, if she manages that, she will be onto her first black belt triple crown.

CheckMatKaren Deisy Antunes Girotto Borges
CheckMatNathalie Wan Soares Veras Ribeiro
ECJJAFfion Eira Davies
Gracie HumaitaTalia Marie Vaughan
Team Lloyd IrvinAarae Alexander
Total: 5

Lightweight

At lightweight, we’ve seen Bianca Basilio take the 2nd place spot at this year’s Europeans. Can she do one better at Pans?

AllianceJena Rae Bishop
Atos Jiu-JitsuBianca Barbosa Basilio
Atos Jiu-JitsuNicole C. Sullivan
Gracie HumaitaGabrielle McComb Lima
Marcio Cruz Brazilian Jiu-JitsuAmanda Elouise Alequin
Total: 5

Middleweight

The female middleweight division sees no previous winners of last year’s division, so it’s open season for these 5 competitors.

AllianceRenata Marinho Moreira
CheckMatRaquel Dayne Kaleialoha Canuto
GF TeamAna Carolina Vieira Srour
GF TeamLaurah Elizabeth Hallock
Soul Fighters BJJJessica Constance Swanson
Total: 5

Medium-Heavyweight

Medium Heavyweight is all about Luiza Monteiro, keep an eye out for her as she will be looking for the top spot at this year’s Pans.

AllianceMonique Medeiros Elias
Atos Jiu-JitsuLuiza Monteiro Moura da Costa
Atos Jiu-JitsuNivia de Souza Moura
Gracie BarraAndressa Mezari Cintra
Zenith BJJMaria Malyjasiak
Total: 5

Heavyweight

With no previous medalists entered into the female Heavyweight division, we’ll be keep an eye on this one for some stars of the future.

Carlson Gracie TeamAlejandra Gonzalez
Mako Team ParisClaire-France Thevenon
Ns BrotherhoodTalita Andrea Nogueira
Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJNathiely Karoline Melo de Jesus
Total: 4

Super-Heavyweight

The final division we’re coving is the Female Super-Heavyweight division, which sees the return of Gabi Garcia. Jessica Flowers has been on an absolute tear up over the last year at black belt and we’re super psyched to see these two compete in the finals, if they both get there.

AllianceGabrielle Lemos Garcia
Brazilian Top TeamAlison Victoria Tremblay
G13 BJJCarina Curvelo Santi
Gracie BarraJessica D Flowers
Impact Jiu JitsuHillary VanOrnum
Total: 5

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