The best photos of black belts finals in IBJJF 2016 World Championship.
Male - Black Belt - Open Class
Champion - Marcus "Buchecha" Vinícius Oliveira de Almeida - Checkmat
Marcus Buchecha makes history and wins his 4th black belt open class title. He beat Erberth Santos 6-4 with a last-second sweep after being swept by Erberth. Buchecha is the only competitor with four gold medals in the absolute. Overall, he reached 8 gold medals in the Worlds as a black belt, nearing Roger Gracie's record of 10 titles. The Checkmat black belt went to the final after beating Elliot Kelly by points (6-0), Pedro Moura by submission (armbar) and defeating Felipe Preguiça with an armbar at the semifinal.
2nd - Erberth Santos de Mesquita - Gracie Elite Team
3rd - Leandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento - Brotherhood BJJ
With one sweep to each side, Dominyka Obelenyte beat Bia Mesquita 1-0 on advantages after a 2-2 tie on points to win her second open class title in a row. With four gold medals, Dominyka is already the most accomplished black belt athlete in Jiu-Jitsu not born in Brazil.
2nd - Beatriz de Oliveira Mesquita - Gracie Humaita
Bruno Malfacine beats Caio Terra 2-0 on advantages to win the roosterweight title. That's Bruno's eighth title in the division. To go to the final, the Alliance black belt beat Rodnei Barbosa by 7-0 and submitted Tiago Barros with an armbar.
2nd - Caio Terra - Brasa CTA
3rd - João Ricardo Bordignon Miyao - PSLPB Cicero Costha
3rd - José Tiago da Silva Barros - PSLPB Cicero Costha
Champion - Paulo Henrique Bordignon Miyao - PSLPB Cicero Costha
Paulo Miyao is now a two-time black belt world champion. He beat Ary Farias 4-2 for the lightfeather gold. To conquer the title, Miyao beat Paulo Santana, overcame Takuto Kako by an impressive score of 24-0 and, at the semifinal, he defeated Isaac Doederlein by 4-2.
2nd - Ary de Melo Farias - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
3rd - Isaac Doederlein - Alliance
3rd - Hiago George Santos Silva - PSLPB Cicero Costha
Rafael Mendes scored the winning advantage at the very end to win 2-1 over Márcio André after a 8-8 tie on points. That's Rafa's sixth title in the division. To conquer his sixth title, Rafa Mendes submitted Ichitaro Tsukada with a choke from the back, defeated Leo Saggioro by 6-0 and beat Osvaldo Moizinho with a triangle armbar at the semifinals.
Mackenzie Dern was the featherweight champion after finishing Michelle Nicolini with a choke. After the match, the eight-time world champion Nicolini announced her retirement from competitive BJJ to a standing ovation.
With an imposing performance, Lucas Lepri choked Edwin Najmi from the back within the last 15s of the lightweight final to win his 4th gold in the division. Lepri beat Masahiro Iwasaki with a position known as "marceloplata," then he submitted Mansher Khera with an omoplata and, in the semifinal, he beat JT Torres by judges' decision.
2nd - Edwin Najmi - Gracie Barra
3rd - Gabriel Rollo da Silva Pontes - Checkmat International
Champion - Otavio Ferreira de Sousa - Gracie Barra
In a close-out with teammate Gabriel Arges, Otávio Sousa won his third middleweight world title. To conquer the title, the Gracie Barra black belt submitted Santeri Lilius with a choke from the back, and then beat Jonathan Satava in the octofinals, Dillon Danis by points (4-0) in the quarterfinals, and Yago Souza in the semifinals by 9-2.
Champion - Leandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento - Brotherhood BJJ
Leandro Lo beat Rômulo Barral 5-0 to win his fifth black belt world title, the 2nd in the medium heavyweight category. To reach the final, Lo beat Charles Negromonte, then Matheus Diniz in the quarterfinals by 7-0 and Keenan Cornelius in semifinal by points (4-2). After the final against Leandro Lo, Rominho tied his own belt around Lo's waist to meaning he's now retired from competitions. Barral steps out as a five-time world champion. He got a standing ovation.
2nd - Rômulo Claudio Barral - Gracie Barra
3rd - Patrick Pontes Moura Santos Gaudio - GF Team
Champion - Andre Luiz Leite Galvão - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
André Galvão conquered his fourth gold medal at the Worlds. The Atos leader beat Felipe Mota, Lucas Rocha, Cassio Francis and beat Jackson Sousa by split decision after a 2-2 tie in the heavyweight final.
Leo Nogueira reaches his third world title as a black belt after defeating Alex Ceconi by 2-1 in the super-heavyweight final. The Alliance black belt went to the final after beating Wellington Peroto, then Vitor Toledo in the quarterfinals by points (2-0) and Luiz Panza in a semifinal by points too (2-0).
In an impressive performance, Dominyka Obelenyte outscored Venla Luukkonen 33-0 for the super-heavyweight title. This was the second title won by the Marcelinho Garcia pupil in the division. She also won the open class.
Champion - Marcus Vinícius Oliveira de Almeida - Checkmat
To conquer the double gold at the BJJ Worlds - and his fourth title in the division, - Marcus Buchecha submitted João Gabriel with an armbar at the semifinal. At the final, in less than three minutes, Buchecha swept, got to the back and caught James Puopolo in an armlock for the ultra-heavy title.
2nd - James Richard Puopolo - Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu
3rd - Ricardo Ferreira Evangelista - GF Team
3rd - João Gabriel de Oliveira e S. Rocha - Soul Fighters BJJ