BJJ Worlds 2016 Finals Results

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
  • 3rd - Bernardo Augusto Rocha de Faria - Alliance

Female - Black Belt - Open Class

Champion - Dominyka Obelenyte - Alliance

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
  • 3rd - Mackenzie Lynne Dern - Gracie Humaita
  • 3rd - Andresa Correa - Alliance

Male - Black Belt - Rooster

Champion - Bruno da Silva Malfacine - Alliance

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

Female - Black Belt - Rooster

Champion - Rikako Yuasa - Paraestra Shinagawa

With a bow and arrow choke, Rikako Yuasa finished Outi Jarvilheto for the roosterweight title.

  • 2nd - Outi Järvilehto - Brasa CTA
  • 3rd - Serena Gabrielli - Flow
  • 3rd - Sofia Rosa Amarante - Fight Sports

Male - Black Belt - Light Feather

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

Female - Black Belt - Light Feather

Champion - Gezary Matuda Kubis Bandeira - American Top Team

With a choke in the final 10s, Gezary Matuda beat Kristina Barlaan to win the lightfeather title. That was Gezary's third title in the division.

  • 2nd - Kristina Sofia Puruganan Barlaan - Brasa CTA
  • 3rd - Patrícia Maria N. Fontes dos Santos - Checkmat
  • 3rd - Ariadne de Oliveira - Mestre Wilson Jiu-Jitsu

Male - Black Belt - Feather

Champion - Rafael Mendes Godoy - Atos Jiu-Jitsu

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.

  • 2nd - Marcio Andre C. Barbosa Junior - Nova União
  • 3rd - Rubens Charles Maciel - Alliance
  • 3rd - Osvaldo Augusto Honorio Moizinho - Ares BJJ

Female - Black Belt - Feather

Champion - Mackenzie Lynne Dern - Gracie Humaita

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.

  • 2nd - Michelle Zonato Nicolini - Checkmat
  • 3rd - Tammi Alana Musumeci - Atos Jiu-Jitsu
  • 3rd - Karen Deisy Antunes Girotto Borges - Checkmat

Male - Black Belt - Light

Champion - Lucas Alves Lepri - Alliance

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
  • 3rd - Jonathan Torres - Atos Jiu-Jitsu

Female - Black Belt - Light

Champion - Beatriz de Oliveira Mesquita - Gracie Humaita

Bia Mesquita was the lightweight champion after a 7-0 win over Sarah Black. That was Bia's fifth world title in the weight division.

  • 2nd - Sarah Johnel Black - GD Jiu-Jitsu Association
  • 3rd - Jena Rae Bishop - Gracie Humaita
  • 3rd - Laurah Elizabeth Hallock - GF Team

Male - Black Belt - Middle

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.

  • 2nd - Gabriel Arges de Sousa - Gracie Barra JJ
  • 3rd - Yago Vinicius de Souza - Brotherhood BJJ
  • 3rd - Marcos Vinícius da Silva Tinoco - Alliance Marcelo Garcia

Female - Black Belt - Middle

Champion - Monique Medeiros Elias - Alliance

Monique Elias was the middleweight champion after a 10-10 tie on points and a 1-1 tie on advantages. A near guard pass made the refs decide unanimously for Monique against Luiza Monteiro.

  • 2nd - Luiza Monteiro Moura da Costa - Brotherhood BJJ
  • 3rd - Megan Ann Nevill - Alliance
  • 3rd - Shanti A. D. Abelha - Checkmat

Male - Black Belt - Medium Heavy

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
  • 3rd - Keenan Kai-James Cornelius - Atos Jiu-Jitsu

Female - Black Belt - Medium Heavy

Champion - Andresa Correa - Alliance

Andresa Correa outscored Sijara Eubanks 10-0 to win the medium heavyweight title.

  • 2nd - Sijara Jihan Eubanks - Team Lloyd Irvin
  • 3rd - Leah Roseanne Taylor - SBG International (SBGI)
  • 3rd - Monique Ricardo Carvalho - Checkmat

Male - Black Belt - Heavy

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.

  • 2nd - Jackson Sousa dos Santos - Checkmat
  • 3rd - Cássio Francis da Silva - Gracie Barra
  • 3rd - Guilherme Augusto Soares Santos - Alliance

Female - Black Belt - Heavy

Champion - Fernanda Mazzelli Almeida Maio - Striker JJ

Fernanda Mazzelli was the heavyweight champion after a unanimous decision following a 2-2 tie against Alison Tremblay.

  • 2nd - Alison Victoria Tremblay - Brazilian Top Team
  • 3rd - Samela Shoham Lopes Leite - Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu
  • 3rd - Vanessa Oliveira do Nascimento - GF Team

Male - Black Belt - Super Heavy

Champion - Leonardo Pires Nogueira - Alliance

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).

  • 2nd - Alexandro Ceconi de Souza - Ceconi Team
  • 3rd - Luiz Fernando de Azevedo Panza - Checkmat
  • 3rd - Igor Silva - GF Team International

Female - Black Belt - Super Heavy

Champion - Dominyka Obelenyte - Alliance

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.

  • 2nd - Venla Orvokki Luukkonen - Hilti BJJ Jyvaskyla
  • 3rd - Samela Shoham Lopes Leite - Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu
  • 3rd - Hillary VanOrnum - Impact Jiu Jitsu

Male - Black Belt - Ultra Heavy

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