Women's BJJ has been making strides, and the 2017 Worlds was proof. The new crop of champions drew attention at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach -- and standing out above them was Tayane Porfírio, who, in her first year as a black-belt, won gold in the super-heavyweight and absolute divisions.
This year only two females managed to win gold again. Two thousand fifteen champion Luiza Monteiro defeated Beatriz Mesquita to bag her second gold medal, and Japan's Rikako Yuasa became a three-time champion as she beat Rayanne dos Santos at rooster. And that was it; every other weight class was won by a brand-new world champion.
Light featherweight Talita Alencar unseated three-time champion Geary Matuda. Ana Carolina Vieira, who is a world champion at every belt and sister to Rodolfo Vieira, bested Monique Elias in the middleweight final.
The medium heavyweight saw Nathiely de Jesus shine like the Star of Bethlehem. In her first world championship as a black-belt, she beat three-time champ Andresa Correa -- and made it to the absolute final to boot. Claudia Doval beat world champion Talita “Treta” Nogueira.
Check out these photos by Beatriz Lina with some of the best moments from the women's black belt contests.
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