Las Vegas is home to some of the biggest events to take place in combat sports history, from the UFC to Boxing and recently the IBJJF began hosting the World Masters Championships in Las Vegas which has become one of the biggest Jiu Jitsu Events in the year with an estimated 7500 competitors taking part. The IBJJF have created a week which hosts the aforementioned World Masters Championships, the Kids International Open, and for the Adult competitors, the IBJJF Las Vegas Summer International Open. Not only are the traditional tournaments taking place but the IBJJF also hold an invite only NoGi Grand Prix, along with the Evexia Fit Fest taking place with multiple seminars taking place being taught by legends of the sport. With so much going on, here is our highlight of what to take note of in the coming week.
World Masters Championships
The IBJJF World Masters continues to grow every year, with most of the black belt divisions having over 30 people signed up with some numbering over 50!!Not only are the divisions deep but there are many entrants who are not only active competitors on the adult competition scene but legends of the sport.
In the Master 1 category there are some divisions with multiple adult Major medalists, including the middleweight division with multiple time Masters 1 World champion and Adult medallist Vitor Oliveira, he’ll face stiff competition from DJ Jackson of TLI and Maeda’s Clark Gracie. Another deep division is medium heavy, where there are multiple athletes to watch out for, Marcelo Garcia Black belt Marcos Tinoco will be looking to add to his already Gold laden trophy cabinet by adding the Masters world title, in his way will be athletes such as Kingz sponsored athlete Sergio Rios, who took Gold at the UAEJJF World Masters in Abu Dhabi earlier this year. One to watch in the medium heavy division is Gilbert ‘Durinho’ Burns, the UFC star is a former IBJJF World Champion in the adult divisions with notable wins over Lucas Lepri, JT Torres, Leandro Lo and Kron Gracie, while the Gi hasn’t been his focus for a while, he has been active on the grappling circuit mainly in NoGi sub only bouts and should definitely be considered a favourite.
While in the Women’s divisions we have accomplished athletes such as Kristina Barlaan, and IBJJF World champions such as Talita Nogueira and Claudia DoVal entered .
However it is not just the Master 1 divisions which are stacked, over at Master 2 there are legends such as Samuel Braga and Gabriel Gonzaga entered, along with Josh Hinger who is also competing in the Las Vegas open during the same week.
Master 3 and above is the home of legends such as Renato Sobral, Baret Yoshida, Wellington Dias and Mario Sperry.
IBJJF Las Vegas Summer Open
Going on at the same time during the World Masters is the Las Vegas Open, this IBJJF Event allows Adult competitors the chance to compete and gain some IBJJF Points to move up the rankings or qualify for the majors. Just like the Masters event, there are some huge names competition, such as Gianni Grippo, Atos JJ’s Josh Hinger, Dom Bell, while the best brown belt in recent memory in Victor Hugo will be looking to add to his already considerable Black belt medal collection while world champions Bianca Basilio and Amanda Noguiera might clash.
IBJJF GP 2019 – Heavyweight NoGi
Not only are we treated to the IBJJF World Masters and Las Vegas Open, but the IBJJF have spoilt the Jiu Jitsu with the invitation only IBJJF NoGi Grand Prix, with 8 of the best NoGi Grapplers in the world being invited to compete for 1st place and $40k. While a couple of the original competitors have pulled out, we still have a line up of World NoGI and ADCC champions and medallists –
Roberto Cyborg Abreu – ADCC Absolute Champion and World NoGi Champion
Yuri Simoes – 2 weight division ADCC Champion and World NoGi Champion
Joao Gabriel Rocha – ADCC Silver Medalist and World NoGi Silver Medalist.
Tim Spriggs – World NoGi Champion 2018
Lucas Hulk – World NoGi Champion weight and absolute
Luiz Panza – World NoGi Champion
Vinicius 'Trator' Ferreira– Brazilian National NoGi Champion
Patrick Gaudio – Brazillian National NoGi Medalist, World Gi Silver Medalist.
Even if you aren’t competing, but you are looking for something Jiu Jitsu related to do in Vegas this week, the IBJJF have you covered with the Evexia Fit fest taking place at the event of the World masters. There are free seminars taking place every day at the event being taught by some of the greatest the sport has ever seen, including Romulo Barral, Otavio Sousa, Robert Drysdale, Bruno Malfacine, Julio Cesar and Gaudio, Leo Viera and Lucas Leite, Angelica and Andre Galvao, and the Mendes Brothers, no doubt the best line up of seminars you’ll see all year. If that isn't enough, we at Fighters Market will be at the event with some extra special deals on your favourite Gi or NoGi items, and brands such as Kingz, Maeda, Choke Republic, Progress JJ and many more so come over and say Hi !