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It's January and of course that means the start of the Gi season for the IBJJF, and the first of the IBJJF Majors; the IBJJF European Open.
The European Championships always has some of the best competitors throughout the belts travel from all corners of the globe to compete for the title of European Champion! Here at Fighters Market Europe we chose our top 5 European prospects to watch out for in the Brown belt divisions.
Ellis Younger – Lightweight – ECJJA
Progress JJ athlete Ellis Younger finished his 2019 becoming the 2019 IBJJF World NoGi Champion, he will look to continue his winning ways in to 2020 at the IBJJF European Championships. Ellis also took double gold at IBJJF Amsterdam and London Opens at the end of 2019, so he comes into this years European Championships in good form. Look for him to be challenging for the top spot in the always deep Lightweight division.
Eric Bergmann – Super Heavyweight – Gracie Barra
Nicknamed ‘Canelo’ Eric Bergmann is a Purple Super Heavyweight champion beating Devhonte Jones to win the title in 2017. After a quiet 2018, Eric would take bronze medals in 2019 at the Pan Ams and Europeans. This year at brown Super Heavyweight, competition is stiff but don’t be surprised to see him on the top step at the 2020 European championships.
Elina Moestam – Light Featherweight – Checkmat.
The current Brown belt world champion at the weight class, Elina will be looking to add the European Brown belt title to her already Gold laden medal cabinet. Winning the Europeans in 2019 as a Purple belt, Elina was promoted to brown belt shortly before the 2019 IBJJF World Championships where she would take Gold! Easily our pick for 2020 European Gold 🏆
Bilal Benmahammed – Lightweight – Cicero Costha
A European champion at Purple belt, Maeda Brand Athlete Bilal will be looking to add a brown belt European title to his resume. A medalist at the Worlds and World Pro at purple, Bilal would also take gold at the ACB World Grand Prix. Known for his tricky guard and berimbolo game watch for him at this year’s competition.
Taylor Pearman – Middleweight – ZR Team Uk
A medalist at purple belt at the Europeans, Taylor will be looking to go even better this year at the IBJJF Europeans. Known for his submission orientated style, he became BJJ Internet famous catching a ‘Cryangle’ at the 2018 European Championships, the clip would subsequently go Viral!
He’s not just known for crazy viral submissions however, he would also take Gold at multiple IBJJF Opens, including London and Dublin, and is Purple belt World NoGi Champion, check out his Instagram @taylorade96 for some slick technique videos!