With the world under lockdown due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the IBJJF have been releasing many BJJ matches that have taken place at their events, from smaller City open matches to IBJJF world championship finals. While there is way too many matches to watch them all, we at Fighters Market Europe have picked a few of our favourite matches to get you started !
Today we have chosen our favourites from the only major IBJJF event to take place this year, the 2020 European Championships.
Mikey Musumeci vs Seif Eddine Houmine - Absolute division - Elimination round
At the 2020 IBJJF European Championships, Roosterweight World Champion Mikey Musumeci entered the absolute division. A rare occurance from competitors from the lightest of weight classes. His explanation was he wanted to show Jiu Jitsu works no matter the size of the opponent, and that technique prevails. In his second match up he faced the Giant that is Seif Eddine Houmine, who is big even for the Ultra Heavyweight division. This was a battle of Seif's top game against Mikey's unpassable guard. Mikey who could close his guard around Seif would use a spider/lasso guard to defend any of Seif's passes. In the end the match was decided by Penalties which Seif incurred but was a display of Mikey's guard and retention, the venue went wild when Mikey had his hand raised.
Thalison Soares vs Bruno Malfacine - Roosterweight Quarterfinals
It seems Bruno Malfacine has been involved in a couple 'Passing the torch' moments, from his battle with Mikey Musumeci at the 2019 worlds to this years Europeans, Bruno faced off with the surging Roosterweight prospect, Thalison Soares. This was Thalison's first IBJJF Gi Major at black belt, after winning the 2019 NoGi World Championships. This was a close battle with both competitors sweeping eachother. The difference was Thalisons straight foot lock attempts which looked painful, the referee woud award Thalison the advantage, giving him the victory.
Adam Wardzinski VS Dimitrius Souza - Heavyweight Semi finals.
Everyone knows what Wardzinski is going to do from the guard, but no one seems to be able to stop it ! Dimitrius Souza is a former European champion and a Brazillian National champion, pulling guard immediately Wardzinski was forced to play top. After five minuted of Wardzinski trying to pass Souza's Guard he was swept. But Wardzinski would sweep right back, with, you guessed it ! A butterfly sweep. Wardzinski managed to sweep right into a horrible pressure passing position, smashing Souza's legs together. Here he was able to pass right to the back and submit Souza with a choke.
Tommy Langaker VS Ronaldo Junior - Middleweight Semi Finals
One of the most anticipated match ups of the whole tournament, The Viking Tommy Langaker faced off against Kingz athlete Ronaldo Junior in the Middleweight semi finals. Both athletes are all action, Ronaldo mainly with his non stop passing style and Langaker with his constant submission hunting from the guard. After a couple of minutes of Ronaldo trying to pass Langakers guard, constantly switching side to side, Langaker shot up a lightning quick triangle, which he was able to lock in and force Ronaldo to tap.
Ffion Davies VS Patricia Caiado - Absolute division - Elimination Rounds
Ffion's double gold performance was one of the best seen at the European Championships in the past decade, truly dominant in all her matches, in this match up available on the IBJJF Channel, Ffion had a textbook performance, with a beautiful judo trip into side control, followed by a transition to mount and an armbar to finish ! A perfect performance from the Kingz athlete.