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 !
Andre Galvao vs Braulio Estima 2008 World finals Medium Heavy division–
Andre Galvao and Braulio would battle many times throughout their careers, this was Andres first foray into the u88kg division. The match would start with Galvao jumping a flying triangle at the start, which he would switch to omoplata. Estima grinded out this submission for a few minutes, before escaping. From here Galvao would recover closed guard and hit a lumberjack sweep where Braulio would try for a footlock abandoning itand then getting back on top. Galvao would hit a very slick half guard sweep and From galvaos relentless passing, a mix of pressure and standing he would force Braulio to turtle where he would take the back, catch a choke and force Braulio to tap for his third world title and first in the Medium heavy division. A great back and forth match up.
Leandro Lo vs Buchecha world absolute finals 2017 –
These two athletes are the best of friends, however that hasn’t stopped them battling on the IBJJF World Championship mats. In 2017 they met in the finals, Kingz athlete Leandro was after his first Absolute world title against a man who has the most World Titles in IBJJF history. This was a back and forth match up, with Buchechas Relentless passing up against Lo’s legendary guard. With 35 seconds left the score was tied 2-2 but Buchecha was up as Leandro had a penalty point. Leandro would come up for a sweep which would turn into a single leg attempt as he would try to finish, he hit the brick wall that is Buchecha and Buchecha was able to stay on top and win the match. Resulting in the iconic image of both man flat on their back after giving it their all.
Rodolfo Vs Buchecha Series
One of the greatest BJJ rivalries of all time, off the mats these two are great friends that did not stop them going to war every time they came up against each other. It is impossible to pick only one match. Luckily the IBJJF Youtube page has 3 of their epic battles available on their Youtube channel. We recommend watching all of them, with lots to be learnt between the stand up game of both competitors and passing abilities of both.
Keenan Cornelius vs Nicholas Meregali 2019 Absolute Quarter Finals
Last year this matchup had the whole of the Pyramid standing throughout the match. Keenan Cornelius would take the win 2-0 on points, playing a very strategic game. Nicholas Meregali would rack up 10 advantage points on a variety of near submissions, multiple loop chokes, back attacks and sweeps. Despite being low scoring, this was a very exciting match up, and if you want a further breakdown on the match up, Keenan Cornelius and Josh Hinger break it down on Youtube on Keenan Cornelius’s Youtube channel.
Rikako Yuasa vs Mayssa Bastos 2019 Female Roosterweight Finals
While not as explosive as the other matches on this list, this match up is a technicians dream, both athletes have an amazing guard game. Pitting Rikako Yuasa’s Lasso Guard against Mayssa Bastos Berimbolo and lapel game. The match was back and forth with the Rookie Black Belt Mayssa taking the win over the 4 time black belt world champion Yuasa by advantage with score level at 6-6. A great technical match up.