IBJJF Pan: Gabi wins double gold, Gutemberg wins the Open Weight

IBJJF Pan: Gabi wins double gold, Gutemberg wins the Open Weight

The 2024 IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Pan in Kissimmee, Florida, showcased an impressive array of talents in the adult black belt division. The final day was particularly remarkable, with standout performances from Gabi Pessanha and Gutemberg Pereira.

Gabi Pessanha, a formidable force in women’s jiu-jitsu, clinched double gold, dominating both her weight class and the absolute division. In a compelling display of skill, Pessanha first secured a victory in the super-heavyweight final by submitting Mayara Custódio with a choke. She continued her winning streak in the absolute final against Izadora Cristina, demonstrating her supremacy in the division by submitting her opponent in under a minute.

In the men’s division, Gutemberg Pereira captured the spotlight by winning the open weight title. Although he narrowly missed out on double gold, finishing second in his weight division, Pereira’s performance was nothing short of impressive. His victory was sealed with a triumphant submission using a triangle against Marcus Scooby, marking his first Jiu-Jitsu Pan title.

The tournament also saw remarkable achievements from other competitors. Mica Galvão, in the middleweight final, showcased his skills by overcoming Andy Murasaki with a well-executed armbar. In the featherweight division, Diego Pato displayed remarkable efficiency, submitting Malachi James in just over a minute with an ankle lock. Meanwhile, Fellipe Andrew earned his fifth black belt championship in the heavyweight division with a 4-0 victory over Pedro Henrique.

The lightweight and light heavyweight divisions witnessed first-time champions. Jackson Nagai edged out Natan Freitas with a narrow advantage, while Uanderson Ferreira claimed victory with a last-second choke against Mateus Rodrigues.

In the bantamweight and featherweight categories, Thalison Soares and Kennedy Maciel respectively secured titles, further solidifying their positions in the sport.

Among the female competitors, Mayssa Bastos and Larissa Campos stood out with their impressive performances. Bastos claimed her fourth Jiu-Jitsu Pan championship in the featherweight division with a stunning comeback and submission. Maria Luzia and Thalyta Silva also marked their names in the competition’s history with remarkable victories in their respective divisions.

Team-wise, Alliance clinched the adult men’s title with an impressive 106 points. Dream Art led the women’s division with a strong 73-point finish. The juvenile, novice, and masters categories saw wins from Art of Jiu Jitsu, Pedigo Submission Fighting, and Gracie Barra, respectively.

Jiu-Jitsu Pan Results:

  • Male Black Belt Finals:
    • Bantamweight: Thalison Soares (Art of Jiu Jitsu) def. Rodnei Barbosa (CheckMat) on advantages
    • Featherweight: Diego Pato (Art of Jiu Jitsu) submitted Malachi James (Team Lloyd Irvin)
    • Featherweight: Kennedy Maciel (Alliance) def. Fabrício Andrey (Alliance) 2-0 on points
    • Lightweight: Jackson Nagai (CheckMat) def. Natan Freitas (Fratres Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) on advantages
    • Middleweight: Mica Galvão (Melqui Galvão Jiu-Jitsu) submitted Andy Murasaki (Atos Jiu-Jitsu)
    • Light Heavyweight: Uanderson Ferreira (Carlson Gracie Team) submitted Mateus Rodrigues (Art of Jiu-Jitsu)
    • Heavyweight: Felipe Andrew (Alliance) def. Pedro Henrique de Souza (Atos Jiu-Jitsu) 4-0 on points
    • Absolute: Gutemberg Pereira (Art of Jiu Jitsu) submitted Marcus Scooby (Alliance)
  • Female Black Belt Finals:
    • Featherweight: Mayssa Caldas Pereira Bastos (Art of Jiu Jitsu) submitted Jessica Caroline Coelho (Fratres Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)
    • Featherweight: Larissa Campos (Art of Jiu Jitsu) def. Maria Luiza Nunes (JFC Almeida JJ) 10-2 on points
    • Lightweight: Janaina Menezes (Art of Jiu-Jitsu) def. Sabrina Ataíde (Frates Jiu-Jitsu) by referee decision
    • Middleweight: Thalyta Lima (Fratres Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) def. Vanessa Griffin (Crazy BB) 2-0 on points
    • Heavyweight: Izadora Silva (DreamArt) def. Thainara Aparecida (Fratres Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) 7-0 on points
    • Super Heavyweight: Gabreili Pessanha (Infight JJ) submitted Mayara Monteiro Custodio (Checkmat)
    • Absolute: Gabi Pessanha (Infight JJ) submitted Izadora Silva (DreamArt)