Marinho, Guedes Dominate at BJJ's No-Gi Worlds
October 11 | 2021
Pedro Marinho and Rafaela Guedes gave standout performances both winning double gold medals in the men's and women's black belt divisions at this weekend's International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation's No-Gi World Championships in Garland, Texas. Marinho captured the men's 91 kg category for his first ever black belt world title before going on to defeat 97+ kg winner Roberto Abreu by decision for the open weight championship.
Guedes, who has been on fire in the female ranks recently, continued to shine claiming the women's 76 kg division then beating 71 kg winner Elisabeth Clay to take the women's open weight title. Also notable was men's 55 kg champion Estevan Martinez who was the only black belt competitor to win every one of his matches by submission. This was the first no-gi world championship since 2019 and the first ever to allow heel hooks. No one took better advantage than Lucas Silva who won his first two matches in the men's 73 kg division by heel hook before losing to Gianni Grippo in the finals.
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