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The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation staged its Pan American No-Gi Championships in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend though with a field missing many elite grapplers due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The women's black belt competition could only muster enough participants to fill out two of it's scheduled seven divisions.

The men's black belt competition did see multi-time IBJJF no-gi world champion Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa capture the heavyweight class while ADCC world champion Kaynan Duarte took the super heavyweight class. The two teammates from the Atos squad then met in the finals of the absolute division but disappointingly opted not to compete against each other.

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The ADCC World Championships, the most prestigious event in no-gi grappling, announced they will be postponing their 2021 tournament until 2022 due to the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tournament director Mo Jassim cited the need to hold trials - several qualifying events have already been canceled - and a desire to have spectators at the championships as reasons for the postponement.

The biennial tournament was originally slated for September 2021 in Las Vegas but the ADCC now plans to hold it sometime early in 2022.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu's Pan American Championships concluded in Kissimmee, FL Sunday with Fellipe Andrew defeating Gustavo Batista 3-0 on advantage points to claim the men's black belt openweight division. The Checkmat squad lead all teams with 9 medals among men's black belt competitors.

The women's black belt divisions saw the Atos team lead the way with six medals including teammates Luiza Monteiro and Rafaela Guedes, who both made the finals of the women's openweight class but chose not to compete against each other. The tournament was a bit more wide open this year with the Covid-19 pandemic keeping some of the top black belt competitors from attending.

In a match of ADCC world champions, Gordon Ryan came out on top over Matheus Diniz in the main event of the Who's Number One grappling show held in Austin, TX Friday. Ryan, who won the 99 kg division and the absolute division at last years ADCC world championships, secured a heel hook with 17:45 left in the 30 minute submission only match to claim victory.

The co-main event saw Craig Jones also win via heel hook against Roberto Jimenez. Both Ryan and Jones had dropped out of the previous Who's Number One show in July after testing positive for Covid-19.

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