After Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro’s win against Lucas Leite in the heavyweight division in this weekend’s 2015 IBJJF Worlds, the camera zooms in on his older brother, the legendary 5x World Champion Saulo Riberio, sobbing into his hands. Perhaps this image represents the essence of the Worlds – the emotional rollercoaster that is forever present, especially in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Today, Evolve Daily curates the greatest moments in the 2015 IBJJF Worlds:
1) The Upsets
Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida loses to Ricardo Evangelista in the absolute division quarter-finals
The man favored to win the entire division, “Buchecha” unfortunately lost 4-3 on advantages to Evangelista. He also suffered a knee injury, taking him out of the competition completely.
Michelle Nicolini loses to Mackenzie Dern in the women’s featherweight division finals
Dubbed the most exciting women’s BJJ match in history, 8x women’s featherweight champion Michelle Nicolini found herself caught in Dern’s bow and arrow choke in the last minute of the match.
Keenan Cornelius loses to Tim Sprigg in the men’s heavyweight division quarter- finals
Former Team Lloyd Irvin teammates Keenan Cornelius and Tim Sprigg meet on the mats once again after Cornelius’ win at the 2015 Pan Ams. With a little over two minutes left in the match, Sprigg was able to score a takedown, earning him the only two points made in the entire match.
2) The Rivalry
Rafael Mendes defeats Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles in the men’s featherweight division finals
A rivalry that began almost 10 years ago, it would seem as if the two were destined to meet in the finals once again. Last weekend, Mendes celebrated his fifth win in the Worlds, which is his fourth win over Charles.
3) The New Champions
Leandro Lo is the new men’s medium heavyweight champion
His first foray into the division, Leandro Lo looks like he is set to beat Saulo Ribeiro’s record as the best pound-for-pound competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Claudio Calasans is the new men’s middleweight champion
After two years of being in second place, this year was Calasans’ time to stand in the spotlight. With his incredible athletic performance over the weekend, there is no doubt that his reward was much deserved.
Mackenzie Dern is the new women’s featherweight champion
As if defeating absolute champion Gabrielle Garcia in the Abu Dhabi World Pro wasn’t enough, Mackenzie Dern took out another longtime champion, Michelle Nicolini this weekend. In an action packed match, both women were relentless with their submission attempts. In the end, it was Dern who took home the gold medal.
4) The Comeback
Alexandre Ribeiro defeats Lucas Leite in the men’s heavyweight division finals
Newly crowned 7x BJJ world champion Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro showed no qualms about reminding the BJJ community of his stature in the heavyweight division. Ribeiro was cool, calm and collected in each of his matches, proving that his return to the competition scene was worth it.
5) The Record Breaker
Bruno Malfacine now holds the record of 7x men’s roosterweight world champion
Without Caio Terra in the division, it would seem inevitable that Malfacine and Miyao would meet in the finals once again. Unfortunately for Miyao, the judges scored one advantage in favor of Malfacine.
Tell us, which matches were your favorite?