This Wednesday the 25th marks the last day to sign up for the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship. A number of submission savants may still pop up on the roster, but the ones already confirmed at black belt are plenty guarantee sparks will fly at the pyramid in Long Beach, California. Don’t miss the chance to compete among the best in the world; sign up here.
While enrollment rolls along at a steady pace, check out some of the big names already on the roster and take a look at the divisions already promising fireworks. To check the full roster so far, click here.
Roosterweight (14 signed up)
The tiniest competitors always bring the goods. Caio Terra, one of last year’s finalists, already figures on the lineup. Bruno Malfacine, the champion, has yet to appear. But don’t be surprised if some airborne Japanese, like Makoto Sawada, Yusuke Honma and Koji Shibamoto, show up in the mix.
Gabriel Alexander Rosberg
Rafael de Freitas
Light featherweight (22 signed up)
Champion of 2010 Pablo Silva is in. But there are other aces, like 2009′s champion Guilherme Mendes, adding broth to the stew.
Carlos Vieira Holanda
Pablo da Silva Santos
Featherweight (20 signed up)
Becoming champion of the featherweight division is never smooth sailing, especially when the gang from Atos is in the race. Add to the mix two-time champion Mario Reis, last year’s third place Denílson Pimenta, the USA’s Ryan Hall, veterans Wellington Megaton and Gabriel Willcox, and you have a recipe for excitement.
Lightweight (34 signed up)
Another division with big-name fighters coming at you from every which way. The current champion, Michael Langhi, will have his hands full with the likes of three-time champion Celso Venícius and the promising Leandro Lo, who this year outdid the champ twice, at the Brazilian Nationals and the World Pro.
Leandro Pereira Lo
Philipe Della Monica
Marcos Alejandro Torregrosa
Augusto Mendes Tanquinho
Middleweight (23 signed up)
More names are bound to crop up before sign-ups are over, but back belts like Claudio Calasans – aiming for a first world title – are already assurance enough that the level will be through the roof.
Medium heavyweight (20 signed up)
Rômulo Barral was injured in the divisional final in 2010, keeping him from facing Roger Gracie in the absolute final. This season Barral is back among the favorites, with the help of teammate Otávio de Sousa.
Otávio de Souza
Benjamin Ross Baxter
Heavyweight (11 signed up)
Current champion Bernardo Faria will have his hands full against beasts like Rafael Lovato and Alexandro Ceconi.
Bernardo Augusto de Faria
Rafael Lovato Jr
Superheavyweight (seven signed up)
Bochecha is the hands-down favorite, seeing as Lúcio Lagarto has run into trouble getting his US visa. But Roger Gracie may still show up to make things interesting.
Marcus Vinicius de Almeida
Ultraheavyweight (11 signed up)
Cavaca will defend his title, but Roberto Cyborg and the massive Fabiano “Pega Leve” will be monumental obstacles for him in securing his second world title.
Roberto de Abreu Filho
Fabiano Andre Scherner
Among the fairer tapout artists, Michelle Nicolini, Fabiana Alves Borges and Ana Carolina are confirmed for the featherweight contest; Luanna Alzuguir is the big name at lightweight; Hannette Staack and Hillary Williams are in the middleweight mix; Talita “Treta” Nogueira and Tammy Griego are signed up at medium heavyweight; and Gabrielle Garcia is gunning for another title at heavyweight.