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No-Gi Worlds: the black belt champions

Marcus Vinicius, aka Bochecha, took first place in the open class. Photos: John Cooper.

The No-Gi Worlds went down in California this Saturday, with 900 taking to the mats but just one leaving with the main throne. Marcus Vinicius “Bochecha” of CheckMat was the grand champion of the absolute black belt division and became the king of Long Beach for the first time, closing out with João Assis, Bochecha’s teammate who agreed to be runner-up between the two.

The Worlds had other standouts in the adult black belt division, as you can see below. Michelle Nicolini won the absolute among the women with a submission over Bia Mesquita. In the overall team contest, CheckMat took first and Gracie Barra came in second. In the master division, Fabiano Pega-Leve won the absolute.

For complete results, check out IBJJF.org.

Absolute: Marcus Vinicius (CheckMat) and João Assis (CheckMat) closed out the bracket.

Rooster: Brandon Mullins def. Joseph Capizzi (5 – 0)

Light feather: Caio Terra def. Laércio Fernandes by 3 advantage points (4 – 4 on points)

Feather:  Rubens Cobrinha choked Justin Rader from the back, with 12 seconds to go

Light: Lucas Lepri def. Augusto Tanquinho by 1 advantage point (0 – 0)

Middle: Victor Estima def. Thiago Aragão (footlock)

Medium-heavy: Rafael Lovato Jr def. Pablo Popovitch by 4 – 0 (penalty and sweep)

Heavyweight: Lucas Leite def. Roberto Tussa by 1 advantage point

Superheavy: Marcus Bochecha subbed Antonio Peinado (arm-and-neck choke)

Ultraheavy: Roberto Cyborg subbed Ricardo Feliciano (triangle)

Lovato (on top) against Pablo Popovitch. Photo: John Cooper.

Female

Absolute: Michelle Nicolini subbed Bia Mesquita (footlock)

Feather: Michelle Nicolini subbed Nyjah Easton (armbar)

Light: Bia Mesquita def. Tracey Goodell by points (takedown)

Middle: Rachel Leigh subbed Emily Kwok (kneebar)

Heavy: Emily Wetzel subbed Katrina Weilbacher (rear-naked choke).

More on IBJJF.org. Full results here!

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