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The only other thought I have on the NG Worlds is that it continues to fail to get the best of the best to compete (no Marcelo, Braulio, Galvao, Mendes Bros., Werdum, etc.). It's still a distant second to ADCC. Hopefully that will change as the tournament gains popularity over time (this is only the 5th No Gi Worlds tournament).
Here's a quick lowdown of the black belt divisions:
• ROOSTER: Brandon Mullins wins gold for the 2nd time, defeating Joseph Capizzi 5-0
• LIGHT FEATHER: Caio Terra beats Laercio Lima in a pitch sweeps battle. Caio's 4th no-gi title. Afterward, he revealed he had little time to train due to injuries. Props to him, despite his overt fauxhawk.
• FEATHER: Cobrinha proves he's still the man, submitting last year's champ Justin Rader. Cobrinha decided at the last minute to compete, and, I believe, had to cut some serious weight.
• LIGHT: Lucas Lepri wins by advantage over Tanquinho. A 0-0 tactical battle.
• MIDDLE: Victor Estima wins via footlock sub over Thiago Aragão.
• MIDDLE HEAVY: Raphael Lovato Jr. defeats Pablo Popovitch (4-0). It's been a tough year for Weapon X. Huge props to RLJr.
• HEAVY: Lucas Leite over Tussa (Roberto) via advantage.
• SUPER HEAVY: Buchecha subs Antonio Peinado for gold.
• ULTRA HEAVY: Cyborg Abreu subs Ricardo Feliciano for gold.
• ABSOLUTE: Buchecha and João Assis close out the division, with Buchecha receiving the gold.
• FEATHER: Michele Nicolini subs Nyjah Easton for gold.
• LIGHT: Bia Mesquita wins 2-0 over Tracey Goodell
• MIDDLE: Rachel Leigh kneebars Emily kwok in a come-from-behind sub.
• HEAVY: Emily Wetzel subs Katrina Weilbacher fro gold.
• ABSOLUTE: Nicolina subs Bia Mesquita.