Abu Dhabi World Pro results, video: Mica Galvao becomes youngest champion, Mesquita takes 7th title

The World Jiu-Jitsu Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Abu Dhabi returns from November 14 to 19, with the adult black belts competing on the final day of the six-day event. World Pro is a truly international event, as only two athletes per country are allowed to compete in the main event. Qualifiers take place before the main round to determine which athletes can represent their respective countries. The professional jiu-jitsu arena has been dominated by the Brazilians, and the country’s best athletes have excelled at this year’s World Pro. As a result, Brazil’s qualifying groups are very competitive, resulting in only one non-Brazilian champion this year. Here are the 2021 World Pro champions by weight class.

Men’s 56 kg class: Nathannael Fernandes

62 kg men: Diogo Reis

69 kg men: Pablo Lavaselli

77 kg men: Micael Galvao

Men’s 85 kg: Isaque Bahiense

94 kg men: Erich Munis

Men’s 120 kg: Gutemberg Pereira

Women’s 49 kg: Brenda Larissa

55 kg female: Anna Rodrigues

62 kg women: Beatriz Mesquita

Women’s 70 kg: Ingridd Sousa

Women’s 95 kg: Gabrieli Pessanha

Mica Galvao Becomes Youngest World Pro Champion in History

The 77 kg category is by far one of the hardest categories. This year’s group stage was no different, with 2018 World Pro champion Espen Mathiesen and 2019 European champion Levi Jones-Leary both in attendance. Despite the presence of these veteran black belts, Mica Galvao is at the top. Before playing for the main slot, he first qualified for Brazil. There, he defeated two of three opponents, and defeated world champion Leo Lara brown belt IBJJF in the semifinals. In the main round, Galvao advanced to the final after knocking out Levi Jones-Leary with a triangle choke. Espen Mathiesen also had a great run in the 77 kg class, passing 2/3 of the opponent before meeting Mica. Their match began with a double guard pull, with Mica eventually coming forward and finding a way through. Espen excelled in keeping his footing and began attacking Mica’s back with a signal with one minute left in the game. Reflective mica has a tight straight leg buckle and has a 46-second spout on the watch. With the win, Mica became the youngest World Pro black belt champion in history at the age of 18.

Beatriz Mesquita won 7NS World Pro title

While there were plenty of new champions crowned at World Pro 2021, there was one familiar face in particular who put on one of the tournament’s best performances. Gracie Humaita’s Beatriz Mesquita entered the tournament in search of her number 7NS world title. Beer overcame her first three opponents on the way to the final, where she will face Margot Ciccarelli of Unity Jiu-Jitsu. Since receiving her black belt in May 2021, Margot has competed regularly and recently finished 2NS at IBJJF Pan Ams in 2021. In the final, Beer closed the guard and quickly got to work. She sank in a choking lap and got her 4th win of the tournament and a 7NS World Pro title in the process.

Pablo Lavaselli wins second title in new weight class

At World Pro 2020, Pablo Lavaselli won his first title in the 77 kg category. This time he dropped to 69 kg in search of his second title. In the final, he faced Israel Almeida, who won the 69 kg category in 2020. The match started with Lavaselli pulling the keeper and rushing in to sweep. Almeida did her best to string the defending passing efforts together, but Lavaselli’s versatility and skill at keeping the guard came into play. The sweep came with about a minute left in the game, and Lavaselli was able to hold on to seal a 2-0 victory. With the win, Lavaselli not only claimed his second World Pro title, but also became the only non-Brazilian champion in 2021.

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