Keenan Continues Win Streak in NYC


The 2017 IBJJF New York BJJ Pro provided plenty of action in big-time matchups and upsets, and showcased some of the young talent on the East Coast.

Keenan Cornelius (Atos) and Tayane Porfirio (Alliance) continued their dominant runs in 2017.

Cornelius moves into fifth-place in the IBJJF black belt rankings and took home the $4,000 after defeating Tim Spriggs (Lloyd Irvin) by a 9-0 score in the final.  Porfirio would win the women’s black belt open division after defeating Nathiely de Jesus (Cicero Costha) on advantages in a rematch of their Worlds open class final.

A clear theme to this tournament was the dominance of a new generation of athletes from Team Lloyd Irvin, led by black belts Jamil Hill-Taylor and Aarae Alexander.

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Last modified: November 20, 2017

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