The Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation (SJJIF) is awarding over $68,000 in prize money to its world championship winners this weekend in Long Beach, CA. Naturally this has brought out some of the top athletes in jiu-jitsu.
The men’s divisions contain an incredible amount of talent and some of the most dominant competitors on the scene today. Erberth Santos (Esquadrao), Keenan Cornelius (Atos), Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa (Atos), Tarsis Humphreys (Alliance), Isaac Doederlein (Alliance), Yan “Pica Pau” Lucas (Ribeiro), Max Gimenis (GF Team), Gustavo Dias (Ribeiro), and Diego Ramalho (ZR Team) are a few of the big names registered. Santos, Cornelius, and Barbosa are three of jiu-jitsu’s most active athletes and each of them is on a tear in 2017.
Santos, formerly of Atos but now heading his own team, has won Worlds and Pans already in 2017. Along the way he has amassed a 63-7 win-loss record this year, with 29 of those victories coming by submission. In his three years at black belt, he has victories over such names as Andre Galvao, Romulo Barral, Felipe Pena, Bernardo Faria, Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu, Nicholas Meregali, Tim Spriggs, Jackson Souza, and Mahamed Aly.
Atos teammates Hulk and Cornelius have seemingly been competing at everything lately, with at least one of them usually winning an absolute division every weekend. Both men won the 2017 IBJJF American Nationals as well as several international opens each. Hulk is 42-7 in 2017 with 14 submissions, while Cornelius is 37-2 with an incredible 30 of those wins coming by submission. Both of Cornelius’ losses this year have come in no-gi competition.
Cornelius vs. Santos is a matchup that fans have been dying to see, and this will most likely be the first meeting of many between the two. The clash of styles in Santos’ fast-paced, blitz-style passing and Cornelius’ worm guard is certainly an intriguing fight to look forward to this weekend.
Last modified: October 27, 2017