The middleweight division seemingly opened up when six-time BJJ Pro champion Otavio Sousa (Gracie Barra) pulled out of the competition with an injury.
At the San Diego BJJ Pro, Sousa closed out the semifinal with teammate Victor Silverio, who is registered for New York. Silverio also recently came out on top of a stacked bracket at the UAEJJF Los Angeles Grand Slam.
Reigning middleweight world silver medalist Marcos Tinoco (Alliance) will be a roadblock in Silverio’s way to the top of the podium. Tinoco is currently 1-0 against Silverio, with the win coming from a referee decision. DJ Jackson (Lloyd Irvin), Felipe Silva (Barbosa), Dante Leon (GF Team), and Manuel Ribamar (NS Brotherhood) should all be in contention for the gold medal in this deep middleweight bracket.
Last modified: November 17, 2017