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Fighters To Watch At 2018 IBJJF No Gi Worlds: Medium-Heavyweight
Even though he is without the usual lasso guard that he's been perfecting against the elite, the Marcelo Garcia rep is here to add a world gold to his 2018 Pan American No-Gi title. He won 3 fights that day, two by submission and a thin referee's decision over Nick Calvanese. With that momentum, Tinoco enters this tournament as one of the favorites.
The golden gorilla of the MGA, Matheus Diniz is one of the most physical and aggressive fighters in ANY division. With good technique and a rare level of strength for his size, Matheus will want to bully his way through a deep field. After losing a back-and-forth fight against eventual world gold medalist Lucas Barbosa in the early summer, Diniz is bringing fireworks to California for his return.
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Another BJJ star is back to defend his title as world champion. Josh Hinger won this bracket last year, and since then he has kept a strong pace, winning and closing out brackets with his Atos teammates. He's got a wicked front choke series (the "Hinger-tine") and a fluid, aggressive style. With last year putting a target on his back, how will a great fighter like Hinger respond? We'll see!
Gabriel Arges is a two-time world champion who is trying to gain back momentum heading into a new season. A specialist with the kneebar and the back take, Arges is one of the best middleweights in the world. Even still, he lost in the quarterfinals of gi worlds, leaving him off the podium for the first time since 2013. Arges's IBJJF comeback begins at this event, which is very exciting.
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The leader of the Unity team has been a mainstay on the world level for a long time, with a lot of success to his name. Still, Murilo is becoming more and more known as an effective coach, with his younger athletes crediting him for a lot of international success. How much longer will Murilo be the same smash passing, hard-nosed competitor? He's in this competition to win it all.
Kit Dale is a veteran at the world level and a wildcard in any fight. Don't let his fun personality fool you, the Australian meme-lord is a great competitor and he is a serious podium threat.
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Nick Calvanese was a referee's decision away from being an IBJJF No-Gi Pan Champion, but that decision went to Marcos Tinoco and he is left still hunting his first big IBJJF black belt gold. He's a no-gi specialist, which will give him an advantage over those who split their time. Even though he is newer to the black belt world level, events like this are very important for the development of up-and-comers like Calvanese.
Another strong prospect is Mauricio Oliveira, who is a freshman black belt after winning world titles at blue, purple, and brown in 2016, 2017, and 2018 respectively. The GF Team rep hasn't lost a fight at black belt yet (which has not been many yet) and this can be a big debut party for this young fighter.