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Mundials Picks

Here's who I have:

Galo- Caio Terra
Pluma - Dai Yoshioka
Pena - Rafael Mendes
Leve - Lucas Lepri
Medio - Marcelo Garcia
Meio Pesado - Otavio Souza
Pesado - Braulio Estima
Super Pesado - Roger Gracie
Pesadissimo - Leandro Santos

What say you?

 http://www.ibjjf.org/listamundial2009cat.pdf



Quick thoughts:



Rooster

Mundials 2008 Winner: Caio Terra

Pan Ams 2009 Winner: joao carlos kuraoka

Brasilieros 2009 Winner: Bruno Malfacine

Favourites: Bruno Malfacine or Caio Terra



Light Feather

Mundials 2008 Winner: Samuel Braga

Pan Ams 2009 Winner: yoshihiko matsumoto

Brasilieros 2009 Winner: Pablo Santos

Favourites: Samuel Braga, Dai Yoshioka, Bernardo Pitel, Guilherme Mendes



Feather

Mundials 2008 Winner: Cobrinha

Pan Ams 2009 Winner: Cobrinha

Brasilieros 2009 Winner: Bruno Frazatto

Favourites: Cobrinha, Bruno Frazatto, Rafael Mendes, Mario Reis,Gabriel Willcox.



Light

Mundials 2008 Winner:

Pan Ams 2009 Winner: lucas lepri

Brasilieros 2009 Winner: Michael Langhi

Favourites: Lucas Lepri, Michael Langhi

Surprise omission: No Celso Vinicius?



Middle - goddam this category will be awesome

Mundials 2008 Winner: Sergio Moraes

Pan Ams 2009 Winner: lucas leite

Brasilieros 2009 Winner: Alan “Finfou” Nascimento

Favourites: Marcelo Garcia, Sergio Moraes, Guto Campos, Kron, Finfou, Claudio Calasans, Lucas Leite all have a shot. I would love to see Finfou vs Garcia.

Surprise omission: No Bill Cooper?



Middle-Heavy

Mundials 2008 Winner: Andre Galvao

Pan Ams 2009 Winner: otavio sousa

Brasilieros 2009 Winner: Rafael Abi-Rihan

Favourites: Otavio Sousa, Marcel Louzado, Tarsis, Romulo Barral.

Surprise omission: No Andre Galvao or Murilo Santana?



Heavy

Mundials 2008 Winner: Xande Ribeiro

Pan Ams 2009 Winner: roberto alencar

Brasilieros 2009 Winner: Jefferson Moura

Favourites: Roberto Abreu, Braulio Estima, Roberto Alencar, Xande Souza. A return to competition by Dustin Denes and Kurt Osiander too but with no Xande, this is Braulio's to lose i think.

Surprise omission: No Xande Ribiero?



Super Heavy

Mundials 2008 Winner: Antonio Braga Neto

Pan Ams 2009 Winner: Antonio Braga Neto

Brasilieros 2009 Winner: Antonio Braga Neto

Favourites: I could mention Lovato, Lucio Rodrigues, Comprido etc, but this is Roger's category and heis looking for a 6th gold in a row.

Surprise omission: No Braga Neto?



Pesadissimo

Mundials 2008 Winner: Roger Gracie

Pan Ams 2009 Winner: Marcio Corleta

Brasilieros 2009 Winner: Leonardo Leite

Favourites: Roger is back down to Super Pesado and Cavaca has switched up to this cat, Corleta anad Leo Santos are probably best shots.

Surprise omission: Thought PDP might give it a shot after doing the Euros.



Absolute

Mundials 2008 Winner: Xande Ribeiro

Pan Ams 2009 Winner: Antonio Braga Neto

Brasilieros 2009 Winner: Gabriel Vella/Tarsis Humphreys

Favourites: Xande isn't on that list, so it could be anyones - Roger will be hungry to double up for a second time tho...

wow, a substantial thread

Marcelo will win Middle.
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and the absolute :)

Braulio will tap anyone but Roger.

Galo - Bruno Malfacine
Pluma - Guilherme Mendes
Pena - Rubens Charles
Leve - Michael Langhi
Medio - Marcelo Garcia
Meio Pesado - Romulo Barral
Pesado - Braulio Estima
Super Pesado - Roger Gracie
Pessadissimo - Gabriel Vella

does anyone know if Ricardo Vieira is competing this year? Tere was rumor but I see no mention here

Zazen Tranquilo - Galo - Bruno Malfacine
Pluma - Guilherme Mendes
Pena - Rubens Charles
Leve - Michael Langhi
Medio - Marcelo Garcia
Meio Pesado - Romulo Barral
Pesado - Braulio Estima
Super Pesado - Roger Gracie
Pessadissimo - Gabriel Vella


Your picks for pena, leve, and meio pesado are my second choices.

Cobrinha just lost to mendes, and will want revenge, but Mendes with the breakthrough win might have momentum. Wonder if he will have to see Frazatto before Cobrinha, or Cobrinha before the finals.

Langhi off the win on Marcelo almost made him my first pick. I don't know, I think Lepri will pull it off. Should be good.

Romulo Barral is a bad ass too. Otavio Souza or him was a toss up for me, but I like Otavio a lot and think he will finally get the gold.

Will get more interesting when the brackets are postd. Wonder what the upsets of this tournament will be.

I've got Rafael Mendes for Pena!

kying418 - Marcelo will win Middle.
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I would love for this to happen :) Marcelo is one of my absolute favorites!



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i'd love to see Dai Yoshioka finally take it this year.

"does anyone know if Ricardo Vieira is competing this year? Tere was rumor but I see no mention here"

No he cannot even fly out to watch or coach this year. Its a shame because he would definately shake things up in whatever division he fights in.

I am predicting Tarsis to win the Absolute division!

Preta Adulto Masculino Pesado- Rodrigo Pinheiro

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Peace Blue

my list is identical to Zazen Tranquilo's

Why no Robert Drysdale, I know that he has signed to compete against Roger Gracie at ADCC, but outside of that, is he done with jj?

Frazatto and Rafael Mendes probably won't fight each other. Frazatto was up an advantage on Cobrinha before getting submitted by the toehold last year, while Mendes just beat Cobrinha with his 50/50 gameplan. I've got no idea who will get the bye if they end up in the same bracket. Mendes probably has the best chance of beating Cobrinha since Frazatto is smaller.

That's a brave pick for Guillerme Mendes. Braga's in that div and Dai Yoshioka will go for it this year, as I understand it will be third time lucky for him, and he'll be hungry.

I wonder how Garcia vs Kron would pan out.

robhustle - Here's who I have:

Galo- Caio Terra
Pluma - Dai Yoshioka
Pena - Rafael Mendes
Leve - Lucas Lepri
Medio - Marcelo Garcia
Meio Pesado - Otavio Souza
Pesado - Braulio Estima
Super Pesado - Roger Gracie
Pesadissimo - Leandro Santos

What say you?

I think there are a lot of folks in the mix that will make it exciting this year. I can't wait to see how this pans out. I like these picks, except Cobrinha will take his division. Sergio Moraes will be in the mix too.