Not Many Americans in the Top 100 BJJ Competitors

The IBJJF released the list of the top 100 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors. The first thing you notice is that the top 100 really put the “Brazilian” in “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu”. There are many names I don’t know, but I can only count the “American” competitors I know on one hand: JT Torres, Rafael Lovato Jr, Zak Maxwell, and … that’s all I know.

Of course, the Brazilian / American line fades slowly as many of the top coaches and competitors all live, train, and teach in the United States anyway. Many of them have become, or soon will become, American citizens. Still, one thing is clear, if you placed at an IBJJF tournament in the black belt adult division, you are 20 times more likely to have been born in Brazil than any other country. Jiu jitsu is spreading all of the world, but that has not yet made a dramatic impact at the Worlds in the black belt division.

Here is the full 100 list with some links. Note that I shorten the first 20 names to what they are more commonly referred to as vs their full birth name.

  1. Rodolfo Vieira
  2. Bernardo Faria
  3. Marcus Almeida (aka “Buchecha”)
  4. Bruno Malfacine
  5. Leo Nogueira
  6. Rafael Mendes
  7. Caio Terra
  8. Guilherme Mendes
  9. Otavio de Sousa
  10. Leandro Lo
  11. Romulo Barral
  12. Claudio Calasans
  13. Nivaldo de Oliveira Lima
  14. Sergio Moraes
  15. Antônio Carlos Junior
  16. Antonio Braga Neto
  17. Michael Langhi
  18. Bruno Frazatto
  19. Samir Chantre
  20. Lucas Lepri
  21. Alexander Trans
  22. JT Torres
  23. Rafael Monteiro Barbosa
  24. Rodrigo Henrique Cavaca
  25. Ary de Melo Farias
  26. Bruno Augusto Togni Antunes
  27. Augusto Lopes Mendes
  28. Lucas Joas Gomes Leite
  29. Alexandro Ceconi de Souza
  30. Roberto de Abreu Filho
  31. Marcelo Garcia Vespúcio
  32. Rubens Charles Maciel
  33. Rodrigo Fajardo
  34. Victor de Oliveira Estima
  35. Gilbert Alexander Pontes Burns
  36. Gustavo Ramos Campos
  37. Laercio Fernandes
  38. Vitor Henrique Silva Oliveira
  39. Roger Gracie
  40. Pablo da Silva Santos
  41. Gustavo dos Santos Pires
  42. Rafael  Freitas
  43. Kayron Gracie
  44. Carlos Vieira Holanda
  45. Philipe Cançado Della Monica
  46. Rafael Lovato Jr.
  47. Igor Silva
  48. Oliver Leys Geddes
  49. Tarsis Carvalho Humphreys
  50. Daniel Beleza G. de Andrade
  51. Roberto Satoshi de Souza
  52. Michael George Wilson
  53. José Tiago da Silva Barros
  54. Lucio Furtado Rodrigues
  55. Felipe P. da Costa e Silva
  56. Leonardo Fernandes Saggioro
  57. Bruno Bastos Cruz
  58. Murilo Silva Ferreira de Santana
  59. Koji Shibamoto
  60. Eduardo Ramos da Silva
  61. Diogo Sampaio Araujo
  62. Ricardo Ferreira Evangelista
  63. Andre Luiz Leite Galvão
  64. David Juliano Lemes
  65. Antonio Carlos Alexandre Peinado
  66. Vinícius Tavares Marinho
  67. Igor Rodrigues dos Santos
  68. Thiago Gaia Taciano de Oliveira
  69. Renan Borges
  70. Francielio Fernandes da Costa
  71. Pedro Régis da Cunha Mello
  72. Vitor Fabio Martins Toledo
  73. Antonio Antonioli
  74. Clark Gracie
  75. Mario Sergio Names Reis
  76. Marco Antonio Giudice Machado
  77. Yuri Costa Simões M. da Silva
  78. Roberto Camargo de Alencar
  79. Bruno Almeida Alves
  80. Zachary Lantz Maxwell
  81. Leandro Martins da Silva
  82. Leonardo Gergis F. Leite
  83. Kron Gracie
  84. Carlos Diego Ferreira Neves
  85. Braulio de Oliveira Estima
  86. Jonatas Novaes do Nascimento
  87. Osvaldo Augusto H. Moizinho
  88. Raphael B. Carneiro Fischetti
  89. Renato Guimaraes Cardoso
  90. Fabbio Passos de Alencar
  91. Stephen Vincent Hall
  92. Paulo Tarcisio  Pessoa Jardim
  93. Thiago Reinaldo de Souza
  94. Bruno Matias Soares
  95. Rodrigo Leite de Medeiros
  96. Denilson de Carvalho Pimenta
  97. Alexandre Couceiro Ribeiro
  98. Gabriel Rodrigues A. Goulart
  99. Gustavo Ernesto Carpio Caceres
  100. Leandro Luiz da Silva

0 thoughts on “Not Many Americans in the Top 100 BJJ Competitors

  1. Jeff

    I really don’t have an issue about the list it is what it is my question is what criteria did they use to rank these guys? Roger Gracie at #39 is a head sratcher for obvious reasons and unless I missed it I did not see Marcelo Garcia’s name.

    1. Lex Post author

      It’s a very precise and great ranking in my opinion:

      Basically they weigh 2012 by far the most (3x), followed by 2011 (2x), and 2010 (1x). This isn’t a “best of all time” ranking. It’s a ranking of top black belts that are currently and actively competing.

  2. KB

    If they used the same criteria to rank the lower belts, the skew would probably be far different. It’s just a matter of time and consistent effort before more Americans start competing at black belt and start doing well.


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