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Meragali Is King: 2023 IBJJF Pan Ams Recap

Meragali Is King 2023 IBJJF Pan Ams Recap

The 2023 IBJJF Pan Ams is the second significant competition of the year. With a record number of competitors this year, Pan Ams is becoming bigger and bigger every year. It was worth watching. The competition was fierce, and the performances and matchups were extraordinary.

Nicholas Meregali – King In 2023

Nicholas Meregali was one of the competition’s biggest stars. When competing in BJJ gi again, the current IBJJF world champion showcased his superiority by winning two gold medals at Pans.

He won six by submission in seven fights and choked out all three of his opponents in the extreme heavyweight division. He dominated the absolute bracket, finishing with a smother submission from Mount and two more chokes from the back. Nicholas Meregali defeated Erich Munis 11-0 in the championship round.

Meregali’s victory over Munis contrasted with his previous performance at Worlds, where he split his two matches with the representative of Dream Art in tight contests with low scores. Meregali won his seventh and eighth major IBJJF PAN titles at the black belt ranks with these first Pans titles of his career.

At Black Belt, Tainan Dalpra Seems Unstoppable

Another standout at Pans was Tainan Dalpra, who won the Pans title and continued to rule the middleweight division. He beats a group of competitors who have won two Pans titles and is now the most successful middleweight in Pans’ history.

His IBJJF competition record improved to 57-0 with a 72 percent submission rate during his title run. The title featured three matches with two submission victories and 19 unanswered points.

Gabi Pessanha Continues Her Dominance

In order to win her fourth and fifth Pans titles, Gabi Pessanha secured her sixth consecutive double gold in a significant IBJJF competition. In the ultimate final, she defeated Ana Carolina Vieira, the only competitor ever to defeat her in an IBJJF black belt competition. Pessanha defeated three of her five opponents and scored 38 points without giving any of them back. This increases her submission rate for the year to seven out of nine, or 78%. More players are on the list to win the Euros, Pans, Brasilieiros, and World Championships in the same year in 2023.


Weekend With The Amazing Matches

Major titles were won by athletes like Adam Wardzinski, Elisabeth Clay, Gustavo Batista, and Marcio Andre, proving that the competition was full of top-tier disruptors.

This past weekend, several athletes won their first black belt Pans titles in addition to the remarkable performances previously noted. Diogo Reis won four matches overall, displaying his outstanding takedowns and top game as he defeated Diego Pato, the 2021 world champion, in the light featherweight championship contest. Larissa Dias, the heavyweight world champion for 2022, defeated Dream Art Rookie Tamiris Silva with a toe hold to advance to the final, where she defeated Ingridd Alves. With his success in the rooster weight class over AOJ rookie Hiryu Niwa in the final and two submissions on his way there, Zayed Al-Katheeri became the first Emarati Pan champion.

At the 2023 IBJJF Pans Championships, Dream Art won both the male and female team titles with an ample margin and an impressive medal haul. One medalist who is on track to complete a Grand Slam in 2023 is Giovanna Jara, who won two gold medals at Euros and Pans.

Cole Abate – Brown Belt Domination

In his first major competition as a brown belt, Cole Abate also put on a spectacular show at Pans, submitting four of his five opponents and showing his back attack style.

A Very Interesting Year Is Yet To Come!

The 2023 IBJJF Pan Ams served as a platform for pro jiu jitsu athletes, with several of them showcasing their superiority in their respective divisions. Watching what the rest of the year holds for the remaining big IBJJF competitions will be interesting. 

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