The big girls are out!
Pluma should find Sofia Amarante (The Avengers) up against Leticia Ribeiro (Gracie Humaita) in the final. The multiple time world champion up against the only woman her size to beat her in recent years. Either lady could bring home the gold!
The Pena division proves to be a rematch of last year with Michelle Nicolini (CheckMat) and Kyra Gracie (Gracie Elite) battling for the gold. Kyra did her training camp with the Mendes Brothers and the rest of Atos and is taking her rematch seriously. It’s impossible to pick a victor between these two ladies in advance but either way, the match is sure to be exciting!
With former champion Luanna Alzuguir (Alliance) up at Medio this year, Beatriz Mesquita (Gracie Humaita) and Luiza Monteiro (PSLPB Cicero Costha) are sure to match up in the final of the Leve division. Luiza has been on a tear recently and will be looking to pick up the win after placing 2nd last year. However, Bia came out on top at the Pan this year and won’t be easily upset.
Medio brings together Val Worthington (Alliance-50/50 BJJ) and Vanessa Nascimento (GF Team) in the first round. Vanessa has greater experience although Val showed her stuff at the Pan this year against multi-time champion Hannette Staack. Whoever is able to get to their guard first should take the match. The other side should bring Luanna Alzuguir (Alliance) to the final. Luanna has the best chance for gold with former champion, Hannette out of the game this year.
The Meio-Pesado division is more difficult to call, with so many experienced competitors in the mix. On one side Shanti Abelha (CheckMat) will likely come up against Penny Thomas (Gracie Humaita). One of these two ladies will fight the winner of the Talita Nogueira (Gracie Elite) and Fernanda Mazelli (Striker JJ) match. It is likely that Talita takes the gold for the second year in a row.
Gabi Garcia (Alliance) should once again come out the victor in the Pesado division. 2nd place will go to the winner of new black belt Tammy Griego (Gracie Barra) and Katrina Weilbacher (Paragon).
I am watching on the edge of my seat!!