Dillion Danis is out.
Keenan Cornelius is out.
Captain, the ship is going down. Should we sound the alarm and evacuate?
Calm down. Take off the life jacket. This weight class still has Gordon Ryan, Lucas Barbosa, Tim Spriggs, Vinny Magalhaes, Aaron Johnson, Jackson Sousa and James Puopolo. We were super pumped for -99kg bracket, but life has a tendency to crush your dreams from time to time. It’s all good, though. The bracket is still stacked with talent. Full steam ahead as scheduled.
The Patrick Guadio/ Ryan rematch is really what we’re here for. Both athletes went at each other at the IBJJF World Championship. Ryan said he wanted a rematch immediately afterward: “But you know when I don’t finish people, I’m furious. I’d be happy to fight him again, because I want to submit him.”
Aaron “Tex” Johnson versus Vinny Magalhaes makes for an interesting match as well. Magalhaes is infamous for saying leg locks don’t work, and Johnson has posted videos of him breaking wooden baseball bats practicing his kneebar. Wonder if Magalhaes doesn’t change his mind after an encounter with Johnson.
Paul Ardila is our sleeper pick to shake up the bracket. He has an impressive wrestling background and a black belt under Roan Carneiro. With his fight IQ and knack for finding the submission, Ardila has a chance to steal the spotlight.