The World BJJ Expo was another success in showcasing some of the best talent in the sport. However, in my opinion, Joao Miyao and Keenan Cornelius were able to shock the crowd the most with their performance, creating excitement to see who they could face in the future in other superfights.
The Miyao brothers have been building their name in the sport since they started competing. And now, at black belt, everyone wants to see how far they can really push their talent. Throughout both days of the expo, the twins were seen rolling wherever there was space on the mats and attending seminars – they just want to improve and they don’t care much about anything else.
On Saturday, Joao Miyao was put against the much larger and more experienced Eduardo Telles. Miyao managed to squeeze out a 2-0 win by advantages, but he was constantly attacking the entire match, keeping Telles on the fence.
So what does this win mean for future superfights? Firstly, we now know that to get the most entertaining fight from a Miyao, at least in a gi, they must be placed against a larger opponent. Why? Because if they face another berimbolo player, you are going to see a lot of scissoring and footsy play – something that the BJJ community has been complaining about for a while now, and it just makes for a boring match.
However, against a Miyao, a larger opponent will almost always choose to play on top, leaving no issue to either athlete’s strategy. In the future, it will be nice to see Joao face someone like Lucas Leite or Romulo Barral and see how these top middleweight competitors deal with his confusing style.
This was the second revelation of the day where Keenan was the first opponent to ever submit Lucas Leite – and Keenan has only been a black belt less than a year. Lucas Leite needs no introduction - he is a multiple time world champion and has been a top competitor for years. Keenan Cornelius, just like the Miyaos, is part of the new phenom generation that is coming up in the ranks, along with Jackson Sousa from Checkmat and a few others. By the time they reached brown belt, it was already known they were going to be world champs that same year. But now, Keenan has accomplished something that no one expected and it’s a sign that we will be seeing many more surprises from him in the future. Keenan had recently stated that he is really sick of no-gi and prefers to stick to gi jiu-jitsu. However, with a result like this, it would be nice to see him test his skills against the best of the best like Leandro Lo and Romulo Barral. These matches will probably happen either way in a superfight event or even at the worlds or pan ams. But it’s safe to say that the future looks exciting.