1. Xande Ribeiro
Younger bother of BJJ legend Saulo Ribeiro, Alexandre Ribeiro is one of the most accomplished living grapplers. Known as Xande, there are many who argue that he has surpassed Roger Gracie by virtue of staying active in the competition scene and defeating Gracie twice in competition. Ribeiro has already fought two MMA fights in Sengoku one in 2008 and the other in 2009. Ironically won both of them with striking and Xande states that he learned a great deal from his first foray into MMA about conditioning. A two time ADCC Champion, Xande is an extremely dynamic no gi grappler and is always on the attack, looking to turn any situation to his advantage. His mix of technical excellence and aggressive mindset makes him an imposing grappler to face and entertaining to watch.
4. Bright Prospects
Brown belt features two of the hottest prospects in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Team Llyod Irvin's Medium-Heavyweight Keenan Cornelius has been taking the BJJ community by storm in the last year or so. In that time period Keenan has won just about every tournament worth winning twice, at his weight and in the openweight. It is an unprecedented accomplishment and Keenan's momentum hasn't slowed at all at brown belt. Keenan continues to wow fans with his seemingly effortless skill and no gi world championships promises to be no difference.
In the lightweight division at brown belt, former Ohio State wrestler AJ Agazarm will be competing for Gracie Barra. An excellent wrestler, Agazarm has taken to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu very quickly and rather than become 'just a wrestler in a jacket' he has developed a well rounded game very quickly. He is one of Gracie Barra's brightest prospects and is collecting medals at an impressive, if not historic, rate. Both he and Keenan promise to be major players for the U.S. at black belt in coming years.
If you're interested in watching the IBJJF No Gi Worlds, there is a live stream for $20 on Budovideos. It is a two day event and on that stream not only do you get access to every weight, age and belt class but thanks their multi-mat set up viewers can pick and choose matches to watch. Just a few years ago only those in building could hope to see these matches and the rest of us had to wait months for VHS tapes or DVDs to be released, but now it is possible to see every match thanks to this new technology.