Jansen Gomes opens up about opportunities after winning the IBJJF Worlds

Current middleweight champion, black-belt from Checkmat reveals career plans and explains why he changed divisions

At the 2024 Worlds, Jansen Gomes will have the opportunity to win one more title, in another weight division.
At the 2024 Worlds, Jansen Gomes will have the opportunity to win one more title, in another weight division. Image: IBJJF

Jansen Gomes’ name was very much reproduced at this time in the Jiu-Jitsu community, but in last season, due to his victory at the IBJJF World Championship. In the middleweight final, he beat Tainan Dalpra, AOJ’s big favorite.

In an interview with VF Comunica, available on the YouTube channel, the current middleweight world-champion said that the triumph in Long Beach made his life take a turn after several opportunities arose. When an athlete holds a world champion title, his journey takes on a much greater scope, arousing more curiosity among enthusiasts.

“People start to see you differently: ‘damn, he’s a world champion’. Opportunities to fight, give seminars, the financial side, whether we like it or not, starts to improve too. Opportunities of sponsorship, at the championships too. It’s not instantaneous, from one day to the next, as soon as you win, but as the months go by it starts to change.”, said Jansen, today leading a more financially comfortable life.

At medium-heavyweight, Jansen will face athletes like Isaque Bahiense and Gustavo Batista

For the 2024 IBJJF Worlds, there was speculation about Jansen Gomes‘ future: would he remain at middleweight or try for the title in another division? In the interview, the World champion spoke about particularities involving category changes and highlighted that, this time, with the approval of the coaches, he will fight in the division with which he feels most comfortable. Now, it is at light heavyweight that he will compete, alongside names like Isaque Bahiense, Gustavo ‘Braguinha’ Batista, an old rival, Manuel Ribamar and Ronaldo Junior.

“I spoke to Ricardinho (Vieira), I spoke to Leozinho (Vieira), then they told me to fight in the division that I felt more comfortable with. Last year was really hard, I’ll go up, I’m going to fight at medium-heavyweight. Leandro Lo also fought in several divisions. I wanted to start at medium, otherwise I would start too heavy, I couldn’t do it in the lightweight, there’s no way. I lose weight, I become skinny. Lo is a total inspiration, he fought in the open class, he fought in different divisions. Now that I managed to win in the middleweight, I beat Tainan, whoever I beated in the middleweight should go hunt me.”, commented Jansen.

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Written by Emmanuela Oliveira

Emmanuela Oliveira é faixa-marrom de Jiu-Jitsu e formada em Comunicação Social. Dentro do tatame, aprendeu que é possível conjugar Jiu-Jitsu, escrita e o gosto pelas artes visuais em um só pacote.

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