Over the weekend son of IBJJF Grand Slam champion and Hall of Famer Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”, Kennedy Maciel took home Gold at Worlds IBJJF 2018.
Kennedy won his match by four points at the end of regulation and with doing so won the brown belt featherweight division. At the podium Cobrinha awarded him his black belt.
Kennedy said, “I had to swallow the feeling of losing a year ago… and I came back today and won. I still can’t believe that this has happened. As far as getting the black belt – it was not the focus for the day – but it’s a great surprise. I didn’t think about it at all, but now that I have it, it means everything. This is my entire life. I want to win. I want to show them if my dad stops, there’s a new king coming. This young lion is hungry”.