Josh Hinger is well-known as one of the most successful Masters competitors around and he’s just proven exactly why by coming away from the IBJJF World Championships with a gold medal in both his weight class and the absolute division. He has now joined Gregor Gracie as one of this year’s absolute champions after the Gracie family member won it in the first Masters division, whereas Hinger won it in the second.
Hinger’s performance was practically flawless as he had to fight his way past seven opponents throughout the two divisions he entered. He managed to submit three of the black belts he fought and managed to make it through every one without getting even a single point scored against him. It makes sense that Hinger would be able to put on a show like that against other grapplers in their mid to late-thirties as he is still able to compete at the highest levels of the sport despite his age. Although nothing is guaranteed as of yet, it’s entirely possible that we get to see Hinger competing again at the next edition of the ADCC World Championships that was delayed for a year until 2022.
Josh Hinger announced his amazing performance at the IBJJF Masters World Championships on his official Instagram account, where he was excited about breaking “the curse of the silver medal”. He was of course, referring to the significant amount of second-place medals that he’s earned over the past five years that he’s been competing this tournament over his career.