1998 99kg+ Ricco Rodriguez USA - HS wrestler and Machado student 1999 88kg Kareem Barkalaev - Russian Judo/wrestling, mysterious guy was a bad mofo and who knows how differently things could have turned out for him. After Jose Pele Landi Jons KTFO Matt Hughes he faced Barkalaev who showed great grappling skill and totally dominated Pele, he literally couldn't do shit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U0bUhB8Ywg Barkalaev and Arona were rough tying up in ADCC, slapping each other on the tie up, etc. Barkalaev flipped and charged tried to streetfight Arona on the mats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__DnL145zU4 He was the judo instructor at Abu Dhabi and therefore in a round about way representing the Sheikh and the Sheikh was offended. Kareem was actually escorted off the mats by the Sheikh's armed security. FCF interviewed him and he talked about being blindfolded, handcuffed, and taken prisoner for a few days. Said he'd never go back there. http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Karimula-Barkalaev-1836 his mma record Rumors now that he lives in the middle of nowhere Russia now, hours away from places to train. 1999 - Monson and Kerr were champs. 2000 - Mark Kerr 2001 - Sanae Kikuta Japan for 88kg, runs the Grabaka gym in Tokyo and trains many of Japans top fighters 2001 99kg+ - Mark Robinson South Africa???????? I read he was a Judo/wrestler/sumo guy and I assume he won on points, this one was a shocker. 2003 99kg+ Norweigan John-Olav Einemo, 6'6 bjj black belt and beat Roger Gracie, don't know much about him, need to youtube him mma - http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/John-Olav-Einemo-2873 2005 - Monson (he's 'merican and damn proud of it lol) 2007 - Drysdale (Brazilian born, we will count him as American) 2011 - Lister I would say we will see more Americans and Europeans if you could really make money doing bjj, however I figure most top bjj talents will turn to mma to chase money. The laid back Brazilians will probably continue to dominate.