After three years of waiting, the 2022 ADCC World Championships are upon us. Live from Las Vegas, Nevada at the Thomas and Mack Center, a chance at making history beckons for the 96 athletes who have ventured from around the into the Mojave Desert. Follow along here for updates on day 1 action!
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Men’s +99KG Round of 16:
After a quick back take, Gordon settled into the match, adding pressure until securing the rear naked choke finish at 5:39.
Victor Hugo vs. Daniel Manasiou
Big Dan pulled guard quickly and went straight into attacking Hugo’s legs. After what seemed to be a match headed in the Romanian’s favor, Hugo was able to take Manasiuo’s back in the waning seconds to win 3-0
Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu vs. Haisam Rida
Off a spinning takedown attempt from Cyborg, Rida catches a stray arm of Cyborg and gets the armbar finish 1:15 in! A massive upset to kick off the day!
Joao Gabriel vs. Roosevelt Sousa
After spending much of the first half of the fight standing, the duo engaged in a scramble on the ground with Sousa securing a heel hook submission at 6:25.
Felipe Pena vs. Josh Saunders
After lacking success on the feet, Pena pulled guard before ultimately taking down and passing Saunders’ guard for an 8-0 victory.
Big O was warned for clubbing 15 seconds in, prior to a Gimenis takedown by collar trip. With no points scored, Orlando got back to his feet succesfully. A late takedown for Gimenis with just over two minutes left followed up by an arm triangle choke finish will push Gimenis on to the next round.
Nick Rodriguez vs. Damon Ramos
Rodriguez secured a takedown around the 5:00 mark before working to mount twice. Adding in lateback standing body lock from behind, Nicky Rod scored a final takedown off a single leg to secure 8-0 victory.
Vinny Magelhaes vs. John Hansen
Hansen wins by injury 3:19 while attempting to pass Magelhaes’ guard.
Gordon Ryan vs. Victor Hugo
Haisam Rida vs. Roosevelt Sousa
Felipe Pena vs. Max Gimenis
Nick Rodriguez vs. John Hansen
Men’s -99kg Round of 16
Kaynan pulls guard, Livesy nearly takes him down in a scramble, but Kaynan stays savvy. Kaynan secures a takedown with 3 min left then proceeds to pass relentlessly to win 8-0.
After a hard fought battle and the first overtime period of the tournament, Elder Cruz wins by referee’s decision.
Craig Jones with an 18 second heel hook victory! Jones wastes no time on his way to the quarterfinals!
Vinicius Ferreira vs. Paul Ardila
After fending off two takedown attempts and attempting a guillotine of his own in overtime, Vinicious “Trator” edges Paul Ardila in a razor-thin referee’s decision.
Seemingly at a stalemate though all exchanges, Boehm narrowly edged Johnson winning by referee’s decision in overtime.
Lovato with a late sweep for the first major action of the match, however no points were scored. Proving his timeless style yet again, Lovato Jr. got the takedown and back take before locking up a rear naked choke at 1:51 in overtime.
Nicholas Meregali vs. Henrqiue Ceconi
In his fourth ever no-gi match, Nicholas Meregali proves he is among the elite of the no-gi scene, submitting Ceconi by kimura in just under 5 minutes.
Former champion Yuri Simoes survives a scoreless war and moves on to the quarterfinals.
Duarte vs. Cruz
Lovato Jr. vs. Ferreira
Boehm Vs Jones
Meregali vs. Simoes
Men’s 88kg Round of 16
A late takedown will be the difference as returning champion Matheus Diniz advances over Dib Frias.
Lucas Barbosa vs. Santeri Lilius
Displaying dominance, Lucas “the Hulk” Barbosa takes down Lilius 3-0 and moves on to the next round.
In a back-and-forth scramble, ADCC medalist Vagner Rocha defeats newcomer Izaak Michell in overtime via referee’s decision. Despite no points being put on the board, this was one of the most thrilling opening matches of the 88kg division.
After securing Bahniense’s back twice late in the fight, Bodoni wins 6-0 in a great scrap.
Mason Fowler vs.Alexandre De Jesus
After Fowler secured a takedown late in the match, De Jesus attempted his own only to get caught in a vicious guillotine. Fowler catches the sub in just over 6 minutes to advance.
Xande Ribeiro vs. Eoghan O’ Flanagan
After spending much of the bout looking to pass guard, Ribeiro wound up in a leglock attempt from O’ Flanagan prior to overtime. After expertly navigating his way to a back take, O’ Flanagan manages to fend off a late effort from Ribeiro for a 3-0 victory.
Jacob Rodriguez vs. Pedro Marinho
After a battle of ferocious handfighting, Jay Rod was able to secure a takedown on Marinho after fending off a deep guillotine attempt. Attempting a second takedown, Rodriguez was countered by Marinho and nearly had his guard passed before throwing up a buggy choke to no avail. After Marinho to side control, the action went standing and Rodriguez was able to secure a takedown and nearly got to mount before the clock ticked out. Marinho moves on, winning 3-2.
In an absolute war between Atos teammates, Josh Hinger battles back from a 2-0 defecit to take Ruotolo’s back and cling on to victory, fending off a deep D’arce choke attempt in the final seconds of overtime.
Diniz vs. Bodoni
O’ Flanagan vs. Fowler
Hinger vs. Barbosa
Rocha vs. Marinho
Men’s 77kg Round of 16
Two-time reigning champion JT Torres survives a referee’s decision against Kenta Iwamoto and moves on to the quarters.
William Tackett vs. Mateusz Szczecinski
Searching for leglocks early and often, Szczecinski, the late injury replacement from Poland was able to find a hold of Tackett’s foot and grab the submission to move on to the quarterfinals in under 4 minutes.
An exciting bout with several exciting scrambles, Barch took Langaker’s back late in the match and was able to ride out his time to victory
The young phenom, Mica Galvao was able to take Taza’s back early in the match hanging on for a while before Taza escaped. Securing a quick takedown with a little over a minute left, Galvao again found his way to the back of Oliver Taza to win 5-0.
The Canadian, Dante Leon made quick work of Hage, winning by reverse triangle choke submission in 2:43.
A battle of expert wrestling, Canuto and Ryan went the full fifteen minutes of regulation and overtime with Canuto coming out on top 5-0 with a takedown and back take.
Never disappointing when either walk on the mat, Ruotolo and Giles put on a show with Giles pulling guard early searching for leg entanglements. Late in the bout, Ruotolo found an arm of Giles and was able to upend the 2019 ADCC Absolute bronze medalist.
After a back-and-forth with Varela looking for takedown after takedown, Jimenez took Varela’s back and secured a rear naked choke in stellar fashion.
66kg Men’s Round of 16
In an absolute barnburner, McNally pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the opening round, defeating Tonon 3-0 after securing a back take in the waning minutes of the fight.
The baby shark, Diogo Reis wins a narrow bout against the Welshman, Ashley Williams 2-0.
Sousa wins a scrappy bout off the strength of a takedown and backtake, 5-0.
In his first voyage to ADCC, Jeremy Skinner will leave with at least one victory, as he took out past ADCC medalist AJ Agazarm via referee’s decision.
A highly anticipated clash between two young superstars, Fabricio Andrey unseated Abate winning a referee’s decision in overtime.
Keith Krikorian vs. [Diego “Pato” Oliveira]
Pato looked strong as ever as he defeated Keith Krikorian with a victory by heel hook submission.
A matchup of ADCC veterans, Maciel bested 10th Planet’s Martinez as found Martinez’s back and locked up a rear naked choke with short time remaining.
Josh Cisneros vs. Ethan Crelinsten
Josh Cisneros put a stamp on his ADCC debut fight, submitting Ethan Crelinsten with a nasty shoulder lock in overtime.
-60kg Women’s Quarterfinals
Bia Basilio vs. Julia Maele
Returning champion Bia Basilio returned to ADCC in style taking out Julia Maele with a rear naked choke.
While unable to get a victory by submission, Brianna Ste-Marie locked up a nasty armbar before retaining positional control and scoring a pass to side control to win 3-0.
Ffion Davies vs Adele Fornarino
After a brief feeling out process and some guard play, Davies went to work when the points period activated, racking up 10 points before securing the submission via rear naked choke.
Bia Mesquita vs. Mayssa Bastos
Bia Mesquita of Gracie Humaita came out on top in a deadlocked match after taking the back of Unity’s Bastos following an errant shot attempt from Bastos.
Basilio vs. Ste-Marie
Davies vs. Mesquita
+60kg Women’s Quarterfinals
Gabi Garcia vs Nikki Lloyd-Griffiths
Dominating the match from start to finish, Gabi Garcia looks primed for a run towards her fifth ADCC world title. With a brilliant display of top pressure, Garcia looked for a kimura before settling for an armbar finish.
Amy Campo vs. Elizabeth Clay
In a rematch of the ADCC West Coast trials semifinals, Amy Campo again came out victorious, this time winning 3-0 after securing mount over Clay.
A battle of newcomers, Guedes was able to pass Christodolou’s guard following a scramble in overtime, negating her penalty point from a guard pull to win 2-0.
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The King carries on with his second win and is into the semifinals after defeating Victor Hugo 8-0.
Avenging the loss of his corner and Fight Sports teammate, Sousa stood victorious over Haisam Rida by a narrow 2-0 margin of victory, a takedown in the 7th minute the deciding factor.
Opposite the bracket of Gordon Ryan, Felipe Pena moves forward after taking Gimenis’s back capturing a rear naked choke with :11 remaining in the fight.
Back takes to rear naked chokes have been a prevailing theme of choice finish for fighters today, and Nicky Rod is no exception. The B-Team fighter did just that to advance to the semifinals.
Men’s -99kg Quarterfinals
After a few takedown attempts a piece and much scrambling, Duarte elected to pull guard, eventually taking Cruz’ back and transitioning to mount. Cruz would sweep to reverse position and regain standing position, but Kaynan was able to maintain his lead until the clock ran out to win 5-2
Rafael Lovato Jr. vs Vinicius Ferreira
Putting his timeless system to full effect, Rafael Lovato Jr. defeated Vinicius Trator 2-0
With Australia’s deadliest mammal beginning to up the pressure on 10th Planet’s Boehm, Boehm shot a deep double leg and wound up caught in a guillotine from down under. Jones will advance to the semifinals following his submission finish.
After fifteen minutes of no score, Nicholas Meregali was named victorious in a referee’s decision over former ADCC Champion Yuri Simoes. Meregali will face Craig Jones in the semifinals tomorrow.
Men’s 88kg Quarterfinals
After nearly having his back taken, Bodoni was able to get himself free, takedown, pass guard, and submit Diniz in rapid succession. Joining teammates Gordon Ryan and Nicholas Meregali in the finals, Bodoni appears to be eyeing the gold medal after taking out the reigning champion.
Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa vs. Josh Hinger
In a battle of teammates, Hulk came out on top a 7-0 victor. The final of the three Atos competitors at 88kg will fight Vagner Rocha in the semifinals.
Mason Fowler vs. Eoghan O’ Flanagan
One of the biggest upsets of the quarterfinals thus far, O’ Flanagan caught Fowler in leg entanglement and was able to secure the heel hook finish.
With extreme positional ties and handfighting underway early and often, this was perhaps the most physical fight of the semifinals with several near takedowns out of bounds in addition. Vagner Rocha came out victorious by referee’s decision following overtime
Men’s 77kg Quarterfinals
JT Torres vs. PJ Barch
PJ Barch may have just sealed the biggest upset of the tournament, taking out reigning 2x Champion JT Torres. Barch was able to pass to side control off of a double leg takedown before fending off late attacks from Torres.
Getting after it right off the gate, Kade and Roberto began fighting at a rapid pace, eventually falling into a leg entanglement with Ruotolo securing the heel hook finish.
Moving like a heat-seeking missile, Galvao found Canuto’s back as the match opened before falling into his guard, where he quickly found a finish by armlock. Two fights and two submissions on the day for the 18-year-old ADCC first-timer.
Men’s 66kg Quarterfinals
Fabricio Andrey Vs. Diogo Reis
The young teammates from Manaus came to Las Vegas looking to fight the best and met in the quarterfinals. With the takedown defense skills of both on show, Diogo came within inches of securing a back take prior to the overtime clock running out. Reis went on to win a referee’s decision–likely with the strength of his late offensive attempts playing a factor.
Sam McNally vs. Josh Cisneros
In a back-and-forth battle going the full fifteen-minutes, Ares BJJ’s Josh Cisneros won a referee’s decision and will fight Diogo Reis in the semifinals.
Kennedy Maciel vs. Diego “Pato” Oliveira
After frequently searching for heel hooks from the false reap, Pato was able to eventually find a brutal leglock with a twist of the knee and punch his ticket to the semifinals.