The start of another edition of the ADCC, the most traditional Grappling circuit event. Espoo Metro Areena was the scene of many fights, some zebras and some affirmations. The BJJForum brings a summary of what happened at the event.
Category up to 66kg
With many last minute lows, the category up to 66kg had some highlights that were not on the radar, as was the case of Pablo Mantovani (Atos), who eliminated the experienced Augusto Tanquinho (Soul Fighters) in the second round in the decision of the judges. The other highlights are for Rubens Cobrinha (Alliance) and Paulo Miyao (Unity / Cicero Costha) who went through their opponents without a fight and tomorrow will make the semifinal
Rubens Cobrinha x Paulo Miyao
Pablo Mantovani x AJ Agazarm
Category up to 77kg
The category up to 77kg had many fights disputed, which were decided by the judges. Lucas Lepri (Alliance) made his way to the semifinals. On the other side of the key, Garry Tonon (Danaher Death Squad) showed that it is not just hype and eliminated his training mate Oliver Taza and Marcelo Mafra to secure themselves in the semifinals
Lucas Lepri x Vagner Rocha
JT Torres x Garry Tonon
Category up to 88kg
The biggest zebra of the event happened in this category. Australian Craig Jones (Absolute MMA) knocked out Leandro Lo (Brotherhood) in the first round with a killer lion and in the next fight, took the experienced Murilo Santana (Unity) with a flying armlock. Craig Jones has just graduated black belt and has already written his name on the role of ADCC Zebras. Another highlight is Gordon Ryan (Danaher Death Squad) who eliminated his disaffected Dillon Danis (Zenith) and finished Romulo Barral (Gracie Barra) and secured in the semifinals.
Craig Jones x Keenan Cornelius
Xande Ribeiro vs. Gordon Ryan
Category up to 99kg
Jackson Sousa (Checkmat) was invited the week of the event to replace his training partner Luiz Panza, and did not make it ugly. Jackson eliminated Sergio Ardila-Ibarra (ATT) and training partner Joao Assis and secured the semis. Felipe Preguiça (GB) and Yuri Simões (Brasa CTA) also secured a place. Another highlight is for Rafael Lovato (Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu), who eliminated Mahamed Aly (Team Lloyd Irvin) and secured another ADCC semifinal
Felipe Preguiça x Rafael Lovato
Yuri Simões x Jackson Sousa
Category above 99kg
Without zebras, the category over 99kg confirmed the guesses made before the event. On one side of the key, defending champion Orlando Sanchez (GB) advanced with his conservative style and will reissue the final of 2015 against Jared Dopp (Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu). On the other side of the key, Marcus Buchecha (Checkmat) and Roberto Cyborg (Fight Sports) have gone through their opponents and will make another semifinal
Orlando Sanchez x Jared Dopp
Marcus Buchecha x Roberto Cyborg
Female up to 60 kg
Current champion of the category up to 60 kg, Mackenzie Dern (Gracie Humaita) was surprised by the Finn Elvira Karppinen and lost by 4 × 2, being eliminated in the first phase. Another highlight is for Bianca Basílio (Almeida JJ) who eliminated the favorite Talita Alencar (Alliance) and was secured in the semifinals. On the other side of the key, Bia Mesquita (Gracie Humaita) and Michelle Nicolini (Checkmat) advanced without surprises.
Elvira Karppinen x Bianca Basilio
Bia Mosque x Michelle Nicolini
Female over 60 kg
In his return to Grappling's competitions, Gabi Garcia (Alliance) only needed 57 seconds to finish Amanda Santa (GB) and secure himself in the ADCC semifinals. Gabi will face Jéssica da Silva who finished the Polish Marysia Malyjasiak. On the other side of the key, Talita Treta (Brotherhood) and Samantha Cook (GB) make the other semifinal
Gabi Garcia x Jessica da Silva
Talita Treta x Samantha Cook
Super League of Champions
Although it was a fight between two athletes of the same team, the fight had no indication of closure. André Galvão set off Calasans from the first minute and won the champions' 14 x 0 duel. Now Galvão will await the winner of this year's absolute to defend his title at the next edition of ADCC in 2019.