ADCC 2019 is finally upon us!
For many within the sport, ADCC is the pinnacle of the game. Across this weekend in California, the very best no-gi grapplers will meet to see who comes out on top.
With 16 competitors in each of the 5 male divisions, and 8 in the two female divisions - the ADCC World Championship is a straight shoot out with the winner of each having the pride of calling themselves an ADCC champion.
Many of the athletes on show will have geared their competitive appearances and their training to peak for ADCC, ensuring a theatre of pressure and the highest quality that Jiu Jitsu can showcase.
ADCC is steeped in rich history, and its implementation in the calendar was hailed as the beginning of the ‘modern era of submission grappling’. Starting in 1998 - the ADCC World Championships took place in Abu Dhabi on a yearly basis before moving to a biennial basis in 2003 and for the first time moved outside of the United Arab Emirates. Since then, the prestige of the ADCC’s has only served to grow and has taken place in venues across the world, from Brazil, the USA, China and Europe.
In the final week of September, the show rolls round to Anaheim, California for the 2019 addition. We’re very proud to support a number of athletes who will be taking to the stage aiming to achieve the biggest prize in grappling. Here are those men…
Bruno Frazatto is one of the most experienced Jiu Jitsu black belts on the circuit. An illustrious career so far has seen him earn some top prizes, especially on the IBJJF calendar. In 2015, Bruno took home a silver medal in Sao Paolo and he returns in 2019 looking to go one better. With a well rounded and solid style, Bruno will look to use his experience to overcome a division filled with plenty of younger contenders.
Making his ADCC debut, Ross Nicholls is one of only two British representatives on the male side of the competitor list. Following an impressive year, Ross earned his spot in Anaheim by placing first in the ADCC European trials and now reaches the pinnacle of the sport. Despite being an underdog, Ross belongs in the upper echelon of grapplers and will look to create a shock in what is one of the deepest and most competitive divisions.
In Finland in 2017, JT Torres won the biggest prize in grappling as he became ADCC World Champion. Now two years later, JT returns to the stage to attempt to retain his title and secure his legacy as one of the best grapplers of his generation.
In one of the more hotly anticipated divisions of the tournament, JT remains one of the favourites, with his well rounded game and his big fight experience, it’ll take a lot to knock him off his perch.