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The ADCC Championship is just around the corner and it will be the biggest grappling event in history. This event sold out in record time, with 13,000 spectators buying tickets to see the best fighters in the world.
There are so many storylines leading up to the event and countless possible matchups to get fans excited. Here’s our preview of the 2022 ADCC Championship, discussing the brackets and highlighting some of the games we’re most looking forward to.
Andre Galvao vs. Gordon Ryan
We can’t start our preview without discussing the most anticipated match in Jiu Jitsu history. The legend and current ADCC superfighting champion against arguably the best fighter in the sport.
Gordon Ryan has been calling for a match against André Galvão for more than six years. There has been a lot of talk from both sides leading up to this match.
The drama climaxed at a WNO event, where Ryan punched Galvão in the face (twice). Over the years, both competitors have retired, so it’s unclear whether or not the match would take place.
But after Galvão retired, Ryan quickly quit Jiu Jitsu because he didn’t want to miss the match he asked for.
Now at this year’s ADCC Championship is finally the match we all wanted to see.
The Thomas and Mack Center will be electric when the main event ends between the two.
After his win over Felipe Pena, Gordon has the momentum on his side, but Galvão fans (and Ryan haters) are sure to be in for a surprise.
Division 99 Kg+ Men
The heavyweight division is always one of the most watched brackets in ADCC. This year brings us the most stacked heavyweight division (pardon the pun) in the history of the event.
Former champions galore!
Features of this year’s heavyweight division five former ADCC champions , including reigning champion Gordon Ryan. In addition to former ADCC champions, there are IBJJF No-Gi champions and some of the best competitors on the professional circuits.
The potential matchups have excited struggling fans to watch the big boys get knocked out.
Possible showdown between Gordon Ryan and Nick Rodriguez
Another story from the heavyweight division is the potential matchup of two former Danaher Death Squad teammates: Gordon Ryan and Nick Rodriguez.
Nicky Rod stormed into the Jiu Jitsu scene in his phenomenal ADCC debut. He came in as an unknown, knocking out not one but two former ADCC champions.
Ryan and Rodriguez became teammates after the event and regularly trained together. The Jiu Jitsu world was shocked when the DDS broke up and the two went to separate camps.
We could potentially see a match-up between these two teammates in the later rounds of the tournament. When they meet in the tournament, all eyes are on this match.
-99 Kg Men’s Division
Not to be outdone, the men’s 99kg division also has some big names. Returning heavyweight champion Kaynan Duarte has moved down to try and win his second ADCC title in a new division.
Duarte will have a lot of work ahead of him because there are no easy ways out of this. support . The group is packed with heavy hitters like former champion Yuri Simoes and fan favorites like Craig Jones, Rafael Lovato Jr and Pedro Marinho.
We will also see the debut of reigning IBJJF Champion Nicholas Meregali, who just switched to no-gi this year. He trained with Gordon Ryan prior to the event so he will be more than ready to compete with the best.