ADCC 2015 Final Thoughts
Another edition of ADCC is in the books now. It was another great event, the location was tops and the organization as well. Athletes who know the rules are rewarded with solid unbiased judging by the ADCC team of referees. In this latest edition as usual dark horses made their mark, on the men's side Orlando Sanchez and Jared Dopp in the Over 99KG (with Sanchez winning it), Davi Ramos taking the title with an incredible submission in the finals of the U77KG. And Claudio Calasans taking the Absolute title
On the ladies side there was no bigger upset than Jessica Oliveira defeating the Champion Gabi Garcia. Oliveira lost the finals against Ana Laura Cordeiro. Ana Laura is a story on her own, after being away from the mats for 5 years due to a serious injury, she has returned to conquer the top not only winning the IBJJF Worlds but now ADCC Worlds as well.
Mackenzie Dern showed everyone why she is considered the top female competitor now, after winning the IBJJF Worlds, the AD Pro and now ADCC Worlds by defeating defending Champion Michelle Nicolini, Mackenzie is the ladies Grappling name
Back to the men's, evergreen Rubens "Cobrinha" repeated as ADCC Champion, at 35 years young "Cobrinha" is still competing and winning at the highest level adding 2 ADCC titles to his 4 IBJJF World titles. I remember a conversation that I had with Cobrinha during our return flight from ADCC in Barcelona, he said: "Kid a lot of people are asking me about retirement, but I still feel great and I love competing. I want to do more". Well "Cobrinha" you sure have done more. Congratulations on a stellar performance and career (still going strong)
In the U77 KG Davi Ramos shocked everyone, not only by winning the title beating some of the top names in the division, but especially by his spectacular, shocking submission win over Lucas Lepri with a flying arm-lock. Amazing really. U88KG Yuri Simoes did everything right beating defending champion Barral and the tough Keenan Cornelius in the finals to take the title. Simoes has hit another gear lately and look for a lot more from him
U99KG saw Rodolfo Vieira perform to his top level in ADCC, one of the most dominant BJJ competitors of all time, in 2011 Vieira lost to Dean Lister in Barcelona but this year he came back strong beating Xande Ribeiro and up and coming Felipe Pena to take the title.
Over 99KG's Champion Orlando Sanchez came out of nowhere to defeat the field including Jared Dopp, another dark horse. Stars Superfight pitted two giants of the sport, Ricardo Liborio and Ze Mario Sperry. Both competitors showed too much respect for each other and the match was a stand up battle. Liborio came out the victor marking a successful return to the mats after years of absence.
The Absolute division had its share of top names fall along the way until in the end only Claudio Calasans stood at the top. Great win for Calasans toppling many way bigger opponents on the way to the title.
The Superfight saw another dominant performance by Andre Galvao. Galvao leaves no stone unturned in his preparation and it shows, he has been the superior fighter since 2011.
The crowd in Sao Paulo was great, enthusiastic and knowledgeable adding a lot to the event. I can't wait to 2017