A few months back an exploratory committee was formed to research the pursuit of a partnership between ADCC and FILA to further expand the reach of Submission Grappling throughout the World. The two World organizations, powerhouses in their own fields tried to join hands and reach common ground but apparently it was not possible. The ADCC Committee decided it was time to return to their vision: “We had several meetings and discussions but ideologically we were far apart and could not reach an agreement, especially when it came to rules and the direction of the sport. As a result of this Highness Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Guy Neivens and Renzo Gracie have all resigned from positions with the FILA World Grappling Committee” stated ADCC Spokesman Guy Neivens.
“We have a strong organization with several Federations in Europe and expanding quickly in other parts of the World as well. We wish FILA the best, but at this time we are going our own way!” concluded Neivens.
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