No Holds Barred: Kid Peligro on ADCC 2017

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleague and correspondent Kid Peligro (

Our main topic was the 2017 ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) Submission Fighting World Championship, which will be held Saturday, September 23, and Sunday, September 24, at the Espoo Metro Areena in Espoo, Finland.

It is the most important and prestigious grappling tournament in the world, and as always will feature competition in no-gi grappling.

There will be tournaments held featuring grapplers who either won in the many continental qualifying trials, or were former ADCC champions.

The men’s weight classes are -66kg, -77kg, -88kg, -99kg, and +99kg, plus an Absolute division.

The women’s weight classes are -60kg and +60kg.

Another highlight will be the Superfights.

In the main Superfight, multi-time ADCC champion Andre Galvao takes on Claudio Calasans.

There will also be two Stars Superfights featuring veteran competitors. In these, Renzo Gracie faces Sanae Kikuta and Leo Vieira faces Chael Sonnen.

The 2017 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship will be streamed live on FloGrappling (

We spoke with Kid Peligro by phone Thursday.

For this event, there is “a lot of anticipation. It’s the number one event,” he said, “most prestigious and best event in the world of this type.”

He continued, “If you like submission grappling, jiu-jitsu, judo, wrestling, this is a really, really great event.”

We discussed the favorites in each weight class and the Superfights, some of the history of upsets by then-little-known grapplers in ADCC events, how success in grappling does not always mean success in MMA and vice versa, and much more.

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