Today starts the 2013 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships, and veteran grappler David Avellan will be competing once again in the under 88KG weight class. Despite a decorated career, Avellan is still one of the most underrated grapplers in America today. Based in Florida, Avellan has been at the forefront of American grappling for at least the last decade, and 2013 may be his best chance to come home with a coveted ADCC Championship.
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Avellan bowed out of the ADCC 2011 in the second round, losing to the now controversial Rousimar Palhares via heel hook. He has finished as high as third in the weight class, which is traditionally one of the ADCC’s most competitive.
Avellan made a foray into MMA, where he went 2-1. He hasn’t competed in MMA since 2008, but one fight in particular stands out. He faced off against Antony Rea, a striker first fighter from France who was bigger, longer and more experienced. Avellan got cracked with the first big shot of the fight, and it broke his nose – he was bleeding everywhere.
Avellan stayed with the fight, and defiantly faced off against Rea in thr stand ups, getting the better of some of the exchanges. He got the fight to the ground, and despite bleeding profusely, he worked to get the stoppage on Rea, knowing he was at risk of getting stopped himself.
What Avellan showed about his mettle and his mind game in that fight says a lot about what Avellan brings. He has competed in the ADCC before, and he is familiar with the sometimes eclectic rules. The tournament format puts the finals on day 2, and getting up a second day in a row to compete is not something everyone can do. Avellan has competed on day 2 before, winning the 3-4 match in 2009.
Avellan will meet Pablo Popovich in the quarter finals, so he must beat the number one seed in the weight class to break through. David Avellan would want it no other way.
By the way, the Avellan-Rea MMA fight can be seen here: