The ADCC 2013 Submission Fighting World Championships are underway in Beijing, China and the competition is heated as usual. Not many huge surprises, as most of the favorites are through to Day 2.
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The under 66KG class has 3 Brazilians left and one American. Justin Rader takes on Ruben Charles and the other side of the bracket gets Joao Miyao against 2 time champion Rafael Mendes.
In the under 77KG class, the news is that former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson got by Leo Noguiera in what is being called the best match of the competition so far. Henderson bowed out in the second round. The weight class looks to be setting up a final of Leo Vieira vs Kron Gracie, with Gracie the favorite. Three Brazilians and 1 American here as well.
Former 77kg Champion Pablo Popovich took out David Avellan and now faces Rafael Lovato Jr on Day 2 in the under 88KG class. The other bracket has Keen Cornelius of the USA taking on Romulo Barral of Brazil. Look for the tournament champion to come from the Popovich-Lovato match.
In the under 99KG class, Dean Lister is the only American left against 3 Brazilians. He faces Cristiano Lazzarini, while Joao Assis gets Leonardo Noguiera on the other side of the bracket. This one is expected to be a Lister versus Noguiera final.
In the heavyweight division, Jared Dropp of the USA pulled off the big upset to advance to day 2 when he beat Vinny Magalhaes. Dropp now gets Gabriel de Oliveira, while the other side sees Marcus Almeida facing Roberto Abreau.
The first superfight is in the books, as Andre Galvao choked out Braulio Estima. Estima had beaten Galvao before, in 2009 when he won the Absolutes at the ADCC, and he has victories over him in other competitions as well. Galvao is a monster however, and he broke through for the definitive win.
As expected, Brazil is dominating the field, holding 75% of the final 4 positions in 4 of the 5 weight classes. All the other spots left are held by Americans, as no European or Asian fighters were able to get through. Day 2 features the classic Mario Sperry versus Fabio Gurghel superfight as well, so all eyes toward China!