The Abu Dhabi Combat Club’s 2013 Submission Fighting World Championships are scheduled for October 19th and 20th, in Beijing, China. Word is that lines will be opening on the tournaments at BETDSI.COM, so take a look at the most current lineup at the ADCC page.
There are a million reasons to pay attention the ADCC’s, the 10th edition in a fifteen year history for the tournament that was spawned in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. In the early years, the tournament flat out attracted the biggest names in the growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Over the years, as the sport exploded, the ADCC grew and expanded, but the field for the World Championships has lost a lot of the big names they used to attract. Nevertheless, the tournament has benefited from a younger, hungrier field of competitors and it is a chance for the astute follower of MMA and the UFC to potentially see some of tomorrow’s future stars.
The list of UFC fighters currently active for the world’s biggest MMA company that have competed in the ADCC’s is a mile long. Jake Shields, Georges St Pierre, Chael Sonnen, Josh Barnett, Roy Nelson, Demian Maiai, Vitor Belfort, Robert Drysdale, Nick Ring and more. The list all time is even longer, as Tito Ortiz, Mark Kerr, Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, Dave Menne and many more UFC vets came through the ADCC tournament.
For fans of nostalgia, this years ADCC is going to feature multiple superfights with some very old time names getting ready to compete. Mario Sperry, the standout performer of the first ever ADCC’s back in 1998 returns for a superfight.
Competing for the first time at ADCC is Brazilian JJ legend Fabio Gurghel, who is also in a superfight. Gurghel is well known to ADCC fans, as was he first coach of Marcelo Garcia, who probably has defined himself as the premier grappling specialist in the world for the first decade of this millenia.
The superfights are Brazilian heavy, as two other ADCC standouts are set to participate, and that is Andre Galvao and Braulio Estima. The two have been dominant at the recent ADCC’s, which run every other year now.
None of the superfight opponents are announced yet, but you do not want to miss any of this event – you will find the MMA fighters of tomorrow.