ADCC 2013 – The Biggest Grappling Championship in the World is on!

The ADCC 2013 Submission Fighting World Championships are going on right now!

The ADCC 2013 gets started today from Beijing, China and in what has become a tradition of sorts over the years with the ADCC, the complete line ups have just been released. The five weight classes for men are stacked as usual, with more entries than ever being filled by the growing qualifier system the ADCC has set up. There are less big names, but more hungry grapplers. Let’s take a look at the favorites.

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As usual, each category is loaded with Brazilians, as the country really does have the most sophisticated ground fighting specialists on the planet today.

Under 66KG: The two time returning champion, Rafael Mendes is back, and it is hard to pick against him. He is attempting to win this weight class for a third time in a row, a feat accomplished only by the legendary Royler Gracie before.

Under 77KG: The big news is that Marcelo Garcia, the man who owned this weight class for the last decade, is not in the field. The only man to beat Garcia, Pablo Popovich is in the weight class above. This leaves the heir apparent to be Kron Gracie, who finished third last year. Leo Vieira finished 2nd last year and is also dangerous, though he is an aging veteran whose best days were at 66 KG.

Under 88KG: Popovich, despite going up a weight class, is the likely favorite. He is a blanket grappler with a very tight game. Look for the experienced David Avellan to give him some trouble – if they meet, it would be an all Florida fight that is already part of a rivalry.

Under 99KG: Returning is veteran Dean Lister, who probably had his greatest moment as an MMA artist when he swept the ADCC Absolutes in 2003. Brazilian Leo Noguiera could be a dark horse, as he has been making noise in the past year with his Jiu Jitsu.

Over 99kg: A guy who may bear watching in this weight class is Marcus Almeida ‘Buchecha’, who has won the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Absolutes two years running.

The Complete Lineups appear below.

-65.9 kg

1. Rafael Mendes – Brazil
2. Timo Juhani Hirvikangas – Finland
3. Darson Hemmings – Canada
4. Robert Sabaruddin – Australia
5. Joao Miyao – Brazil
6. Mark Ramos – USA
7. Yuta Sasaki - Japan
8. Rubens Charles – Brazil
9. Nicolas Renier – France
10. Yoshioka Takahito – Japan
11. Baret Yoshida – USA
12. Ricardo Vieira - Brazil
13. Augusto Mendes – Brazil
14. Justin Rader - USA
15. Tetsu Suzuki - Japan
16. Marcio Andre – Brazil

-76.9 kg

1. Kron Gracie – Brazil
2. Tero Pyylampi – Finland
3. AJ Agazarm – USA
4. Youngnam Noh – Korea
5. Leonardo Nogueira – Brazil
6. Gary Tonon- USA
7. Sotaro Yamada – Japan
8. Andy Wang - Taiwan
9. Ben Henderson – USA
10. JT Torres – USA
11. Leo Vieira – Brazil
12. Satoru Kitaoka – Japan
13. Eduardo Rios - Norway
14. Lucas Lepri – Brazil
15. DJ. Jackson - USA
16. Otavio Souza – Brazil

-87.9 kg

1. Lucas Leite – Brazil
2. Oskar Piechota – Poland
3. Keen Cornelius – USA
4. Doorwang Jeon – Korea
5. Claudio Calazans – Brazil
6. Josh Hayden – USA
7. Shinsho Anzai - Japan
8. Rustam Chsiev – Russia
9. Rafael Lavato Jr. - USA
10. Clark Gracie – USA
11. David Avellan – USA
12. Romulo Barral – Brazil
13. Kim Dong – Korea
14. Rodrigo Caporal - Brazil
15. Pablo Popovitch - USA
16. Lukasz Michalec – Poland

-98.9 kg

1. Dean Lister – USA
2. Tomasz Narkun – Poland
3. Mikael Knutsson – Sweden
4. Allan Drueco – Philippines
5. Abdula Isaev – Dagestan
6. James Puopolo - USA
7. Yukiyasu Ozawa - Japan
8. Kamil Uminski – Poland
9. Cristiano Lazzarini – Brazil
10. Henry Jorge Martin Ottaviano – Argentina
11. Jeremy York – USA
12. Ezra Lenon – USA
13. Jia Jing yang – China
14. Joao Assis – Brazil
15. Leonardo Nogueira – Brazil
16. Liu wen Bo - China

+99 kg

1. Vinny Magalhaes – Brazil
2. Antwain Britt – USA
3. Wang Yan Bo – China
4. Jared Dopp – USA
5. Michael Wilson – Australia
6. Robby Donofrio - USA
7. Hideki Sekine - Japan
8. Janne Pietilainen – Finland
9. Marcus Almeida “Buchecha” – Brazil
10. Kitner Mendoga - Brazil
11. Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu – Brazil
12. Orlando Sanchez - USA
13. Joao Gabriel de Olivera – Brazil
14. Mike Martelle – Canada
15. Amir Allam - USA
16. Jimmy Friedrich – USA

FEMALE

-60 kg

1. Yan Liu – China
2. Ana Michelle Tavares – Brazil
3. Nyjah Easton – USA
4. Laura Hondorp – Netherlands
5. Luanna Alzuguir – Brazil
6. Michelle Nicolini - Brazil
7. Seiko Yamamoto - Japan
8. Kristina Barlaan – USA

+60 kg

1. Gabrielle Garcia – Brazil
2. Fernanda Mazelli – Brazil
3. Tara White – USA
4. Yurika Nakakura – Japan
5. Ida Hansson – Sweden
6. Maria Malyjasiak – Poland
7. Penny Thomas - South Africa
8. Tammy Griego – USA

SUPERFIGHTS

Braulio Estima – Brazil versus Andre Galvao – Brazil
Mario Sperry – Brazil versus Fabio Gurgel – Brazil

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