This Sunday, the champions of the 2017 ADCC Worlds emerged in Helsinki, Finland. Well-known faces and new breakout stars reached the top in breathtaking matches. Here’s our summary of what went down at the Espoo Metro Arena.
After some intense grip-trading at the start, with takedown attempts, Bia Mesquita manages to grab Bia Basílio’s waist from the back and take her down. Basílio fell sitting, but Mesquita went straight to the back before spreading the chicken and finishing via rear naked choke.
In a duel decided through pressure, Gabi Garcia took Talita Treta to the ground and mounted. Treta turned sideways and tried to escape, but Gabi attacked with an americana and tapped her out in just over a minute.
Rubens Cobrinha was persistent with single-leg attempts, which AJ Agazarm defended well against. After going to the ground, Cobrinha went to the back and attempted the choke a few times, but AJ managed to defend and get back up. Cobrinha again attacked the back and ended up scoring 6-0 to secure his third ADCC title — all that after winning all the biggest tournaments of the season.
Returning from an injury, JT Torres bravely made his way through the bracket until he met Lucas Lepri in the final. A runner-up last edition, Lepri attacked the back and saw Torres escape. On top, the Brazilian worked to pass, unsuccessfully. In overtime, JT managed to grab Lepri’s waist from behind, take him down and place the hooks, outscoring him 3-0.
Young Gordon Ryan went after fellow American Keenan Cornelius, achieving a takedown right away, before points were being counted. On the ground, Gordon tried twice to sink a guillotine. Keenan escaped the first one, but not the second. Even with his arm on the inside, Keenan couldn’t resist the squeeze and had to surrender.
Lots of movement in this one. Yuri Simões fiercely attacked Felipe Preguiça. On the ground, Felipe did the 50/50, got up and tried to attack Yuri’s guard. After they scrambled when switching positions, on the feet, Yuri manages to grab Felipe’s waist from behind, and then jumps to try and take his back. Felipe falls, and, having landed on top, Yuri scores two points to win. This is his second title, following a victorious 88kg campaign in 2015.
Marcus Buchecha faced the sitting champion, Orlando Sanchez, in the final. Orlando got out ahead as he was on top in the north–south position. Buchecha reversed that position and took his opponent down, then took his back and attempted a rear naked choke. Orlando defends and manages to get back up. After an accidental head strike that injured Orlando, Buchecha attacked with the guillotine, spun to the back, placed the hooks, and wound up with a 6-0 win.
Bia Mesquita def. Bia Basílio, RNC
3rd– Michelle Nicolini
Gabi Garcia def. Talita Treta, americana
3rd– Jéssica Flowers
Rubens Cobrinha def. AJ Agazarm 6-0
3rd– Paulo Miyao
JT Torres def. Lucas Lepri 3-0
3rd– Vagner Rocha
Gordon Ryan def. Keenan Cornelius, guillotine
3rd– Xande Ribeiro
Yuri Simões def. Felipe Preguiça 2-0
3rd– Jackson Sousa
Marcus Buchecha def. Orlando Sanchez 6-0
3rd– Roberto Cyborg