Blue Belt Wins at Biggest Ever ADCC Event

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The ADCC Submission Fighting World Federation staged their largest ever qualifying event this weekend as more than 1000 grapplers turned out to compete at the West Coast Trials in Las Vegas looking to gain a spot in September's world championships. The field was so deep, a number of Brazilian jiu jitsu no gi world champions like Gianni Grippo, AJ Agazarm, Tammi Musumeci and Elisabeth Clay couldn't even reach the finals.

The story of the tournament was men's 88 kg winner Jacob Rodriguez. Despite being just a blue belt in BJJ, Rodriguez came in as a talented wrestler and the brother of 2019 ADCC heavyweight runner-up Nick Rodriguez. He submitted 6 of his 7 opponent's including a rare "buggy choke" in the finals against Hunter Colvin to take the title. Brianna Ste-Marie also shined capturing the women's 60 kg division making her the only woman to ever win both the East Coast and West Coast Trials. Other winners included Keith Krikorian at 66 kg, William Tackett at 77 kg, Paul Ardila at 99 kg, Kyle Boehm at 99+ kg and Amy Campo in the women's 60+ kg division.

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