Events

The Who's Number 1 grappling promotion returned to action Friday in Austin, Texas as leg lock specialist Craig Jones scored a quick heel hook victory over Ronaldo Junior in the main event. The co-main event saw no-gi grappling sensation Gordon Ryan making headlines, as he often does, for both good and bad reasons.

Ryan predicted an armbar win over Roberto Jimenez then delivered. However, the impressive win was marred as Ryan and renowned jiu-jitsu champion Andre Galvao got into a confrontation backstage that reportedly had Ryan delivering a slap. The two men have been exchanging trash talk for some time over a possible superfight match-up at the next ADCC World Championship tournament.

Saturday saw the first ever all-female pro grappling event take place in Miami, Florida. Staged by the Fight 2 Win promotion, the show featured only female referees, judges, commentators and more than 40 adult women grapplers competing in individual matches.

The main event had Rafaela Guedes, a black belt for only six months, continue her hot streak defeating three-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Ana Carolina Vieira by decision in a no-gi match. The show also saw a battle of former ADCC world champions as Luanna Alzuguir won a very close split decision over 41-year-old BJJ legend Hannette Staack in another no-gi battle.


The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation staged its Pan American No-Gi Championships in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend though with a field missing many elite grapplers due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The women's black belt competition could only muster enough participants to fill out two of it's scheduled seven divisions.

The men's black belt competition did see multi-time IBJJF no-gi world champion Lucas "Hulk" Barbosa capture the heavyweight class while ADCC world champion Kaynan Duarte took the super heavyweight class. The two teammates from the Atos squad then met in the finals of the absolute division but disappointingly opted not to compete against each other.


The ADCC World Championships, the most prestigious event in no-gi grappling, announced they will be postponing their 2021 tournament until 2022 due to the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tournament director Mo Jassim cited the need to hold trials - several qualifying events have already been canceled - and a desire to have spectators at the championships as reasons for the postponement.

The biennial tournament was originally slated for September 2021 in Las Vegas but the ADCC now plans to hold it sometime early in 2022.