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The Abu Dhabi Combat Club began their run-up to next year's ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships event with the "Road to ADCC" card held in Austin, Texas Saturday. Featuring several Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champions, the show's main event had defending ADCC 88 kg titlist Matheus Diniz stepping up in weight to battle the defending 99+ kg champion, Kaynan Duarte.

Duarte, among the hottest competitors currently on the grappling circuit, earned a quick submission win - one of only two submissions on the six bout card - getting a takedown and going into a leg lock to claim victory a little over two minutes into the match.

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Twenty-year-old prodigy Elisabeth Clay stole the show claiming double gold at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Pan American No-Gi Championships Saturday in Texas. Clay won the women's black belt medium heavyweight and open divisions while scoring six submissions in as many matches.

On the men's side, Giancarlo Bodoni won a referee's decision over Lucas Barbosa to capture the heavyweight black belt division after losing to Barbosa in the finals last year. But Barbosa turned around and defeated Bodoni 4-0 in the semis of the open weight class on his way to capturing gold in that division.

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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.