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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.

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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ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong dropped big on Twitter news to begin the week.

The leader of Asia's largest sports media property announced that Gordon Ryan's highly-anticipated debut in the organization would come on August 27 in an openweight grappling super match.

Ryan has competed at nearly 220 pounds throughout his grappling career. Upon signing with ONE, Ryan said he would be competing in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. But first-up will be a dazzling spotlight on two of the world's premier grapplers.

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Perennial NCAA wrestling powerhouse the University of Iowa earned their first team title in more than a decade at Saturday's national championships in St. Louis, Mo. Iowa was lead by Spencer Lee, the winner of the 2020 Dan Hodge Trophy emblematic of the best collegiate wrestler in the nation.

Lee took his third national championship capturing the 125 pound finals over Arizona State's Brandon Courtney 7-0 despite what he said were ACL injuries in both knees. Penn State finished second in the team standings despite winning four individual titles. Other highlights of the day included A.J. Ferrari becoming only the third ever true freshman from Oklahoma State, and one of only a handful of true freshman in history, to win an NCAA title when he claimed the 197 pound division.