ADCC 2020 Day 1 Results – Scrambles and Wrestling Rules The Day

The first day of the Olympics of grappling comes to a close and the day is ruled by heavy wrestling and insane scrambling, showing once again that the ADCC ruleset still rules the roost.

The Hype Train Keep Going

The first standout of the day is Nick Rodriguez, who defeated Muhamad Aly in the first round as the judges favoured his higher work rate. During his quarterfinals matchup against Orlando Sanchez Rodriguez wasn’t slowing down, with an early back take and a close choke attempt saw Sanchez on the back foot for the rest of the match. After 15 minutes Sanchez was penalised for passivity, giving Nick Rodriguez the win and the pass to the Semi-Finals of the +99kg Division.

Ross Nicholls Shines in ADCC debut

One of the biggest standouts in the first round was Ross Nicholls, who took JT Torres all the way through overtime but a decision to pull guard resulted in a penalty giving JT the win. Aside from the penalty it was Nicholls who threatened numerous submissions against the reigning ADCC champion.

The Live The King

Unsurprisingly Gordon Ryan was one of the biggest standouts of the day, submitting Ben Hodgkinson in two minutes in the first round and finishing Tim Spriggs in the quarter-finals, both with chokes from the back.

While Gordon’s run keeps going, the same can’t be said for his younger brother Nicky, who was successful in his first round against Jamil Hill, it was Paulo Miyao who progresses onto the semi-final after defeating Nicky Ryan by 2 points.

Craig Jones 2.0

One of the most interesting aspects of this year’s ADCC was the new and improved Craig Jones, who seemed far more aware of the ADCC ruleset. Craig showed excellent skills implementing his leglock game in the first round, finishing Ben Dyson by heel hook. In the second round, Craig showed excellent all-round wrestling and grappling against Mason Fowler, who he managed to finish with an arm-in-guillotine 30 seconds from the end of the match.

Day 2 Matches

Men’s Division

66kg Semi-Finals

Paulo Miyao vs Augusto Mendes

Tye Ruloto vs Kennedy Maciel

77kg Semi-Finals

JT Torres vs Garry Tonon

Dante Leon vs Vagner Rocha

88kg Semi-Finals

Craig Jones vs Jon Blank

Josh Hinger vs Matheus Diniz

99kg Semi-Finals

Gordon Ryan vs Lucas Barbosa

Vinny Magalhaes vs Jackson Sousa

+99kg Semi-Finals

Buchecha vs Kaynan Duarte

Nick Rodriguez vs Roberto Cyborg Abreu

Female Division


Ffion Davies vs Bia Mesquita

Bianca Basillo vs Elvira Karppinen


Gabi Garcia vs Ann Vieria

Carina Silva vs Tayane Porfirio

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