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
Paulo Miyao vs Augusto Mendes
Tye Ruloto vs Kennedy Maciel
JT Torres vs Garry Tonon
Dante Leon vs Vagner Rocha
Craig Jones vs Jon Blank
Josh Hinger vs Matheus Diniz
Gordon Ryan vs Lucas Barbosa
Vinny Magalhaes vs Jackson Sousa
Buchecha vs Kaynan Duarte
Nick Rodriguez vs Roberto Cyborg Abreu
Ffion Davies vs Bia Mesquita
Bianca Basillo vs Elvira Karppinen
Gabi Garcia vs Ann Vieria
Carina Silva vs Tayane Porfirio