ADCC Celebrates 25th Anniversary

ADCC Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Abu Dhabi Combat Club, widely known as ADCC, recently commemorated its 25th anniversary, marking a significant milestone in the realm of submission grappling and mixed martial arts. Established in 1998 by Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ADCC has evolved into one of the most prestigious global grappling competitions, attracting top athletes from around the world.

A defending characteristic of the ADCC is it’s Trials, where triumph grants participants a coveted spot in the ADCC World Championship held biennially. These Trials take place across four regions: European Trials, North and South America and Asia and Oceania Trials.

Best moments from ADCC :

  1. Gordon Ryan vs. Felipe Pena – ADCC 2017: The match between Gordon Ryan and Felipe Pena in the final of the +99 category at the ADCC 2017 World Championship was incredibly thrilling. The clash between two top fighters, who showcased incredible technique and fighting spirit, is remembered as one of the most intense and exciting moments in ADCC history.
  2. André Galvão’s Dominance – ADCC 2011: André Galvão, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and ADCC veteran, displayed an outstanding performance at the ADCC 2011 World Championship. Galvão competed in the -88 kg division and showcased his technical prowess and relentless determination, securing multiple submission victories route to winning the gold medal. His dominant run cemented his status as one of the greatest grapplers of his generation.
  3. Royler Gracie vs. Eddie Bravo – ADCC 2003: One of the most iconic moments in ADCC history was the showdown between Royler Gracie, a highly decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, and Eddie Bravo, a talented and innovative grappler. In a surprising turn of events, Eddie Bravo managed to submit Royler Gracie with a rare submission called the “twister”. This unexpected victory showcased Eddie Bravo’s skills and revolutionized the grappling world, inspiring new techniques.



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