ADCC European Trials 2023 Results

ADCC European Trials 2023 Results

The ADCC European Trials 2023 marked a significant milestone in the world of professional grappling. The event, featuring top-tier talent and fierce competition, delivered moments of excellence and determination that will be remembered for years to come. Join us as we delve into the highlights of this historic tournament and recognize the winners who earned their places on the world stage.

ADCC European Trials Winners:

Men’s Divisions:

Owen Jones – 66kg

Emerging as a rising star, Owen Jones made a lasting impression in the 66kg category. Jones accumulated 15 unanswered points, showcasing both his technical proficiency and adaptability. His milestone victory in the semifinals against 2022 ADCC veteran Ashley Williams, secured via decision, underscored his potential in the world of professional grappling.

Owen Jones

Jozef Chen – 77kg

Jozef Chen, a talented 18-year-old brown belt, showcased his skills by securing victory in the 77kg category. He submitted his first two opponents in the preliminary rounds, displaying both technique and determination. In the quarterfinals, he faced ADCC 2022 veteran Mateusz Szczeciński and emerged victorious through a decision. His journey continued with a nine-point victory over Tommy Langaker in the semifinals and a thrilling overtime win against Oliver Taza in the final. Chen’s performance earned him a well-deserved spot at the 2024 ADCC World Championships.

 

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Luke Griffith – 99kg

Luke Griffith, the 2022 ADCC European Trials winner, demonstrated his consistency by triumphing in the 99kg category. Griffith’s path to victory included an impressive five-win streak marked by a 100% submission rate. His mastery of chokes from the back was evident, and he sealed the deal with a dominant smothering asphyxiation victory in the final.

 

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Santeri Lilius – 88kg

Santeri Lilius, a familiar face from the 2022 trials, returned to the world stage by dominating the 88kg category. With 13 uncontested points accumulated in five matches, Lilius showcased his exceptional grappling skills. His journey reaffirmed his status as a formidable contender in the ADCC arena.

Heikki Jussila – +99kg

Finland’s Heikki Jussila secured his spot at the 2024 ADCC World Championships by defeating fellow 2022 veteran Dan Manasoiu via penalties in the +99kg final. Jussila’s tenacity and strategic prowess were on full display, making him a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division.

Women’s Divisions

Scandinavian Dominance in Women’s Divisions: While the female division contenders did not secure ADCC Worlds contention in the inaugural trials, the Scandinavian athletes left their mark:

  • Josafine Modig – 55kg Category (Norway): Modig secured her victory with two impressive submissions in four matches.
    Josefine Modig
  • Sani Brannfors – 65kg Category (Finland): Brannfors asserted her dominance, winning all five of her matches to claim the gold.
    Sani Brannfors
  • Ane Svendsen – +65kg Category (Norway): Svendsen clinched +65kg gold with a triumphant three-win run.
    Ane Svendsen

Conclusion:

The ADCC European Trials 2023 showcased excellence and determination in the world of professional grappling. From the triumphs of Jozef Chen, Luke Griffith, Santeri Lilius, Heikki Jussila, and Owen Jones to the dominance of Scandinavian athletes in the women’s divisions, the event served as a testament to the skill and dedication of its participants. As we look ahead to the 2024 ADCC World Championships, the legacy of these remarkable athletes continues to grow, promising more thrilling moments in the world of ADCC. You can watch all matches by subscribing to Flograppling.

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