The most prestigious grappling promotion in the world has handed out its first batch of invites. Among the Abu Dhabi Combat Club 2019 participants are some old time favorites as well as a fresh crop of exciting names.
Dillon Danis, the self proclaimed best grappler in mma, will be changing divisions and unlike in 2017 this year he will be in the upto 77 kg division.
Other changes include reigning 88 kg champion Gordon Ryan moving up to the 99 kilogram division.
Among the invites several surprises including an invite for Aj Agazarm to reprise his participation in the 66kg division.
One controversy worth discussing is that initially Craig Jones wasn’t among those emailed but he later clarified that the promotion somehow had a wrong email for him- and he is invited after all.
According to the official site these are the invitees prior to yesterday’s email campaign:
MALE -66 kg (Out of 16)
- Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles – Brazil – (Alliance) – ADCC Worlds 2017 winner
- Zaur Akhmedov – Russia – (Team Abubakarova) – 1st European Trial winner
- Ethan Crelinsten – Canada – (Tristar/Renzo Gracie) – 1st North American Trial winner
MALE -77 kg (Out of 16)
- JT Torres – USA – (Atos) – ADCC Worlds 2017 winner
- Ross Nicholls – United Kingdom – (Roger Gracie Academy) – 1st European Trial winner
- Jonathan Satava – USA – (Alliance/Marcelo Garcia) – 1st North American Trial winner
MALE -88 kg (Out of 16)
- Gordon Ryan – USA (Renzo Gracie/Danaher Death Squad) – ADCC Worlds 2017 winner
- Adam Wardzinski – Poland – (Checkmat International) – 1st European Trial winner
- Alec Baulding – USA – (Alliance) – 1st North American Trial winner
MALE -99 kg (Out of 16)
- Yuri Simoes – Brazil – (Caio Terra BJJ) – ADCC Worlds 2017 winner
- Perttu Tepponen – Finland – (TJJK Tampere – Hilti BJJ) – 1st European Trial winner
- Timothy-Michael Spriggs – USA – (Lloyd Irvin) – 1st North American Trial winner
- Ben Hodgkinson – Australia – (Absolute MMA) – Invited
MALE +99 kg (Out of 16)
- Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida – Brazil – (Checkmat) – ADCC Worlds 2017 winner
- Eldar Rafigaev – Moldova – (Jungle Bjj) – 1st European Trial winner
- Aaron Tex Johnson – USA – (Unity Jiu-Jitsu) – 1st North American Trial winner
FEMALE -60 kg (Out of 8)
- Beatriz Mesquita – Brazil – (Gracie Humaita) – ADCC Worlds 2017 winner
FEMALE +60 kg (Out of 8)
- Gabi Garcia – Brazil – (Alliance) – ADCC Worlds 2017 winner
When we account for emails shared on social media the list is as follows (via flograppling):
2017 champion: Rubens ‘Cobrinha’ Charles
1st European Trials Winner: Zaur Akhmedov (Russia)
1st North American Trials Winner: Ethan Crelinsten (Canada)
2nd North American Trials Winner: Nicky Ryan (USA)
Invited: Geo Martinez
Invited: AJ Agazarm
Invited: Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes
Invited: Shane Jamil Hill-Taylor
2017 champion: JT Torres
1st European Trials Winner: Ross Nicholls (United Kingdom)
1st North American Trials Winner: Jon Satava (USA)
2nd North American Trials Winner: John Combs (USA)
Invited: Vagner Rocha
Invited: Dillon Danis
Invited: Oliver Taza
Invited: Edwin Najmi
1st European Trials Winner: Adam Wardzinski (Poland)
1st North American Trials Winner: Alec Baulding (USA)
2nd North American Trials Winner: Josh Hinger (USA)
Invited: Xande Ribeiro
Invited: Kit Dale
Invited: Rustam Chsiev
Invited: Craig Jones
2017 champion: Yuri Simoes
2017 88kg champion: Gordon Ryan (moves up to -99kg)
1st European Trials Winner: Perttu Tepponen (Finland)
1st North American Trials Winner: Tim Spriggs (USA)
2nd North American Trials Winner: Mason Fowler (USA)
Invited: Ben Hodgkinson
Invited: Mahamed Aly
Invited: Patrick Gaudio
Invited: Vinny Magalhaes
Invited: Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa
2017 champion: Marcus Buchecha Almeida
1st European Trials Winner: Eldar Rafigaev (Moldova)
1st North American Trials Winner: Aaron “Tex” Johnson (USA)
2nd North American Trials Winner: Nick Rodriguez (USA)
Invited: Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu
Invited: Jared Dopp
Invited: Kaynan Duarte
2017 champion: Beatriz Mesquita
North American Trials Winner: Jena Bishop (USA)
Invited: Elvira Karppinen
2017 champion: Gabi Garcia
North American Trials Winner: Amanda Leve (USA)
Invited: Jessica Flowers
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