2x ADCC Champ Yuri Simoes To Make MMA Debut at ONE Championship

2x ADCC Champ Yuri Simoes To Make MMA Debut at ONE Championship

After Rodolfo Vieira and Gabi Garcia, another ADCC champion has decided to the take the next step in their career: MMA. 2015 & 2017 ADCC champion Yuri Simoes has taken the big leap and signed with Singapore promotion One Championship.

Yuri stated on social media:

MMA has always been a dream of mine. @onechampionship give me a chance to have my mma debut at your event. I’m currently recovering from a serious knee injury but I will be 10000% ready to fight on the second semester of 2020. I promise you won’t be disappointed 😉


Yuri seems to have the right profile for MMA with his great wrestling, explosiveness and technical level.

Simoes had a disappointing campaign at ADCC 2019 where he injured his knee in his quarter final match against eventual division winner Kaynan Duarte.

He recently had to undergo knee surgery:

Today was the day of my knee surgery. Today also marks a day of a new journey for me – not only because of my jiujitsu career but mainly for my own personal growth. Why? Because I feel gratitude in a new form. I always knew low times can teach a lot, but I had not felt it in this level before. Man, I’m truly grateful for all the wonderful indivuals who stepped up to help me in a true time of need. These are the people I want to grow with – the people I will never forget and will help in their pursuits. There was some people that I’ll have to leave behind because when the sunshine and rainbows left, so did they.
I learned that there are truly amazing human beings in this world. With that being said, I want to thanks @mojassim80 for offering to help me and actually following through and taking care of my surgery. @stocktonshoulder Thank you so much for a successful surgery and the absolute best bedside manner. Thanks to my physical therapist and friend @max.munson for the great prehab work that we were doing prior surgery. I can’t wait to be back on the mats doing what I love!

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