ADCC Champions: Legendary Wrestlers You Should Know

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ADCC Champions are widely considered to be the best wrestlers in the world. This is due to the high level of competition in ADCC submission championships, which requires a grappler to be tough, strong, competent, and scalable. As a result, you should be aware of these renowned wrestlers and learn from them.

This article highlights the most successful grapplers who won the ADCC World Championship. Enjoy!

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ADCC World Champions of All Time

Many legendary grapplers have won the ADCC Submission Fighting Championship, including André Galvao, Gordon Ryan, Mario Sperry, Augusto Mendes, JT Torres, Matheus Diniz, Kaynan Duarte, Bianca Basilio, and others.

The table below shows all ADCC champions since 1998.

Year ADCC Champions
1998
  • Alexander Freitas (men, -66kg)
  • Renzo Gracie (men, -77kg)
  • Rodrigo Gracie (men, -88kg)
  • Mario Sperry (men, -99kg)
  • Ricco Rodriguez (men, +99kg)
  • Mario Sperry (men, absolute)
1999
  • Royler Gracie (men, -66kg)
  • Jean Jacques Machado (men, -77kg)
  • Karimula Barkalaev (men, -88kg)
  • Jeff Monson (men, -99kg)
  • Mark Kerr (men, +99kg)
  • Roberto Traven (men, absolute)
  • Mario Sperry (ADCC superfight winner)
2000
  • Royler Gracie (men, -66kg)
  • Renzo Gracie (men, -77kg)
  • Saulo Ribeiro (men, -88kg)
  • Ricardo Arona (men, -99kg)
  • Mark Kerr (men, +99kg)
  • Mark Kerr (men, absolute)
  • Mario Sperry (ADCC superfight winner)
2001
  • Royler Gracie (men, -66kg)
  • Marcio Feitosa (men, -77kg)
  • Sanae Kikuta (men, -88kg)
  • Ricardo Arona (men, -99kg)
  • Mark Robinson (men, +99kg)
  • Ricardo Arona (men, absolute)
  • Mark Kerr (ADCC superfight winner)
2003
  • Leo Vieira (men, -66kg)
  • Marcelo Garcia (men, -77kg)
  • Saulo Ribeiro (men, -88kg)
  • Jon Olav Einemo (men, -99kg)
  • Márcio Cruz (men, +99kg)
  • Dean Lister (men, absolute)
  • Ricardo Arona (ADCC superfight winner)
2005
  • Leo Vieira (men, -66kg)
  • Marcelo Garcia (men, -77kg)
  • Ronaldo Souza (men, -88kg)
  • Roger Gracie (men, -99kg)
  • Jeff Monson (men, +99kg)
  • Roger Gracie (men, absolute)
  • Dean Lister (ADCC superfight winner)
  • Kyra Gracie (women, -60kg)
  • Juliana Borges (women, +60kg)
  • Juliana Borges (women, absolute)
2007
  • Rani Yahya (men, -66kg)
  • Marcelo Garcia (men, -77kg)
  • Demian Maia (men, -88kg)
  • Alexandre Ribeiro (men, -99kg)
  • Fabrício Werdum (men, +99kg)
  • Robert Drysdale (men, absolute)
  • Roger Gracie (ADCC superfight winner)
  • Sayaka Shinoda (women, -55kg)
  • Kyra Gracie (women, -60kg)
  • Hannette Staack (women, -67kg)
  • Penny Thomas (women, +67kg)
  • Hannette Staack (women, absolute)
2009
  • Rafael Mendes (men, -66kg)
  • Pablo Popovitch (men, -77kg)
  • Braulio Estima (men, -88kg)
  • Alexandre Ribeiro (men, -99kg)
  • Fabrício Werdum (men, +99kg)
  • Braulio Estima (men, absolute)
  • Ronaldo Souza (ADCC superfight winner)
  • Luanna Alzuguir (women, -60kg)
  • Hannette Staack (women, +60kg)
2011
  • Rafael Mendes (men, -66kg)
  • Marcelo Garcia (men, -77kg)
  • André Galvão (men, -88kg)
  • Dean Lister (men, -99kg)
  • Vinny Magalhães (men, +99kg)
  • André Galvão (men, absolute)
  • Braulio Estima (ADCC superfight winner)
  • Kyra Gracie (women, -60kg)
  • Gabi Garcia (women, +60kg)
2013
  • Rubens Charles (men, -66kg)
  • Kron Gracie (men, -77kg)
  • Romulo Barral (men, -88kg)
  • João Assis (men, -99kg)
  • Marcus Almeida (men, +99kg)
  • Roberto Abreu (men, absolute)
  • André Galvão (ADCC superfight winner)
  • Michelle Nicolini (women, -60kg)
  • Gabi Garcia (women, +60kg)
2015
  • Rubens Charles (men, -66kg)
  • Davi Ramos (men, -77kg)
  • Yuri Simões (men, -88kg)
  • Rodolfo Vieira (men, -99kg)
  • Orlando Sanchez (men, +99kg)
  • Claudio Calasans (men, absolute)
  • André Galvão (ADCC superfight winner)
  • Mackenzie Dern (women, -60kg)
  • Ana Laura Cordeiro (women, +60kg)
2017
  • Rubens Charles (men, -66kg)
  • Jonathan Torres (men, -77kg)
  • Gordon Ryan (men, -88kg)
  • Yuri Simões (men, -99kg)
  • Marcus Almeida (men, +99kg)
  • Felipe Pena (men, absolute)
  • André Galvão (ADCC superfight winner)
  • Beatriz Mesquita (women, -60kg)
  • Gabi Garcia (women, +60kg)
2019
  • Augusto Mendes (men, -66kg)
  • Jonathan Torres (men, -77kg)
  • Matheus Diniz (men, -88kg)
  • Gordon Ryan (men, -99kg)
  • Kaynan Duarte (+99kg)
  • Gordon Ryan (men, absolute)
  • André Galvão (ADCC superfight winner)
  • Bianca Basílio (women, -60kg)
  • Gabi Garcia (women, +60kg)
2022
  • Diogo Reis (men, -66kg)
  • Kade Ruotolo (men, -77kg)
  • Giancarlo Bodoni (men, -88kg)
  • Kaynan Duarte (men, -99kg)
  • Gordon Ryan (+99kg)
  • Yuri Simoes (men, absolute)
  • Gordon Ryan (ADCC superfight winner)
  • Ffion Davies (women, -60kg)
  • Amy Campo (women, +60kg)

-66kg Men Division ADCC Champions of All Time

Many great wrestlers have won the -66kg weight division ADCC Submission Championship, including Royler Gracie (3 times), Rubens Charles (3 times), Leo Vieira (2 times), Rafael Mendes (2 times), and others.

Here is the list of all -66kg men’s division ADCC winners.

Year  -66kg men’s division ADCC champions
1998 Alexander Freitas
1999 Royler Gracie
2000 Royler Gracie
2001 Royler Gracie
2003 Leo Vieira
2005 Leo Vieira
2007 Rani Yahya
2009 Rafael Mendes
2011 Rafael Mendes
2013 Rubens Charles
2015 Rubens Charles
2017 Rubens Charles
2019 Augusto Mendes
2022 Diogo Reis

-77kg Men Division ADCC Winners of All Time

Many great wrestlers have won the -77kg weight division ADCC World Championship, including Renzo Gracie (2 times), Marcelo Garcia (4 times), Jonathan Torres (2 times), Jean Jacques Machado, and others.

The table below shows all -77kg men’s division ADCC champions.

Year -77kg men’s division ADCC champions
1998 Renzo Gracie
1999 Jean Jacques Machado
2000 Renzo Gracie
2001 Marcio Feitosa
2003 Marcelo Garcia
2005 Marcelo Garcia
2007 Marcelo Garcia
2009 Pablo Popovitch
2011 Marcelo Garcia
2013 Kron Gracie
2015 Davi Ramos
2017 Jonathan Torres
2019 Jonathan Torres
2022 Kade Ruotolo

-88kg Men Division ADCC Champions of All Time

Many great grapplers have won the -88kg weight division ADCC submission grappling championship, including Saulo Ribeiro (2 times), André Galvão, Gordon Ryan, Romulo Barral, Braulio Estima, and others.

Here is a list of all -88kg men’s division ADCC winners.

Year -88kg men’s division ADCC champions
1998 Rodrigo Gracie
1999 Karimula Barkalaev
2000 Saulo Ribeiro
2001 Sanae Kikuta
2003 Saulo Ribeiro
2005 Ronaldo Souza
2007 Demian Maia
2009 Braulio Estima
2011 André Galvão
2013 Romulo Barral
2015 Yuri Simões
2017 Gordon Ryan
2019 Matheus Diniz
2022 Giancarlo Bodoni

-99kg Men Division ADCC Winners of All Time

Many great wrestlers have won the -99kg weight division ADCC Championship, including Ricardo Arona (2 times), Alexandre Ribeiro (2 times), Rodolfo Vieira, Dean Lister, Gordon Ryan, Roger Gracie, and others.

The table below shows all -99 kg men’s division ADCC world championship winners.

Year -99kg men’s division ADCC champions
1998 Mario Sperry
1999 Jeff Monson
2000 Ricardo Arona
2001 Ricardo Arona
2003 Jon Olav Einemo
2005 Roger Gracie
2007 Alexandre Ribeiro
2009 Alexandre Ribeiro
2011 Dean Lister
2013 João Assis
2015 Rodolfo Vieira
2017 Yuri Simões
2019 Gordon Ryan
2022 Kaynan Duarte

+99kg Men Division ADCC Champions of All Time

Many great grapplers have won the +99kg weight division ADCC Submission Wrestling Championship, including Mark Kerr (2 times), Fabrício Werdum (2 times), Marcus Almeida (2 times), Kaynan Duarte, Orlando Sanchez, and others.

The table below shows all +99kg men’s division ADCC tournament winners.

Year +99kg men’s division ADCC champions
1998 Ricco Rodriguez
1999 Mark Kerr
2000 Mark Kerr
2001 Mark Robinson
2003 Márcio Cruz
2005 Jeff Monson
2007 Fabrício Werdum
2009 Fabrício Werdum
2011 Vinny Magalhães
2013 Marcus Almeida
2015 Orlando Sanchez
2017 Marcus Almeida
2019 Kaynan Duarte
2022 Gordon Ryan

ADCC Absolute Champions of All Time

Many great wrestlers have won the absolute division ADCC Submission Fighting Championship, including Mark Kerr, Mario Sperry, Dean Lister, Roger Gracie, Braulio Estima, André Galvão, Claudio Calasans, and others.

Here is a list of all absolute division ADCC submission champions.

Year Absolute division ADCC champions
1998 Mario Sperry
1999 Roberto Traven
2000 Mark Kerr
2001 Ricardo Arona
2003 Dean Lister
2005 Roger Gracie
2007 Robert Drysdale
2009 Braulio Estima
2011 André Galvão
2013 Roberto Abreu
2015 Claudio Calasans
2017 Felipe Pena
2019 Gordon Ryan
2022 Yuri Simões

ADCC Superfight Champions of All Time

Many great wrestlers have won the ADCC superfight, including André Galvão (4 times), Mario Sperry (2 times), Dean Lister, Roger Gracie, Braulio Estima, and others.

The table below shows the list of all ADCC super-fight winners.

Year ADCC Super Fight Winners
1999 Mario Sperry
2000 Mario Sperry
2001 Mark Kerr
2003 Ricardo Arona
2005 Dean Lister
2007 Roger Gracie
2009 Ronaldo Souza
2011 Braulio Estima
2013 André Galvão
2015 André Galvão
2017 André Galvão
2019 André Galvão
2022 Gordon Ryan

 


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ADCC Female Champions of All Time

Many great female grapplers have won the ADCC World Championship, including Kyra Gracie (3 times), Gabi Garcia (4 times), Mackenzie Dern, Bianca Basílio, Beatriz Mesquita, and others.

The table below shows the ADCC list of all female champions.

Year Female ADCC winners
2005
  • Kyra Gracie (-60kg)
  • Juliana Borges (+60kg)
  • Juliana Borges (absolute)
2007
  • Sayaka Shinoda (-55kg)
  • Kyra Gracie (-60kg)
  • Hannette Staack (-67kg)
  • Penny Thomas (+67kg)
  • Hannette Staack (absolute)
2009
  • Luanna Alzuguir (-60kg)
  • Hannette Staack (+60kg)
2011
  • Kyra Gracie (-60kg)
  • Gabi Garcia (+60kg)
2013
  • Michelle Nicolini (-60kg)
  • Gabi Garcia (+60kg)
2015
  • Mackenzie Dern (-60kg)
  • Ana Laura Cordeiro (+60kg)
2017
  • Beatriz Mesquita (-60kg)
  • Gabi Garcia (+60kg)
2019
  • Bianca Basílio (-60kg)
  • Gabi Garcia (+60kg)
2022
  • Ffion Davies (-60kg)
  • Amy Campo (+60kg)

Conclusion

The ADCC champions are widely considered the world’s best wrestlers. This high-level submission grappling tournament tests grapplers to their breaking point.

I hope you found this information about the ADCC submission fighting championship winners to be helpful.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who Has the Most ADCC Superfight Victories?

André Galvao holds the most ADCC Superfight titles, four in total. Otherwise, Mario Sperry is the second ADCC superfight winner, with two gold medals.

Who Has Won the Most -66kg Men Division ADCC Golds?

Royler Gracie and Rubens Charles are the most gold winners in ADCC -66kg weight division, with three titles each. Otherwise, Leo Vieira and Rafael Mendes are tied for second place with two titles each.

Who Is the Most ADCC Gold Winner in -77kg Class?

Marcelo Garcia holds the record for the most ADCC gold medals in the -77kg men’s class with four championships. Otherwise, Jonathan Torres and Renzo Gracie are tied for second place with two titles each.

Who Has the Most ADCC Gold Medals in the -88kg Class?

Saulo Ribeiro has the most ADCC gold medals in the -88kg men’s class since 2003, with two championships. In addition, many wrestlers, including Demian Maia, André Galvo, Gordon Ryan, Romulo Barral, Braulio Estima, and others, have won one gold in this weight class.

Who Has the Most ADCC Gold Medals in the -99kg Class?

Ricardo Arona and Alexandre Ribeiro have won the most ADCC gold medals in the -99kg men’s weight category, with two championships each. In addition, many wrestlers, including Rodolfo Vieira, Dean Lister, Gordon Ryan, Roger Gracie, Mario Sperry, and others, have won one gold in this weight class.

Who Has the Most ADCC Gold Medals in the +99kg Category?

With two championships each, Mark Kerr, Fabrício Werdum, and Marcus Almeida are the most ADCC gold winners in the +99kg men’s weight class. Moreover, many wrestlers have earned one gold medal in this weight class, including Kaynan Duarte, Ricco Rodriguez, Orlando Sanchez, Mark Robinson, and others.

Who Has the Most ADCC Absolute Gold Medals?

The absolute division in the ADCC Submission Fighting Championship is hugely competitive. As a result, several wrestlers, like Mark Kerr, Mario Sperry, Dean Lister, Roger Gracie, Braulio Estima, André Galvo, Claudio Calasans, and others, have one gold medal in the history of ADCC.

Who Has Won the Most ADCC Female Championships?

Gabi Garcia is the most ADCC Female Championship winner, with four gold medals. Furthermore, Kyra Gracie is the second most ADCC women’s tournament champion, with three gold medals.

How Many ADCC World Championships Has Gordon Ryan Won?

Gordon Ryan has won five ADCC World Championships. He won gold in the -88kg weight class in 2017, double gold (-99kg weight class + absolute) in 2019, and double gold (+99kg weight class + superfight) in 2022.

Who Is the Youngest ADCC World Champion?

At 19, Kade Ruotolo is the youngest ADCC World Champion. He set this record by submitting Mica Galvao in the ADCC World Championship 2022 with a leglock.

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