How Do Grapplers Qualify for ADCC World Championship?

how do grapplers qualify for adcc world championship

The ADCC Championship is recognized as an Olympic grappling game. The world’s professional wrestlers gather for this prestigious submission wrestling tournament every two years. Therefore many curious grappling fans are wondering how to qualify for the ADCC.

A BJJ fighter, wrestler, or judoka grappler can qualify for the ADCC submission fighting World Championship in one of three ways:

  1. Winning the ADCC trials “continental qualifying events.”
  2. Being invited to compete by the ADCC organization, which is reserved for famous and more achiever grapplers.
  3. Being the former ADCC division title holder.

This page will cover everything there is to know about ADCC World Championship qualification. It will discuss the ADCC continental trials, rules, and other pertinent information. Keep an eye out!

ADCC Continental Trials

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Wrestlers worldwide can access the ADCC world championship by winning an ADCC trial. This continental qualifying event is held in various locations, including Europe, North and South America, and Asia.

The following are the main ADCC trials

  • ADCC Oceania and Asian Trials
  • ADCC European Trials
  • ADCC North American Trials
  • ADCC North American Trials

Moreover, if you want to compete in the ADCC Trials, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. ADCC Trials organizations require that fighters must have original and valid passports.
  2. The first trials will only qualify males, while the second trials will qualify both males and females.
  3. Grapplers from the Middle East and Africa are welcome to compete in the European Trials.

How to Qualify to ADCC by Invitation?

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To qualify for the ADCC world championship by invitation, you be a famous grappler with several achievements.

Simply look at the following list of invited wrestlers for the ADCC world championship to find out that they are all excellent grapplers.

Weight Class 2022 ADCC Invited Grapplers
Men -66kg
  • Kennedy Maciel (Alliance)
  • Gabriel Sousa (Zr Team)
  • Ethan Crelinsten (B-Team)
  • Geo Martinez (10th Planet)
  • Diego “Pato” Oliveira (Dream Art)
  • Ruan Alvarenga (Alliance)
  • AJ Agazarm
  • Joshua Cisneros (Ares BJJ)
  • Garry Tonon (New Wave Jiu-Jitsu)
Men -77kg 
  • Lachlan Giles (Absolute MMA)
  • Davi Ramos (Atos)
  • Magid Hage (Surfight)
  • Nicky Ryan (B-Team)
  • Dante Leon (Pedigo Submission Fighting)
  • Renato Canuto (Checkmat)
  • PJ Barch (10th Planet)
  • Andy Varela (10th Planet)
Men -88kg
  • Xande Ribeiro (Six Blades)
  • Josh Hinger (Atos)
  • Tye Ruotolo (Atos)
  • Vagner Rocha (Fight Sports)
  • Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa (Atos)
  • Pedro Marinho (Gracie Barra)
Men -99kg
  • Vinicius “Trator” Ferreira (Alliance)
  • Rafael Lovato Jr. (Six Blades)
  • Yuri Simoes (Brasa CTA)
  • Patrick Gaudio (GF Team)
  • Nicholas Meregali (Dream Art)
  • Elder Cruz (Checkmat)
  • Craig Jones (B-Team)
  • Devhonte Johnson (Unity)
  • Lucas Lira (Fight Sports Miami)
Men +99kg
  • Nick Rodriguez (B-Team)
  • Felipe Pena (Gracie Barra)
  • Joao Gabriel Rocha (Alliance)
  • Victor Hugo (Six Blades)
  • Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu (Fight Sports)
  • Haisam Rida (Assembly Jiu-Jitsu)
  • Orlando Sanchez (Gracie Barra)
  • Vinny Magalhaes (10th Planet)
  • Max Gimenis (GF Team)
  • Damon Ramos (Renzo Gracie)
Women’s -60kg
  • Beatriz Mesquita
  • Ffion Davies
  • Elvira Karppinen (10th Planet)
Women’s +60kg
  • Rafaela Guedes (Atos)
  • Elisabeth Clay (Ares BJJ)
  • Kendall Reusing (Gracie Barra)


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How to Qualify for the ADCC as a Former Champion?

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Former ADCC Champions are wrestlers who have previously won the ADCC tournament title. Therefore, they qualified for the next ADCC World Championship automatically.

The following is a list of 2019 ADCC champions who have already qualified for the 2022 ADCC World Championship.

  1. Jonathan Torres
  2. Matheus Diniz
  3. Kaynan Duarte
  4. Gordon Ryan
  5. Bianca Basílio
  6. Gabi Garcia


Every two years, professional wrestlers gather for the ADCC world championship. You can qualify for this high-level grappling championship in one of the following three ways:

  1. Win an ADCC trial “continental qualifying event.”
  2. Receive an invitation from the ADCC organization.
  3. Win the previous ADCC World Championship.

I hope this article was helpful!

Related Article: ADCC Submission Fighting Championship 2022.