In this special ADCC day 1 edition of the Grappling Rewind Podcast, Maine and Emil talk about the opening rounds of the tournament, the incredible atmosphere of the event, breakdown exciting matches from each of the women and men's divisions and discuss major upsets.
In the over 99 kg men's division we talk about the destructive match between Nick Rodriguez and Mahamad Aly which featured brilliant takedowns and demolished judges tables, as well as Nick Rodriguez's continuing success over Orlando Sanchez. We also discuss Kaynan Duarte's progression into the semifinals and the leg injury Yuri Simoes sustained in their match. We cover Marcus Buchecha Almeida's clutch last second come-from-behind win and Roberto Cyborg Abreau's progression into the semifinals.
We get into Gordon Ryan's amazing start to the tournament in the under 99kg men's division where he is two-for-two in getting submission wins. Lucas the Hulk Barbosa and Vinny Magalhaes proceed to the semifinals in dominant fashion.
We talk about Craig Jones and Josh Hinger winning their respective first two matches by submission in the men's under 88 kg division. Matheus Diniz and John Thor Blank progress in commanding fashion into semifinals as well.
We discuss a major upset with Dante Leon defeating Lucas Lepri by a dynamic backtake in the men's under 77 kg division, the thrilling antics of Vagner Rocha on his campaign into the semifinals, and what could be one of the most exciting matches of the tournament: Garry Tonon vs. Renato Canuto, with Garry winning to proceed to the semifinals. We talk about which competitors have the best chance at defeating reigning 2017 ADCC Champion JT Torres.
In the men's under 66 kg division we talk about Nicky Ryan defeating Shane Hill Taylor only to lose to gi world champion Paulo Miyao, as well as Augusto Tanquinho Mendes two decisive victories. We also discuss the two young guns entering the semifinals, Kennedy Cobrinha Jr. Maciel and Tye Ruotolo.
With Bia Mesquita getting one of the fastest submissions in the women's brackets, she has shown everyone this is her division to lose- we discuss whether Ffion Davies has a chance at dethroning the Queen of the under 60 kg division. The semifinals are poised to be thrilling matches, with Bianca Vasilio and Elvira Karppinen both progressing into the tournament.
Finally, in the women's under 60 kg division Gabi Garcia imposed her will on Stephanie Egger to win the match, and Anna Carolina Vieira also progresses into the semifinals along with Tayane Porfirio and Carina Santi