ADCC 2017 World Championship Update: Who's In, Who's Out
IN: AJ Agazarm, Gabriel Arges, Alexandre Ribeiro, Felipe Pena, Jared Dopp
OUT: Sulimanov Mokhmad (1st Asian Trial winner) is OUT
AJ Agazarm is an ADCC veteran who fought through to the final of the West Coast trials earlier this year, losing to overall winner Vagner Rocha. Agazarm will compete at -66kg
Gabriel Arges is a Gracie Barra black belt who will make his ADCC debut in this tournament. A IBJJF World champion in 2017 and a two-time World Pro champion (2016 and 2017), Arges won No-Gi Worlds as a brown belt, but this is the biggest no-gi tournament of his young career so far. Arges will compete at -77kg
Xande Ribeiro is an ADCC mainstay, having debuted for the organization back in 2003. He has competed in every ADCC World Championships since then, except for the 2013 tournament in China, making him a six-time ADCC vet and two-time ADCC champion (2007 and 2009). Ribeiro will compete at -88kg.
Felipe Pena placed second in the -99kg division in 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, going head-to-head with Rodolfo Vieira in a 40-minute war. He will return to the -99kg category.
Jared Dopp is another 2015 silver medalist, and he will return to the +99kg division. This will be the Rafael Lovato Jr. student's third time competing at the ADCC Worlds, having placed third in 2013 and second in 2015.
Sulimanov Mokhmad of Kazakhstan qualified by winning the 1st Asian Trials at +99kg but has withdrawn from the competition.
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