2022 FloGrappling Awards

See The Nominees For 2022 FloGrappling Breakthrough Grappler Of The Year

See The Nominees For 2022 FloGrappling Breakthrough Grappler Of The Year

The 2022 FloGrappling Breakthrough Grappler Of The Year nominees have been announced! See which five athletes are up for the award, and vote here now.

Dec 21, 2022 by Corey Stockton

Voting is now open for the 2022 FloGrappling Awards. Read below to see which five athletes have been nominated for Male Grappler of the Year, and cast your ballot in the form at the end of this article.

Tune in live for the official award show on Thursday, January 12 at 2pm CT!

Giancarlo Bodoni

New Wave's Giancarlo Bodoni had set himself up for greatness at the tail end of 2021, when he secured a spot at the ADCC World Championships via the East Coast Trials.

But 2022 signaled his arrival at the highest level of the sport.

Bodoni stormed through his ADCC debut, submitting three of his four opponents — including reigning champ Matheus Diniz — to capture the 88kg title; and he submitted one more opponent in the absolute.

In his division final, Bodoni overcame rival Lucas Barbosa, submitting the Hulk to solidify his place in ADCC glory.

Amy Campo

Astute fans will know that Amy Campo was an absolute terror to her opponents at brown belt. But in her rookie year at black belt, she put the world on notice.

Campo submitted three of her five opponents at the ADCC West Coast Trials to punch her ticket to the big show.

After defeating stalwarts Yara Soares and Ana Carolina Vieira on her way to the absolute final in her first IBJJF Worlds as a black belt, Campo headed to ADCC, where she defeated three of the most dangerous women in the division: Elisabeth Clay, Gabi Garcia and Rafaela Guedes.

Campo doubled down at No-Gi Worlds, taking gold in her weight category and silver in the absolute. Campo has proven this year that she is a formidable threat in both gi and no-gi competition.

Izaak Michell

Izaak Michell earned the attention of grappling fans in his meteoric rise on the Who's Next reality show.

He proved his mettle on the Who's Next finale, where he endured a 150-minute match against Kyle Chambers to capture the title of WNX champion.

A few days earlier, he tore through the ADCC Oceania & Asia Trials, submitting several opponents despite a dramatic weight deficit.

In his ADCC debut, he opened against Vagner Rocha, dragging the veteran to a decision in a match named best of the event. That match has also been nominated for FloGrappling Match Of The Year.

Brianna Ste-Marie

Brianna Ste-Marie was nearly overqualified to be considered a breakthrough grappler. She was nominated in the category in 2021.

But Ste-Marie broke through to yet a new level in 2022. After winning the 2021 ADCC East Coast Trials in November, she repeated at the West Coast Trials in 2022, becoming the first athlete ever to win both trials in the same season.

At ADCC, she fought to second place, taking out the reigning -60kg division champ Bianca Basilio before running into Ffion Davies.

She capped off the season with a stellar WNO victory against highly-ranked Mayssa Bastos, then submitted each of her three opponents to win her first IBJJF No-Gi Worlds title. All this as a rookie black belt.

Jay Rodriguez

B-Team's Jay Rodriguez went from mediocre to top-ranked in a matter of months. At No-Gi Worlds in 2021, he fell in the early rounds of the blue belt division.

Six months later, he submitted eight opponents in eight matches to win the ADCC West Coast Trials in the deepest 88kg division in history.

Spoiler: the buggy choke with which he won the final is nominated for submission of the year.

Since then, Jay Rod has become notorious from his buggy choke. And even for a submission of that type, it's unorthodox. He's landed it from guard, from north-south.

Add to that: he's an ace wrestler with the heart and cardio that makes him dangerous from anywhere at any time. In his WNO debut, for example, he endured 10 minutes of back control before escaping and pushing the pace on his opponent, Giancarlo Bodoni.