2024 ADCC European, Middle East and African Trial

Tommy Wins ADCC Trials, Pearman Goes 6 For 6 | ADCC European Trials Recap

Tommy Wins ADCC Trials, Pearman Goes 6 For 6 | ADCC European Trials Recap

Tommy Langaker will return to ADCC, Taylor Pearman goes 6 for 6 on submissions, & more news from the fourth installment of ADCC Trials in the 2023-4 season.

Feb 17, 2024 by Corey Stockton
Tommy Wins ADCC Trials, Pearman Goes 6 For 6 | ADCC European Trials Recap

Tommy Langaker submitted Davis Asare via rear naked choke in the 77kg finals of the 2nd ADCC European Trials in Croatia today, punching his ticket to return to the ADCC World Championships in Las Vegas later this year.

Langaker, the reigning IBJJF middleweight no-gi world champion, submitted four of his six opponents en route to the top of the podium: a smother tap, a straight ankle lock, then two rear naked chokes.

Norway's Langaker will return to ADCC via the trials after making his ADCC debut in 2022 on the heels of his first trials gold in 2022, which was his first effort in the ADCC ruleset. Langaker lost his first match at ADCC Worlds in 2022 to PJ Barch by points. Since then, he has found no-gi success, competing often on the ONE Championship stage and winning a no-gi world title.


Taylor Pearman had the breakout performance of the day in Croatia, winning the 88kg division with six submissions in as many matches.

Pearman went to the well early and often on leglocks, finishing three of his matches via heel hook from the false reap setup, and three more with various different heel hook setups. His standout victory was in the semis over Adam Wardzinski by false reap heel hook. In the final, he defeated Ben Bennett with a similar setup.

Pearman had a solid run at the 1st European Trials in 2023, losing in the quarterfinals after three submission victories and a points win. Today's performance was a career best for the Englishman.


Russian grappler Gairbeg Ibragimov ran through a gauntlet in the 66kg division, winning seven bouts to earn his spot at the 2024 ADCC World Championships.

Ibragimov, who first earned notoriety for his win over IBJJF world champion Fabricio Andrey at AIGA, defeated ADCC veteran Ashley Williams in a closely contested semifinal before defeating Ygit Hanay in the final by decision.

Watch every Gairbeg match here.

Margot Ciccarelli became the first name officially invited to the new -55kg division at ADCC 2024, winning the European Trials representing Italy with a series of back takes putting her over the top in most matches. She scored 12 points in five matches and didn't concede a point. And in her opening bout she landed a quick kimura finish.

Ciccarelli is one of many Art of Jiu-Jitsu athletes slated to attend ADCC in 2024. Although many names are still unconfirmed, the team is sure to be well-represented in Las Vegas in August.

The Polish Punisher, Marcin Maciulewicz took the trials title at 99kg, locking in a quick false reap heel hook in the final to secure his third submission in six matches. Maciulewicz has been on the rise since a breakout performance at the 2023 IBJJF No-Gi World Championships, where he won brown belt gold. With the win, he establishes himself as yet another top-flight grappler from Poland, a country which is rapidly becoming a powerhouse on the no-gi scene.


At the 2023 European Trials, Maciulewicz fell early to eventual division winner Luke Griffith.

Aurelie LeVern is officially the first-ever athlete invited to represent French Guiana at ADCC, following her five-win gold medal run at the European Trials. LeVern submitted three of her five opponents, and blitzed through a who's who of rising stars, including Nora Schultz, Nadia Frankland and Peyton Letcher.


LeVern's win at Trials added to her already promising 2024. Last month, she won her first IBJJF major as a black belt, taking gold at Euros in her rookie black belt season. She's the first athlete named to the -65kg division headed into ADCC 2024.

19-year old Nia Blackman, meanwhile, was the first athlete named to the +65kg division, securing four points victories to punch her ticket to ADCC 2024. Blackman, of England, has been one of the most promising rising stars in grappling from the time she was 16. She proved herself to be among the best in the world in the semifinals, where she outwrestled ADCC silver medalist Maria Malyjasiak 2-0.


Scottland's Mark Macqueen earned his spot in the +99kg category, defeateing Frederic Vosgrone in the final via points (3-0).

Macqueen won his first three matches in overtime, two via points and one by negatives against his opponent.

Watch every Macqueen match here.

See the full list of athletes invited to the 2024 ADCC World Championships here!

2024 ADCC European Trials | Full Results


1. Gairbek Ibragimov

2. Yigit Hanay

3. Ash Williams

4. Nadav Bar-Gil


1. Tommy Langaker

2. Davis Asare

3. Oliver Taza

4. Tarik Hopstok


1. Taylor Pearman

2. Ben Bennett

3. Adam Wardzinski

4. Faris Ben-Lamkaden


1. Marcin Maciulewicz

2. Kasper Larsen

3. Daniel Ladero

4. Meraz Avdoyan

Over 99kg

1. Mark Mcqeen

2. Frederic Vosgrone

3. Jean Maltise

4. Aki Teravainen


1. Margot Ciccarelli

2. Ashley Brendle

3. Julia Mæle

4. Mia Perdomo


1. Aurelie LeVern

2. Nora Schultz

3. Gamila Kanew

4. Nadia Frankland

Over 65kg

1. Nia Blackman

2. Sala Simola

3. Maria Malyjasiak

4. Hannah Griffith

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