2024 ADCC World Championships

All-Time Winners At -99KG At ADCC World Championships

All-Time Winners At -99KG At ADCC World Championships

The 2024 ADCC Worlds is taking place in Las Vegas on Aug. 17-18. Before we see who takes the titles this year, see the past winners at -99kg.

May 22, 2024 by Matt Cannizzaro

Las Vegas has become a familiar destination for many of the world’s biggest sporting events, and that will be true again Aug. 17-18, when the 2024 edition of the ADCC World Championship visits T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip.

The 2022 event was held at the nearby Thomas & Mack Center and attracted more than 10,000 spectators.

The 2024 ADCC World Championship will include five men’s weight classes (-65.9kg, -76.9kg, -87.9kg, -98.9kg, +99kg) and three for the women (-55kg -65kg +65kg). It’s the first time since 2007 the women’s division will have more than two weight classes. 

The competition first was held in 1998 and then every other year, starting in 2001, though the 2021 event was delayed a year by COVID-19. This year’s ADCC World Championship is the 15th edition.

Before the action gets underway in Las Vegas, FloGrappling will be reviewing all of the winners in each weight class over the years. Next up, the men’s -99kg (-218 lbs):

All-Time ADCC World Championship Winners – Men’s -99KG


-99kg (-218lbs)


Kaynan Duarte


Gordon Ryan


Yuri Simoes


Rodolfo Vieira


Joao Assis


Dean Lister


Xande Ribeiro


Xande Ribeiro


Roger Gracie


John Olav


Ricardo Arona


Ricardo Arona


Jeff Monson


Mario Sperry

How To Watch The 2024 ADCC World Championship

The 2024 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship will be streaming live in the United States on FloGrappling and the FloSports app. 

Replays, highlights and news also will be available on both platforms.

See who is scheduled to compete in Las Vegas in 2024.

Who Is Scheduled To Compete This Year In The Men’s -99KG Weight Class?

Brazil’s Kaynan Duarte turned in a well-rounded performance, despite seven penalty points, in defeating Craig Jones of Australia for the -99kg title in 2022, and Duarte will be back in Las Vegas to defend his title in 2024.

Jones is not scheduled to be back, but 2022 semifinalist Rafael Lovato Jr. of the United States will be there, along with fellow semifinalist Nicholas Meregali. Lovato lost to Duarte, while Meregali was defeated by Jones. 

See who’s competing in 2024. One spot has yet to be determined:

  • Kaynan Duarte (defending champion, invited) | Brazil
  • Luke Griffith (first European Trials winner) | South Africa
  • Paul Ardila (East Coast Trials winner) | United States
  • Declan Moody (first Asia & Oceania Trials winner) | Australia
  • Marcin Maciulewicz (second European Trials winner) | Poland
  • Cassio Felipe Costa (first South American Trials winner) | Brazil
  • Henrique Ceconi (second South American Trials winner) | Brazil
  • Mason Fowler (invited) | United States
  • Michael Pixley (West Coast Trials winner) | United States
  • Cyborg Abreu (invited) | Brazil
  • Roberto Jimenez (invited) | Ecuador
  • Rafael Lovato Jr. (invited) | United States
  • Daniel Schuardt (second Asia & Oceania Trials winner) | Australia
  • Eli Braz (invited) | Brazil
  • Nicholas Meregali (returning medalist, invited) | Brazil

What Is Abu Dhabi Combat Club?

Abu Dhabi Combat Club was created out of a passion for martial arts and the desire to grow the reach of martial arts in the United Arab Emirates. It all was put into motion by Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, whose father Sheik Zayed is a former leader of the UAE.

With the help of world-class instructors from a variety of disciplines, ADCC took shape, initially giving the people of Abu Dhabi another option for a healthy lifestyle and direction in nutrition and learning about self-defense.

Click HERE to learn more about ADCC.

What Is The ADCC World Championship?

The second part of the vision was the creation of the ADCC World Submission Fighting Championship, and the event debut in Abu Dhabi in 1998 with 16 elite competitors. It now is held every other year and is described as the most prestigious event of its kind in the world.

The ADCC World Championship is open to fighters of all grappling styles, though Brazilian jiu-jitsu continues to be the dominant style.

From the beginning, the event featured six weight classes – 66kg, 77kg, 88kg, 99kg, +99kg and Absolute.

Women’s categories were added to the mix in 2005 (60kg, +60kg, Absolute), and that was expanded briefly to five classifications in 2007 (-55kg, -60kg, -67kg, +67kg, Absolute).

From 2009-2022 (the 2021 event was pushed back due to COVID-19), the women’s division featured just two weight classes (-60kg, +60kg), but that will be expanded again in 2024 (-55kg, -65kg, +65kg).

In 2024, the men’s divisions will feature 16 competitors – eight qualifiers, seven invitees and the defending champion. The women’s categories will have eight fighters – four qualifiers, three invitees and the defending champion.

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