2024 ADCC World Championships

All-Time Winners At -88KG At ADCC World Championship

All-Time Winners At -88KG At ADCC World Championship

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 list of past winners at -88kg.

May 23, 2024 by Matt Cannizzaro

Dozens of the best grapplers in the world, some proven stars and some up-and-coming challengers, will be converging on Las Vegas for the 2024 edition of the ADCC World Championship, which will take place at T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 17-18. 

The 2022 event was held at the Thomas & Mack Center, also in Las Vegas, 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 -88kg (-193.7 lbs):

All-Time ADCC World Championship Winners – Men’s -88KG


-88kg (-193.7lbs)


Giancarlo Bodoni


Matheus Diniz


Gordon Ryan


Yuri Simoes


Romulo Barral


Andre Galvao


Braulio Estima


Demian Maia


Ronaldo Jacare


Saulo Ribeiro


Kikuta Sanae


Saulo Ribeiro


Kareem Barkalaev


Rodrigo Gracie

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 -87.9KG Weight Class?

Giancarlo Bodoni of the United States had an unforgettable debut at the ADCC Worlds in 2022, winning the 88kg weight class by downing Lucas Barbosa. Barbosa is known as “Hulk,” which clearly didn’t intimidate the rookie, who finished the victory with a rear naked choke.

So far, neither Bodoni, nor Barbosa, has been confirmed for the 2024 event, though there still are five spots that need to be filled.

See who’s already scheduled to compete in 2024:

  • Santeri Lilius (first European Trials winner) | Finland
  • Jacob Couch (East Coast Trials winner) | United States
  • Izaak Michell (first Asia & Oceania Trials winner) | Australia
  • Taylor Pearman (second European Trials winner) | England
  • Charles Negromonte (first South American Trials winner) | Brazil
  • Pedro Marinho (second South American Trials winner) | Brazil
  • Tye Ruotolo (invited) | United States
  • William Tackett (West Coast Trials winner) | United States
  • Jay Rodriguez (invited) | United States
  • Gabriel Almeida (invited) | Brazil
  • Luke Kanard (second Asia & Oceania Trials winner) | Australia

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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