ADCC West Coast Trials Recap: Buchecha Reigns, Lo Remains!

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The ADCC 2017 West Coast trials turned out to be one of the biggest events of the year. In addition to it being the last chance for North American grapplers to qualify for the ADCC World Championships, four incredible super fights were added to create a truly epic event. 

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A last minute-challenger 

Perhaps the biggest story of the night: Gordon Ryan steps up at the last minute to replace an injured Braulio Estima to face Leandro Lo, who tore his hamstring backstage minutes before the match during his warm-up. This is a match that promoters could only DREAM of making, but somehow – and under short notice – ADCC pulled it off. Leandro's wrestling (of all things) was the deciding factor in a match that saw Ryan repeatedly taken down and unable to mount any submission offense. 

Watch Leandro Lo vs Gordan Ryan

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Two of the best to ever do it meet for the first time

The most decorated American jiu-jitsu competitor of all time was eager to test his mettle against who many call the G.O.A.T. -- Buchecha. The match was even for the majority of the duration: Lovato Jr.'s wresting was top notch but Buchecha's size and explosiveness gave him the edge. Buchecha stayed one step ahead the entire time to show exactly why he is considered one of the greatest -- securing multiple takedown points, and ending the match while attempting to finish a head and arm choke. An incredible performance from both athletes. 

Watch Buchecha vs Rafael Lovato Jr.

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15-year old comes close to qualifying (again)

Nicky Ryan had an absolutely standout performance. The 15-year-old Danaher prodigy racked up three submissions as he made his way to the semi-finals in the 66 kg division. His performance looked more like a seasoned veteran than a rising star. He met teammate Ethan Crelinsten (owner of the most gruesome submission we've seen to date) and lost in over-time by points narrowly missing the trip to Finland, but overall having an excellent day on the mats. 

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Two mortal enemies meet in the final 

Vagner Rocha made headlines around the world when he booted AJ Agazarm off the Fight To Win Pro Stage in Tampa last year. The video went viral and the rest was history… until today. The two made their way through the stacked 77kg division that sported over 50+ competitors to settle the score – although it's probably far from over between these two.  AJ's wrestling looked to be in top form as expected, but Vagner's kimura trap counter was simply too effective. After a number of close submission attempts Vagner went on to win by ref's decision.

Watch AJ Agazarm vs Vagner Rocha

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A Young Star is Born

Elisabeth Clay, a 16-year-old blue belt took gold in the 60 kg and under women division. She faced the extremely talented Nicole Sullivan in the final and beat Atos standout Heather Raftery on her way to gold.

Watch Elisabeth Clay vs Nicole Sullivan

Weekly Viewing Guide: 11/13-19

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From the NCAA Cross Country Championships to NCAA basketball this weekend has a live event for every die-hard sports fan. Headlining the FloSports Weekly Viewing Guide is the 2017 NCAA Division I, II and III Cross Country Championships on FloTrack. If you have Apple TV 4 or Roku, watch these live events and more from the convenience of your home. Keep scrolling to see what else is happening across the FloSports Network.

FloGrappling Weekly Roll-Up: 11/13-17

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With a highlight video from ADCC 2017, epic events in Brazil, and MMA news, this week saw its fair share of diverse jiu-jitsu content. Here's what you may have missed. 

Five Grappling Standouts You Must Watch At Fight To Win Pro 55

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By Averi Clements | Fight to Win Pro 55 brings the promotion back home to Denver on Friday, Nov. 17, for the show that features a wide variety of talented and accomplished competitors.

Official Submission Underground 6 Lineup Released

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Chael Sonnen is bringing some serious heat to the table with the sixth edition of Submission Underground on Dec. 3 in Portland, OR!

Rematches & Opportunities For Revenge At NY BJJ Pro

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By Michael Sears | The IBJJF New York BJJ Pro on Saturday, Nov. 18, is the last BJJ Pro event of 2017 and also the final opportunity this year to earn cash prizes and double ranking points at an international open.

New York BJJ Pro: Purple / Brown Belts You Must Follow

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By Michael Sears | While the $4,000 cash prize for black belt divisions at the New York BJJ Pro is set to bring out some of the top names in the sport on Saturday, the lower belts also have a chance to win some money too. 

DJ Jackson: The Grappling Standout Gunning For UFC And MMA Glory

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DJ Jackson is one of the best-known middleweight grapplers in the game. The rock-solid Team Lloyd Irvin black belt is notorious for his his relentless style and near-unsweepable base.

Para Jiu-Jitsu Is Flourishing Under UAEJJF's Watch

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The stands were packed, team chants reigned down, and the screams of fans and coaches alike filled the Carioca 1 Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Had the black belt finals gotten underway at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam on Sunday?

Mackenzie Dern's Next MMA Challenge Is...

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Mackenzie Dern is headed to UFC...

Watch The Best Of: Vagner Rocha

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Vagner Rocha is one of the most feared grapplers on the circuit. Known for his aggressive and borderline mean style of grappling, the Fight Sports black belt always puts on a show for the fans!