Dillon Danis, Jake Shields Invited To ADCC, Plus Return Of A Legend

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The full line-up of athletes for the ADCC 2017 World Championships is taking shape, with five more big names confirmed for the no-gi tournament. 

Leo Vieira, -66kg
DJ Jackson, -77kg
Dillon Danis, -88kg
Rustam Chsiev, -88kg
Jake Shields, -99kg

As we reported on Aug 3, Rodolfo Vieira (ADCC 2015 -99kg champion) is out due to MMA commitments. 

Danis enters the same divisions as Gordon Ryan, Leandro Lo, Keenan Cornelius, Romulo Barral, Pablo Popovich, Xande Ribeiro and -- interestingly -- Murilo Santana, head coach and founder of Unity Jiu-Jitsu in New York, where Dillon is training since leaving Marcelo Garcia's. 

MMA fighter and jiu-jitsu black belt Jake Shields is also in and will compete in the -99kg division. Shields and Danis have a fractious history as members of the opposing teams of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. They faced off in May of this year in the main event of SUG, with Shields winning via fastest escape time in OT. Shields has moved up to 99kg because he oftens trains with Renzo Gracie / Danaher Death Squad member Gordon Ryan, who is in at 88kg. 

'Leozinho' returns

Checkmat co-founder Leo Vieira made his ADCC debut in 2000, and put on one of the most memorable matches in ADCC history when he fearlessly went up against the gigantic wrestler Mark Kerr. 

​Click here for a full list of names confirmed for ADCC 2017 World Championships

Amanda Monteiro Looks Set To Be GF Team's Next Black Belt Champion

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The Grappling Fight Team (GFT) headquarters in Rio de Janeiro has consistently produced some of the top talent in the jiu-jitsu world, and now GFT founder Julio Cesar is ready to unleash his newest weapon on the jiu-jitsu world, featherweight Amanda Monteiro.

2018 IBJJF European Championships: Purple Belt Viewing Guide

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Wednesday marks the beginning of competition in the men’s adult purple belt divisions at the 2018 IBJJF European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal. 

IBJJF 2018 Euros Stats Show International Spread Of Jiu-Jitsu

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The numbers tell a very interesting story when it comes to the international spread of jiu-jitsu, as we highlight which countries are sending the most competitors to the 2018 IBJJF European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, this week. 

7 Explosive First-Round Matches At 2018 IBJJF Europeans!

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The brackets for the black belt divisions at the 2018 IBJJF European Championship are out and they are explosive! Here is a quick rundown of seven of the most intriguing matches we can expect to see go down in Lisbon, Portugal, this weekend. 

Kyra Gracie Announces Women-Only Jiu-Jitsu Tournament


Female jiu-jitsu icon Kyra Gracie has broken new ground for women everywhere by announcing a female-only tournament. 

2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam: Black Belt Results

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The second day of competition at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam on Saturday saw the conclusion of the black belt finals. There were upsets, submissions, and more than one referee's decision. Here’s how it all played out.

Rocha Bests Akbari In Sacramento At F2W Pro 58

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The Fight To Win 2018 season kicked off in Sacramento, CA, with Vagner Rocha beating Dustin Akbari by ref's decision in the main event of the evening.

Overview: Day One Of The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam

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A thrilling first day of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam wrapped up Friday with many of the organization's top-ranked competitors taking to the mats at the Mubadala Arena.

Who Are The Top 15 Biggest Teams at 2018 IBJJF European Championship?

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We pulled the data for the upcoming IBJJF European Championships to find out who’s bringing the biggest team to Lisbon, Portugal, next week.

Analyzing The New Wave Of Women’s Black Belts At 2018 Euros

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There are a huge number of new black belts competing at the 2018 IBJJF European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal, next week, and a big shot of fresh blood to the black belt ranks has made up for the absence of some of the better-known names we saw last year.