Looking Back At ADCC 2017: Where Are They Now?

It's our final installment of our series looking back at the historic ADCC 2017 World Championships. We've covered our favorite matches and submissions, upsets, and biggest stories, but now it's time to bring everyone up to speed in the present – what's been going on with the biggest names in the 365-or so days since the event has ended?

Andre Galvao – ADCC 2017 Absolute Superfight Winner

Perhaps the biggest news on the list is that 5x ADCC Champion (including weight, absolute and superfights), 5x IBJJF World Champion, 9x Pan Champion, and 3x World Pro Champion (among many other achievements),  Andre Galvao retired from competition after the 2018 UAEJJF King Of Mats tournament. 

Andre is still set to defend his ADCC absolute superfight title against Felipe Pena at ADCC 2019 going down next September and has turned his focus towards growing his powerhouse team, Atos.  

Be sure to watch our powerful documentary following Andre through the King of Mats. 

WATCH Part 1 – King of Mats: Andre Galvao

KING OF THE MATS: Andre Galvao Ep1

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Felipe Pena – ADCC 2017 Absolute Division Champion

Felipe Pena wasn’t the most active athelte following ADCC, but he did capture the other holy grail of jiu-jitsu, an IBJJF World title, after defeating Patrick Gaudio in the heavyweight division.  The Gracie Barra athelte also won the Marianas open for the third time in a row after a powerful display against Checkmat's Jackson Sousa in the final. 

Felipe Pena vs Patrick Gaudio – 2018 World Championships

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Marcus 'Buchecha' Almeida – +99kg Champion 

Buchecha is an athelte who picks and chooses when to compete on his own schedule (and with 11 world titles, he’s allowed this benefit); the +99kg ADCC gold medalist went on to win select super fights in 2018 and captured yet another ultra-heavyweight IBJJF World Championship gold medal.  

In one of the most riveting moments of the event, Buchecha gave Leandro Lo his absolute gold medal instead of claiming it for himself, cementing his legacy as one of the most incredible athletes jiu-jitsu has ever seen.


Gordon Ryan – 88kg ADCC Gold Medalist

Gordon Ryan had a relatively quiet year until he took double gold at No-Gi Pans earlier in September.  The Danaher Death Squad leader has certainly made things interesting in the twilight weeks of 2018 though, reigniting call-outs with Felipe Pena and Erberth Santos as well as the promise of a gi competition debut. 

It was just announced earlier this week that Gordon Ryan is set to face Matheus Diniz in a super Fight at KASAI Pro 4 going down Nov. 10 in New York City, and the young star has teased an appearance at No-Gi Worlds as well.  We're looking forward to a flurry of activity from grappling's most wanted.  


Other Major Changes

Two Of Grappling's Biggest Stars leave jiu-jitsu for MMA

Though they probably begrudge getting stacked side-by-side, Garry Tonon and Dillon Danis have both made the jump from full-time grapplers to MMA athletes.  Each man as secured one win in their respective organizations (Bellator For Danis, OneFC for Tonon).   Currently, Danis is supporting Conor McGregor ahead of his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov At UFC 229 and Tonon has announced that he should be fighting against for ONE very soon. 


Nicky Ryan Lives Up The Hype

Nicky Ryan lept onto everyone's radar in late 2016 when he took third place at the 2016 ADCC East Coast trials as a 15-year blue belt.  He then went on to place second at the 2017 ADCC West Coast Trials a few months later, displaying an advanced guard and a well-developed system of attacks.  His run at the 2017 ADCC world Championships was cut short by AJ Agazarm, but Nicky regrouped and went on the attack in 2018, an excellent year so far highlighted by a HUGE win over 10th Planet's Geo Martinez at KASAI Pro 2.  

Nicky Ryan vs Geo Martinez – KASAI Pro 2

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No-Gi Worlds Absolute Brackets Dropped, Who Are The Contenders?

The black belt absolute division brackets are out now. Check out the first round matches and see who are the contenders for gold. 

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Road To Gold: Cisneros Bests 6 On His Way To Featherweight Gold

Joshua Cisneros has quietly been building his resume as one of the hottest colored belt prospects around.  

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8 Athletes With A Solid Shot To Win The Black Belt Absolute

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Jon Jones's Jiu-Jitsu Coach Responds To Criticism

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No-Gi Worlds Draws MMA Fighters Past And Present

Jiu-jitsu competition is often a training ground for aspiring MMA fighters. But more and more, it’s also becoming an outlet for retired fighters, and a suitable out-of-competition challenge for current fighters. 

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IBJJF World No-Gi Championship Brackets

The last big tournament of the year goes down on December 12 -15; here are the brackets.

No-Gi Worlds: Must-See First Round Matches

The IBJJF World No-Gi Brackets are out, and they are available here. The black belt adult divisions will be competing on Saturday and Sunday. Of course, there are some crazy first-round matches.

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FloGrappling Official No-Gi Worlds Purple Belt Preview

On December 12th through 15th the IBJJF will be hosting their 12th edition of the World Jiu-Jitsu Nogi Championship at the Anaheim Convention Center. The purple belt divisions are filled with talent, some of the sport's best prospects have registered, and it should be an exciting weekend in Anaheim.

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ON THE RISE: Kyle Boehm

With only five years of jiu-jitsu training, Kyle Boehm is rapidly becoming one of the deadliest threats in no-gi jiu-jitsu. Although Kyle has only recently stepped into the spotlight, could he potentially be the man who dethrones 24-year-old superstar Gordon Ryan?

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