ADCC: Biggest Upsets From The First Day Of Competition

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The brackets at ADCC feature 16 (or eight, in the women's division) of the very best grapplers walking the earth today, and hough many top-seed made their way successfully through the bracket, there were pivotal upsets that shook up the divisions.  

Read on to see the wildest upsets from the first round competition at ADCC.

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Dante Leon Takes Lepris Back!

The only match from the second round of competition featured on this list, Dante Leon shocked the world when he took the back of 77kg FAvorite Lucas Lepri to take the win 3-0.


Nicky Rod Out-Wrestles Mahamed Aly 

The TLI competitor and gi world champion showed that he had put the work in and displayed solid wrestling defense throughout most of the bout. 

The match was essentially even until the final exchange where Nicky attempted a slick fireman's carry takedown; though he was unable to finish the throw for points, the attempt seemed to be instrumental to earning the judges decision.

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Tim Spriggs Hits Savage Gullotine On Felippe Andrew

Perhaps a more evenly matched bout than 'upset' would imply, we included on the list this given the fact that Spriggs finished Andrew in stunning fashion –  a result we absolutely didn't see coming. 

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Jon Blank Submits The Russian Bear Rustam

Submitting a bear is no easy task, but 10th planet monster Jon Blank got the job done with a vicious heel hook.

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Adam Wardzinski Goes The Distance Mike Perez

Adam Wardzinski isn't known for his no-gi competition accolades, but the polish darkhorse competitor took out Mike Perez – one of the favorites in the 88kg – by earning the judges decision.

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Richard Alarcon Bests Gianni Grippo in Overtime

2019 has been a breakout year Ricard Alarcon. Coming off a strong showing at KASAI Pro 6, Alarcon managed to pull off the 4-2 overtime victory against 66kg favorite Gianni Grippo in the first-round.


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Carina Santi Takes Nathiely's Back

Nathiely de Jesus is the 2018 No-Gi world champion with a recent submission-only decision win over Gabi Garcia at F2w back in August of this yea; t she has painted a potential favorite in the division, but Carina Santi had different plans. 

The Brazilian trial winner managed to take De Jesus' back to win the match 3-0. She will face Tayane Porfirio in the semi-final on Sunday. 

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