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ADCC is defined by two characteristics: sheer brutality, and the unparalleled skill of the competitors in play. When combined, the subs are guaranteed to come in HOT, and day one of ADCC certainly delivered.
We saw no less than 10 submissions that deserved to be on the list of submissions of the day.
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Yuri Simoes Takes Out Eliot Marshall
This match was one-way traffic: returning 88kg champion Yuri Simoes made the jump to +99 and seemed to have no issue moving up in weight. He took down and dominated last-minute Eliot Marshall before earning the submission win.
Kaynan Duarte Submits Yakuza
Kaynan Duarte's pulse looked like it barely topped 50 bpm in this match. He was on the European trials winner back immediately and finished with a nasty RNC over the chin to advance to the second round.
Tim Spriggs Guliotines Fellipe Andrew
Tim Spriggs might have been considered the underdog in this match, but his performance certainly wouldn't have confirmed that suspicion. The TLI athlete finished footlock machine Fellipe Andre with a guillotine.
Gordon Ryan Opens Strong With 2 Subs on the day
King Gordon had some people worried when he missed the weigh-in ceremony Friday night, but all seemed to be well when he took to the mats Saturday morning and enacted the patented system of attacks. He went on to provide a double feature when he submitted Tim Spriggs in his Second Match of the day.
Cheetah Print is Back - Craig Jones Dominants First two Rounds
Craig Jones has a foot fetish.
It's undeniable, as he was all over Ben Dyson from the jump attack with heel hooks and straight kneebar attacks for a majority of the round. Jone's also showed comfort wrestling up from guard and flexed his top game a few times throughout the match.
He went on to finish his second match of the day against Mason Follower via guillotine on the edge of the mats.
Jon Blank Submits The Russian Bear Rustam
Rustam Chisieven is not an easy man to submit, but 10th Planet Submission hunter Jon Blank's relentless submission hunter.
Josh Hinger Doubles up With Two Submission Wins
Josh Hinger's Long-awaited ADCC debut couldn't have gone better.
His patented headlock and guillotine system was on full display, but it was ultimately a back take and brutal RNC that got the job done in his first match against Gabriel Almedia.
Hinger went on to finish Adam Wardzinski with an arm in Guillotine, effectively securing his place in the semi-finals.
Lepri Dismantles Giles
#2 Seed Lucas Lperi showed why he is one of the most dominant jiu-jitsu athletes of all time by tactically disarming the fearsome Lachlin Giles with relative ease. He finished the match with a smooth armbar finish.
Vagner Submits Tulio In Overtime
One of the scrapest matches of the day saw veteran grappler Vagner Rocha seal the deal in overtime against Brazilian trials winner Servio Tulio with a brutal armbar attack.