2022 ADCC World Championships

ADCC 2022: 3 Bronze-Medal Matches with Gold-Medal Action

ADCC 2022: 3 Bronze-Medal Matches with Gold-Medal Action

Get the scoop on three third-place matches that are worth the re-watch from the ADCC 2022 World Championships.

Sep 18, 2022 by Erica Zendell
ADCC 2022: 3 Bronze-Medal Matches with Gold-Medal Action

Get the scoop on three third-place matches that are worth the re-watch from the ADCC 2022 World Championships.

Vagner Rocha vs Eoghan O’Flanagan (-88kg)

If there is one thing that Vagner Rocha has proven at ADCC 2022, it’s that he, at the age of 40, is as scrappy and hungry as most ADCC contenders half his age or less. 

After pressuring O’Flanagan’s guard, in the last two minutes of regular time, Rocha successfully toeholds O’Flanagan at the willing expense of his own leg. Rocha hobbles off the mat from O’Flanagan’s damage, but leaves with a hard-earned bronze medal to show for his tenacious performance in his fourth and final match of ADCC. 

Dante Leon vs PJ Barch (-77kg)

After falling in a breathless, contentious match to Mica Galvao (0-2, points), Leon gets his vengeance by chasing a show-stopping armbar on PJ Barch in the final two minutes of regular time. 


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Beatriz Mesquita vs Bianca Basilio (-60kg)

The “Lady GOAT” did not go gently into her consolation bracket, trading standup blows with Basilio and landing a trip just over the one-minute mark that turns the match in the direction of Mesquita’s offense. 

Mesquita chases the scrambling Basilio, getting to the body lock at the ninety-second mark and landing a massive mat return that allows her to find the beginnings of back control. 

Basilio, back taken, attempts to foot lock Mesquita’s crossed feet as Mesquita fights the hands and attempts to dig the choke. 

Sprawling her hips into a belly-down Basilio, Mesquita finds the RNC finish and finds her way back on the podium for ADCC for the first time since her gold-medal run in 2017.