In less than one week, the 2013 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Wrestling World Championship will go down in Beijing, China, and it looks as though the field is finally set. The build-up to ADCC has had its up-and-down moments, as although there are many great athletes making the flight to China, unfortunately a good numbers of other top competitors had to drop out due to injury. Already, so far, notables Rodolfo Vieira, Bernardo Faria, Jeff Monson and Jeff Glover have been forced to sit out due to injury. However, the show must go on and there are sure to be many great match-ups.

Let’s take a look at each category and pick a final and its winner:

65.9 kg / 145 pounds

The category looks to belong to the reigning two-time champion, Rafael Mendes. But, as is always the case, the lightest weight category is strong once again, with a unique combination of old and new faces in the mix. Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles is back for his third attempt at his first ADCC title, while Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes is in the hunt for his first ADCC title in his second appearance. Amongst the rest of the crowd, there are Justin Rader, Joao Miyao, Darson Hemmings and Marcio Andre. All will look to spoil the fun for the potential favorites.

Finals Prediction: Rafael Mendes vs. Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles

Predicted Winner: Rafael Mendes

76.9 kg / 169.5 pounds

In one of the more intriguing categories, the noticeable absence of four-time champion Marcelo Garcia means that we will see a new champion, besides Garcia or Pablo Popovitch, for the first time since 2001. Without Garcia in the mix, the probable favorite going in is Kron Gracie, who has given Garcia two of his toughest matches in the event. The category also features a bunch of young and hungry competitors looking for their first title, such as Jonathan “JT” Torres, Garry Tonon, AJ Agazarm, Leonardo Nogueira and Otavio Sousa. Also in the mix is former two-time champion Leo Vieira, looking to leave the ADCC as he came in back in 2003, as No. 1.

Finals Prediction: Kron Gracie vs. JT Torres

Predicted Winner: JT Torres

87.9 kg /193.8 pounds

In one of the deepest categories in the entire event, it’s hard to pick favorites going in, especially with its 2011 champion no longer in the running. When you have a category with Lucas Leite, Keenan Cornelius, Claudio Calasans, Rafael Lovato Jr., Michael Langhi, Clark Gracie, David Avellan and Romulo Barral, how can you pick a favorite? With all these competitors, it is almost a guarantee that there will be some great action and intriguing match-ups. Who’s going to win their first ADCC title?

Finals Prediction: Romulo Barral vs. Claudio Calasans

Predicted Winner: Claudio Calasans

98.9 kg / 218 pounds

With Rodolfo Vieira and Alexandre Ribeiro out of the mix, this category may actually be the easiest to pick of them all. Dean Lister is coming into this ADCC as the defending champion from last time, looking to possibly close out his career with one more ADCC title, and his chances look pretty good. The leg-lock monster is a beast when he is on the mats at ADCC, and any newcomer to the event might be in for a rude awakening if they should come across this dangerous opponent.

Finals Prediction: Dean Lister vs. Leo Nogueira

Predicted Winner: Dean Lister

99 kg / over 218 pounds

Along with the -87.9 kg category, this weight class might be the most stacked category of the event. This one is another case of “old school versus new school,” as there will be Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu, Alexander Trans and Vinny Magalhaes all in the mix vying for the coveted title. Magalhaes is the defending champion, having defeated Fabricio Werdum in the final in 2011 in an electrifying bout. So, although Magalhaes comes in as the favorite, don’t be surprised to see an upset since two-time World absolute champion Buchecha is entering his first-ever ADCC event.

Finals Prediction: Vinny Magalhaes vs. Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida

Predicted Winner: Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida

So there are my picks for ADCC 2013. What do you guys think of the predictions? Who do you think will be the five athletes who take home one of the most prestigious titles in the world today? Comment below. Osss!

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About The Author

Gianni Grippo
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Contributor

Gianni Grippo is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marcelo Garcia and trains at the Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York City. Besides being a big fan of the sport, Gianni is also an avid competitor and has ranked among the best in the World from blue to brown belt winning 6 IBJJF World titles and 7 Pan Championships. Still at 21, Gianni looks to continue to compete for many years to come as his main goals are to win the World championships at black belt and win the ADCC title.

  • Scott

    JT doesnt Beat Kron, Barral doesn’t make in the finals and Buchecha would never beat Vinny in NoGi. Watch their first match, and Buchecha’s nogi match against a guy who weighed no more than 155lbs, where he got submitted. I’ve read on the UG that Vinny has never been tapped out as a black belt, and Buchecha has been tapped twice, one of them by Vinny.

  • I’m rooting for Antwain Britt in the over 99kg. Full disclosure, he’s my personal friend and owner of the gym I train at. None the less, that’s my choice!