Ex-UFC champ makes podium at ADCC Denver – Grappling Report

Check out the lineup for Fury Pro Grappling's latest BJJ event, set for May 27th, as well as results from the ADCC Denver Open.

By: Alex Lindsey | 2 weeks ago
Ex-UFC champ makes podium at ADCC Denver – Grappling Report

Fury Pro Grappling announces lineup for 7th event

Fury Pro Grappling 7 was announced for May 27th, 2023 and the promotion has quickly started revealing the full card for the event. As always, they’ve manage to book a healthy mix of professional MMA fighters and top grapplers to compete against and alongside one another. The first two matches they announced featured reigning CFFC champions Charles Radtke and Jose Perez, who are up against current UFC middleweight Joe Pyfer and veteran grappler Andrew Kochel respectively.

That isn’t all either, as UFC middleweight Andre Petroski will also be competing in a tough matchup against an exciting 10th Planet black belt, Rene Sousa. Bellator and Invicta FC title-contender DeAnna Bennett also has a difficult challenge ahead of her, as she’ll be facing up-and-coming grappler Marissa Pacelli. There’s plenty of other matches throughout the card and this will no doubt be a great night of high-level grappling from start to finish.

Mackenzie Dern puts strawweight division on notice

Mackenzie Dern was headlining UFC Vegas 73 against Angela Hill, coming off a loss in her last fight and a 1-2 run in her last three fights. Seeing as Hill is a veteran fighter riding a two-fight winning streak, it looked like it should have been a tough fight on paper. Dern was promising during the build-up to the fight that she had changed her grappling style, but she looked like a completely different fighter when the cage door closed.

It was without a doubt one of the best performances she’s delivered, and in the future it’s possible that fans look back on this as a defining moment in her MMA career. Dern was already firmly inside the top 10 of the UFC strawweight division and this win could put her right on the edge of the top 5. She called out Rose Namajunas in her post-fight interview and considering the two-time champion is ranked second, a win there could earn Dern a shot at the champion.

Full results for the event can be found here.

Ex-UFC champ reaches ADCC Denver Open podium

The latest ADCC Open took place in Denver, Colorado and it continued the streak of attracting elite athletes to compete. A few veterans of the ADCC world championships showed how vital knowledge and experience under the ruleset actually is, by reaching the top of the podium in their respective divisions. Namely Oliver Taza, who won gold in the 83kg division, and John Hansen, who won the over 100kg division. Other well-known winners included Deandre Corbe, Breylor Grout, Matheus Lutes.

Undoubtedly the most impressive streak of results at the ADCC Denver Open came from Helena Crevar, the young 16 year-old blue belt who has looked unstoppable even against adults. Not only did she win the appropriate juvenile division, but she also stepped up to the corresponding adult division and won gold there too. She also competed in the adult absolute division and won that by beating Jasmine Rocha in the final and seeing surprise competitor UFC veteran Rose Namajunas take bronze.

Full results for the event can be found here.

Nicholas Meregali dominant at Who’s Number One

Nicholas Meregali and Pedro Marinho met in what might turn out to be a landmark match for Who’s Number One, as it was the first gi match that the promotion had staged. There was plenty of action before that as well though, with Dante Leon scoring a beautiful rear-naked choke win over Ruan Alvarenga early in the card. Francisco Lo announced his arrival to the highest level by beating William Tackett, and Rafael Lovato Jr turned back the clock by submitting Elder Cruz with a rear-naked choke.

When it came time for the main event, Meregali put on a very impressive display of technical prowess and got the submission win by mounted triangle choke. Not only did he put a triangle on the back of his gi as a prediction before the match, but he also used his post-fight interview to make a pretty big statement. Meregali challenged the winner of the absolute division in the upcoming IBJJF World Championship to a match at the next WNO event ,and even bet $20,000 on himself.

Full results for the event can be found here.

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Alex Lindsey
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Alex has been involved in BJJ and MMA since 2008 and has been writing about both sports since 2019.

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