Grappling Report: Ex-UFC champ has good ADCC run, New Wave replaced by rival team at Quintet

Another former UFC champ switches to BJJ competition, Quintet is finally back, and all the latest in grappling news.

By: Alex Lindsey | 2 months ago
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Quintet 4 teams confirmed, B-Team replaces New Wave

Team BJJ promotion Quintet returns on September 10th with their 4th mainline event and the promotion has now confirmed the four teams that will be competing in the tournament. Quintet founder Kazushi Sakuraba is competing with a team of top Japanese grapplers and Haisam Rida, while 10th Planet and Polaris are also returning to field teams. Team 10th Planet features both Geo and Richie Martinez alongside ADCC 2022 veterans Kyle Boehm and PJ Barch.

Team Polaris also stars several ADCC veterans, the 4th place finisher at 88kg Eoghan O’Flanagan and under 99kg challenger Owen Livesey. Although New Wave had originally put together a team for the event, Sakuraba announced that the entire team withdrew after one competitor couldn’t make it. They were replaced by B-Team shortly afterward, who are bringing all of their best BJJ competitors like Craig Jones, Nicky Rodriguez, and Nicky Ryan.

The full lineups for the original 4 teams can be found here.

BJJ stars Ruotolo and Musumeci do well, Buchecha falters

ONE Fight Night 13 featured several top BJJ black belts competing across both MMA and submission grappling. Tye Ruotolo was up first and he earned a $50,000 performance bonus for submitting MMA veteran Dagi Arslanaliev twice during their match. He secured a heelhook relatively quickly and it appeared as though Arslanaliev tapped, but the match continued for a few seconds before Ruotolo was able to lock up a rear-naked choke and finish the match for good.

Shortly after that, BJJ great Marcus ‘Buchecha’ Almeida was taking on the biggest challenge of his MMA career against Oumar ‘Reug Reug’ Kane. Buchecha couldn’t get the fight to where he wanted and ended up losing a clear-cut decision over three rounds. Finally, Mikey Musumeci put his flyweight title on the line against MMA bantamweight world champion Jarred Brooks. He was able to finish the match by submission and retained his belt once again.

Full results for the event can be found here.

UFC champ and ADCC vets compete at ADCC Arizona Open

ADCC has staged Open events at a relentless pace over the last few months and each one of them has attracted some of the top grapplers from around the local area and beyond to compete. There have been ADCC world champions and UFC world champions competing on a regular basis, and the latest ADCC Open in Arizona was no exception. Among the high level grapplers competing in each division, one particular name stood out at 83kg.

Former UFC and WEC lightweight world champion Benson Henderson was competing in the division and only narrowly missed out on a medal after going 3-1 on the day. His division was actually one of a few that ended up being won by an ADCC veteran, 10th Planet’s Andy Varela. New Wave Jiu-Jitsu had a great performance as Oliver Taza won gold at 76kg, Hannah Griffith won the women’s under 70kg division, and Dan Manasoiu won both the over 100kg weight class and the absolute division.

Full results for the event can be found here.

Dorian Olivarez becomes youngest CJJ world champion ever

The bantamweight edition of the Combat Jiu-Jitsu world championship took place on July 30th, 2023 and the youngest champion in the promotion’s history was crowned. 17 year-old blue belt Dorian Olivarez was representing B-Team Jiu-Jitsu and he put on an absolute clinic in his first two matches, submitting both of his opponents with a rear-naked choke in regulation time. He had a tough match awaiting him in the semi-final though, in the form of ADCC veteran Richard Alarcon.

He wasn’t able to find the finish in regulation time in this match, but he still showed that he was on equal footing with Alarcon and ended up winning with a rear-naked choke in EBI overtime. His final match of the night was against Zach Schneider, who had put in some great performances himself in his first three matches. Olivarez was dominant again though and he secured another rear-naked choke finish in regulation time, making history as the youngest champion ever.

Full results for the event can be found here.

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Top turtle to Crucifix, to one-handed Rear-naked Choke

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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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