Ever since the news broke that the ADCC World Championships were being delayed until 2022 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, both fans and competitors alike have been waiting patiently for further information on the world’s premier grappling competition. Now, in a post to the official Instagram account for ADCC, the organization has revealed that the event will take place on the weekend of 17th and 18th of September at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas.
This represents a huge jump in capacity as the 2019 edition of the World Championships was the largest to date and took place in front of a sold-out crowd in a 4,000 capacity location. With the Thomas and Mack Arena having a capacity of 10,000 it looks as though the athletes will be competing in front of a crowd of at least twice the size of the previous edition, and ADCC head organizer Mo Jassim confirmed that he wants to offer tickets at a reasonable price in order to sell out this location too:
“This event will be historic, tickets go on sale hopefully in September. Ticket prices are very reasonable, I want grappling fans in attendance again like ADCC 2019. If you miss this event live, you will regret it, I’ll make sure of that.”
As we have over a year until the event takes place and none of the trials have gone ahead just yet, the lineup for ADCC 2022 is still completely unknown. It was confirmed recently however that Andre Galvao will be returning to defend his superfight title in a match that should be against Gordon Ryan, as the winner of the 2019 absolute division. Fans are eager to see the two battle it out on the world’s biggest stage as there has been no shortage of verbal and physical exchanges between the two elite grapplers during the build-up to the event. It remains to be seen whether or not Ryan will make it to the mats for his superfight however, as he has recently taken a hiatus from competitive BJJ due to his long-standing stomach issues.