ADCC has just announced that their upcoming schedule of USA Opens will include absolute divisions available for both male and female competitors. This will fall in line with the ADCC Open that took place shortly before ADCC 2022, a tournament that attracted a ton of fantastic competitors and saw plenty of exciting moments in every division. It’s great to see that not only is ADCC expanding it’s range and producing high-quality tournaments where recreational competitors or younger athletes can experience the ruleset, but they’re also looking to attract high-level grapplers to these events as well.
The good news isn’t just available for American athletes either, as the very first ADCC Canada Open will take place in 2023 too. The registration for this tournament has already begun and it’s possible to register for both the male and female absolute divisions there as well. The first event of the schedule isn’t actually in America or Canada however, as Mexico will host an ADCC Open on March 18th, 2023. It doesn’t appear to be possible to sign up for an absolute division at this tournament however, although it’s entirely possible that the ability is there on the day of the event.
The first in the schedule of ADCC USA Opens will be the Orange County Open, which is set to take place on April 29th, 2023 and the location will no doubt attract plenty of top talent to both the regular weightclasses and absolute divisions. After that there will be several more scheduled throughout the year, right up until the qualification cycle for ADCC 2024 starts with the next round of ADCC Trials events. Thanks to a recent multi-year deal with UFC Fight Pass, footage from both the ADCC Opens and Trials will also be streamed live and available to watch for anyone with a subscription.
ADCC announced the news that their upcoming USA Opens would include both men’s and women’s absolute divisions in a recent story posted to the promotion’s official Instagram account: