This article is part of our week of ADCC 2022 coverage. To get live results, play by play, and commentary, we’ll have a live updates article running all weekend.
Max Gimenis has just stepped in to replace South American Trials winner Gutemberg Pereira at the upcoming 2022 ADCC World Championships. Pereira was positioned to be one of the dark horses to reach the podium in the over 99kg division and has already had a fantastic year so far. He started out by booking his place at ADCC 2022 in impressive fashion when he entered the second edition of the South American trials and emerged victorious in a tough division, finishing all of his opponents on the way to gold.
He hasn’t just delivered good results under ADCC rules however, as he quickly followed this up with a silver medal in the IBJJF Pan Championships after losing on points to the veteran Roberto ‘Cyborg’ Abreu. He also managed to take another silver medal at this year’s IBJJF world championships where he lost on points once again, this time to Victor Hugo in a competitive final. ADCC 2022 would’ve been a great opportunity for Pereira not only because of the prestige of the event, but also because both Hugo and Abreu will be competing in the same division and he may be able to avenge his most recent losses.
Unfortunately for the elite competitor, he has recently been ruled out of the event as a result of suffering an undisclosed injury. That’s where Max Gimenis has come in to play for ADCC 2022, as the fellow GF Team representative will be stepping in to replace him. Gimenis has been out of action so far this year, and he was last seen at the 2021 IBJJF world championships where he finished with a silver medal after coincidentally also losing to Victor Hugo. As it stands, Max Gimenis is a fantastic replacement for Pereira and he will no doubt be eager to do his teammate proud by putting on a show at ADCC 2022.
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