Ryan Hall was one of the most popular names due to compete in the 66kg division of the 2022 ADCC world championships but the UFC veteran has now had to withdraw from the event after suffering a complete tear to his ACL. Hall was due to compete in a division that was stacked with elite talent like Polaris triple champion Ashley Williams and B-Team co-founder Ethan Crelinsten, but that will now have to go ahead without him. What will come as some comfort to fans is the knowledge that Hall’s absence from ADCC 2022 won’t put much of a dent in the quality of the event, as it will still feature the best grapplers on the planet battling it out over one weekend.
This was always a possibility too, as Hall has been pretty injury-prone throughout his combat sports career. Several of his UFC fights have been scuppered due to injuries suffered in training, but none quite as serious as a complete tear of the ACL. For many fighters, an injury this severe would prompt them to reconsider their career entirely but Hall has been vocal about his intention to continue fighting at the highest levels of MMA well into his 40s. While that’s certainly still a possibility, Hall has said that he will have to sit on the sidelines for at least the rest of 2022 while he undergoes surgery for his torn ACL and subsequently recovers from it.
This is what will put Ryan Hall out of ADCC 2022, the actual recovery from the surgery necessary to deal with a complete ACL tear. With him hoping to compete for several more years to come and the ADCC world championships coming around every two years, it’s entirely possible that we still haven’t seen the last of Hall at the world’s most prestigious no gi grappling tournament and he could end up making his return in 2024 instead.
Ryan Hall announced the news that he had suffered a complete tear of his ACL and that he would not be competing at the 2022 ADCC world championships in a recent post to his official Instagram account: