The AIGA Champions League semi-final and final will take place on December 13th and 14th, 2023 and the full lineup for Team Modolfo has just been confirmed. The team of elite grapplers has been put together by ADCC head organizer Mo Jassim and although the other teams will bring plenty of talent, they’re coming into the event as the clear favorites. That doesn’t guarantee success though of course and they were the heavy favorites to dominate their quarter-final group, but they actually dropped a few matches and ended up going 2-1 over that weekend.
Team Modolfo still qualified for the semi-final of the tournament regardless though, going top of their group despite losing the final team grappling match. There have been some changes made to the original lineup for Team Modolfo though and these adjustments look like they might have a huge impact on their chances of success in the AIGA Champions League Semi-Final and Final. Only a few of their competitors actually lost a match in the quarter-final, and three of them have now been replaced. Fabricio Andrey, Bruno Peterson, and Zach Kaina won’t be returning for this round and their replacements should make a big impact.
Mica Galvao, Kaua Gabriel, and Felipe Machado are joining Team Modolfo to replace them and massively boost their chances of winning the tournament. Although most of the changes have happened in the lighter weight classes, John Hansen has also been removed from the lineup and Dan Manasoiu will be taking his place instead. It’s a surprise that Hansen has been swapped out given that he won his only match in the quarter-final, but Manasoiu is still a fantastic addition. Team Modolfo will face Battle Force in the semi-final and should they win, they’ll be in the final opposite either Acai Republic or the team that beat them in the quarter-final; Universal Fighters.
AIGA Champions League Semi-Final & Final Team Modolfo Lineup
ADCC announced the full lineup for Team Modolfo in the AIGA Champions League semi-final and final in a recent post to their official Instagram account: