ADCC World Championships - The Numbers
Last weekend the most anticipated event in jiu-jitsu history took place: the ADCC World Championships.
A sold-out crowd in Las Vegas watched 97 of the world's top athletes take to the mats, where they battled it out in outrageously stacked divisions, for a chance to add that single-most prestigious title to their grappling resume. Spectators were not disappointed. The work of Mo Jassim, Seth Daniels, and Shawn Fowler and their teams, with their professional level production and entertainment, raised the bar for jiu-jitsu events, worldwide, to a whole new level. Even the folks at home watching on FloGrappling could not have imagined a better way to spend their weekend.
More than any prior ADCC, this year saw more countries represented - 20 in all, based on country of birth - and had the widest age spread, from Cole Abate at 17 years of age to Cyborg Abreu at 42. The number of debut competitors to veterans was also notable, with 54 athletes stepping onto the ADCC World Championships stage for the very first time, compared to 43 ADCC veterans.
To illustrate this, I did a bit of digging and crunched the numbers... bringing you these sweet infographics to give some insight into the athletes that made up this year's ADCC World Championship cohort.
Huge thank you to BJJ Heroes for keeping such a deep database of jiu-jitsu athletes and their accomplishments.
ADCC World Championships - Veteran Status
ADCC World Championships - Age Breakdown
ADCC World Championships - Country Breakdown