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2013 ADCC preview - -77kg

-77kg

Kron Gracie (1st Quarter)
1X European Champion in 2009
2X World Champion (Purple-Brown) in 2006 & 2007
4X Pan American Champion (Purple-Brown) in 2005-2008

Garry Tonon (1st Quarter)
2X World No Gi Champion (brown belt)
2X No Gi Pan Am Champion (brown belt)

Lucas Lepri (2nd Quarter)
1X World Champion in 2007
3X World No Gi Champion in 2009, 2010 & 2011
2X Pan Am Champion in 2007 & 2009
4X Pan Am No Gi Champion from 2009-2012

JT Torres (2nd Quarter)
1X World No Gi Champion in 2008
1X Pan Am No Gi Champion from 2010

Leo Vieira (3rd Quarter)
2X ADCC Champion in 2003 & 2005
1X World Champion in 2008
2X Pan Am Champion in 2004 & 2006

AJ Agazarm (3rd Quarter)
1X Pan Am Champion (brown belt) in 2012

DJ Jackson (3rd Quarter)
1X World No Gi Champion in 2012
3X World Champion (blue – brown) in 2010, 2011 & 2012
3X World No Gi Champion (blue – brown) in 2009, 2010 & 2011

Otavio Sousa (4th Quarter)
2X World Champion in 2012 & 2013
1X Pan Am Champion in 2010


In this very open 77kg category, the main contenders include Leo Vieira, Kron Gracie, Leonardo Nogueira and Otavio Sousa. Kron Gracie doesn’t have many titles to his name, especially at black belt, but he is a phenom and arguably the favourite here. Lucas Lepri is a no gi specialist and has the most no gi titles to his name out of anyone. Long time veteran Leo Vieira leads the way in the bottom half – he is a 2X ADCC champion and 2X ADCC runner up. His main rival in the bottom half is the World Champion of the last 2 years Otavio Sousa. The dark horse of the competition will be AJ Agazarm, a high level wrestler and the 2012 Pan Am Champion at brown belt. Former UFC Champion Benson Henderson competes, but shouldn’t cause much problems.

Prediction: Kron Gracie beats Leo Vieira
Dark Horse: AJ Agazarm

MMA Fighters: Benson Henderson (19-3), Sitoru Kitaoka (32-12), Andy Wang (7-8)
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