2005 ADCC World Championships
-99 KG and Absolute Brackets
Long Beach, California
Roger Gracie vs The Field
Winning a weight and absolute category in a major championship tournament is an accomplishment that a select few have attained in the history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling competitions.
To reach this feat, in most cases, a competitor must defeat a minimum of 8 opponents, typically over a 2 day period. Most match times are 10 minutes. The exception is ADCC where the finals are 20 minutes long (with overtime potential). That is a lot of time to prepare for.
In the history of the ADCC World Championships, only 6 men have attained gold in their weight and the absolute category. But only one man has been perfect by submitting all 8 opponents. Roger Gracie did just that in the 2005 ADCC World Submission Championships.
In the -98KG category, Roger ran through his bracket in the following order (links to the videos, when available, are provided):
Round 1: Submits Justin Garcia by Rear Naked Choke
Round 2: Submits Eduardo Telles by Arm Bar
Round 3: Submits Xande Ribeiro by Rear Naked Choke
Round 4: Submits Alexandre Ferreira by Verbal Submission to win the category.
In the Absolute category, Roger finished his bracket in the following order:
Round 1: Submits Shinya Aoki by Ankle Lock
Round 2: Submits Fabricio Werdum by Rear Naked Choke
Round 3: Submits Xande Ribeiro by Rear Naked Choke (this is the better match of the event between the two where Xande had him triangled before Roger defended and came back to win. Unfortunately the full video can’t be found)
Round 4: Submits Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza by Rear Naked Choke (below) to win the absolute category.
Enjoy Roger vs The Field