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ADCC 2015 results recap: Yuri Simoes shocks in impressive title win

Bloody Elbow recaps the results from ADCC 2015 from last weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Here, we look at the 88KG division which saw Yuri Simoes defeating Keenan Cornelius.

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Last weekend, Yuri Simoes rebounded from a tough loss at FIVE Grappling to win the ultimate prize in submission grappling.  Coming into ADCC, Simoes wasn't seen as a frontrunner but he exceeded all expectations with some solid performances. While Yuri Simoes' performances in Sao Paulo were not the most exciting , they were incredibly effective. Simoes played it safe to take home gold.

With both Yuri Simoes and Keenan Cornelius both performing well throughout, this was a pretty solid division throughout.

Official results:

1st place: Yuri Simoes

2nd place: Keenan Cornelius

3rd place: Rustam Chiev

What was the high point of the tournament?

Yuri Simoes' performance over the weekend wasn't especially exciting. While Simoes' performances weren't particularly exciting, they were incredibly efficient. Simoes did exactly what was needed to take home gold in an exceptionally difficult division and he should be applauded for that. The tournament's high point was Simoes' cerebral performances.

Where do the finalists go from here?

Yuri Simoes is a very consistent competitor. Over the next two years expect Simoes to compete as much as possible in tournaments, including the World's and Pan American games over the next 12 months. The fact that Simoes won ADCC was quite shocking to a number of people in the sport, let's hope Simoes will earn some much deserved notoriety after taking home gold.

Keenan Cornelius has teased at a MMA crossover but I don't think that will happen any time soon. Cornelius has became one of the most marketable guys in the world of grappling in recent years, expect him to continue to compete a lot as well as continuing to put on sold-out seminars.

Watch now, later, or never?

Later. This isn't worth rushing to.