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.
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.