3 min read
Check out the latest highlights from the ADCC West Cost Trails right here at Rolling Times Media
3 min read
Check out the latest highlights from the ADCC West Cost Trials right here at Rolling Times Media
Location: Las Vegas
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
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The ADCC West Coast Trial was a massive success, one of the biggest and best tournaments in grappling history the world over. Because of the sheer amount of action to cover at once, we’ll be spreading out our coverage of the event over the next several days…. check back for recaps and results from every division at this explosive ADCC West Coast Trials. View the recap of the 66 kg and 77 kg divisions here.
Jacob Rodriguez, known as (“J. Rod”), won the ADCC West Coast Trials through his impressive wrestling strength, back-takes, and extraordinary submission grappling ability. He’s following very close to the footsteps of his older brother Nick Rodriguez, both competing as a blue belts!
J. Rod came into the trials as the number-13 seed in the 88 kg division, being still relatively unknown on the elite grappling scene. At only 2 years of submission grappling training, he is a training partner alongside his brother and Craig Jones at The B-Team!
In the quarterfinals, J. Rod met his first seeded opponent, the 12-seeded Atos black belt Adam Bradley. Not a seemingly easy match-up for a Blue Belt. Nonetheless, in trademark Rodriguez brothers fashion, he took Bradley’s back and secured a deep rear-naked choke finish making his fifth of seven overall submission wins on the weekend.
Just before J. Rod’s win over Bradley, Jacob Couch, a top-seeded grappler, was upset by Harrison Woods in the round of 16. Making his unexpected early exit from the tournament argiabily the event’s biggest upset.
With Couch out of the trials, Rodriguez faced off with the unseeded Mike Crisp in the semifinals! In less than a minute, Rodriguez took Crisp’s back and sank in a devastating choke, securing his spot in the finals against undefeated MMA fighter and BJJ black belt Hunter Colvin. Another seemingly tall task, but J Rod was ready and confident.
In one of the most thrilling finishes in recent memory, Rodriguez unleashed a buggy choke finish with just over one minute remaining in regulation to take home the W.
That said, Colvin very much impressed us throughout the weekend, as he secured five wins by submission, defeating such grappling athletes as Ryan Aitken and David Garmo on his way to the finals. However, it was J Rod that bested him this time and won.
Also, as icing on the cake, After the tournament, Jones awarded Rodriguez his purple belt… the best way to earn your belt!