Europe’s Top Talent and ADCC invitees Leaving It All On the Mats At Raw Grappling 2

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Watch the main card of RAW Grappling on Sunday, July 3, stacked with top-ranked talent, some of Europe’s best grapplers, and ADCC Invitees

Ethan Crelinsten vs Diego “Pato” Oliveira

Europe’s Top Talent and ADCC invitees Leaving It All On the Mats At Raw Grappling 2

Watch the main card of RAW Grappling on Sunday, July 3, stacked with top-ranked talent, some of Europe’s best grapplers, and ADCC Invitees

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RAW Grappling is ready to roll with another night of No-Gi battling in Londontown. Some of the UK’s most accomplished will defend their island against elite grapplers from around the world, along with ADCC invitees colliding with each attempting to set the tone for the coming month leading up to the ADCC’s in September.

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Ethan Crelinsten vs Diego “Pato” Oliveira

Due to an injury, Ethan Crelinsten has been on the sidelines for more than a year. Before his shocking injury, he was a consistent top-five competitor in the 145 lb. and 155 lb. divisions. However, to the dismay of his competitors, he is back in action and ready to take home the gold! He’s poised to return to the mats in London just a few months ahead of the ADCCs, where he’s set to compete in the 66 kg division in Las Vegas.

This makes his RAW Grappling co-main event match against Diego Pato a premiere matchup and one not to miss. Pato, the top-ranked 145 lb. competitor, also has a golden ticket to the ADCCs. The No-Gi world champion has a complete game with very few weak spots. His back-take-heavy guard is bolstered by his innovative leg locks, and his ever-growing wrestling abilities make for an athlete that is comfortable from any position. Crelinsten, boasting a similarly dangerous set of capabilities, is ready to show off his skill set against the top-ranked grappler in this division. These athletes are relentless, showing no fear, setting up the head-to-head clash center mat for your entertainment.

Ffion Davies vs Vitoria Vieira

New black belt Vitoria Vieira offered a promising showing at the 2nd South American ADCC Trials and is looking to keep the uptrend in her career against the 2019 ADCC runner-up, Ffion Davies. UK’s female grappling athlete will be a heavy favorite in this matchup; she commands two submission victories over Vieira to date in the Gi this year alone. She’ll be gunning to catch a third on her way to the 2022 ADCC World Championships, where it could be hers to lose in the 60 kg division.

Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa vs Thomas Bracher

The Hulk seems ready for his second appearance at RAW Grappling in London, after a stellar debut event where he put away Gerard Labinski via armbar. Now, he’s poised to face another European grappling best with Thomas Bracher. Looking at Hulk’s record, he is 29-2 in his last 30 No-Gi matches and has compounded his submission numbers over the previous two years. Renowned as one of the most fearsome pressure passers for years, the Hulk is also seen as one of the best finishers. Bracher will not be an easy match by any stretch, though, bringing grit and pressure in this main event which is shaping up t be to be a chippy match with relentless takedown exchanges.

Ash Williams vs Thiago Macedo

Ashley Willams made quick work at the 1st ADCC European Championships back in 2021 and has been on a roll ever since, beating revered grapplers such as Paulo Miyao, Robert Diggle, and Keith Krikorian. Williams has the experience and home-field support against late-replacement Thiago Macedo. Macedo is a proportionate competitor and regularly owns podium spots but hasn’t often competed with No-Gi competition. Which may make him vulnerable to Williams’ on point leg locking expertise. But don’t count Macedo out of this match! He has a dangerous guard, and he knows how to get the victory.

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