The ADCC Submission Wrestling Championship, often simply called ADCC the world’s most prestigious grappling competition, will open in early March in Rabat, for its very first African edition.
Organized by the Abu Dhabi Combat Club, and created in 1998 by Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyane, discovers the mixed martial arts (MMA) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the first tournament from this organization in 1993. He began learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu under the guidance of Professor Nelson Monterio Jr. in his San Diego Academy. At the end of his studies and his return to Abu Dhabi, he opened a center for various martial arts to import MMA into his country.
He also convinced his Brazilian jiu-jitsu teacher to join him and created in 1998 with him the competition ADCC Submission Wrestling Championship in order to confront the best grapplers in rules favoring submission.
The competition brings together fighters from various grappling disciplines such as Brazilian Jiujitsu, Judo, Sambo or Wrestling, to confront them in rules accessible to each style while favoring submission techniques.
The first four annual editions took place in the city of Abu Dahbi. The tournament is exported from around the world and currently, in 2019 ADCC organizes the first African edition to be held in Morocco, in Rabat on March 2nd and 3rd.