The 2022 ADCC is coming soon, so let's start doing some previews of the various divisions. Let's take a look at the women's +60kg division. The women's division only has 8 competitors, so this will be a bit short, but interestingly enough many of these women are new to ADCC. This year we will get to see the younger generation mix it up with some of the seasoned veterans.
Gabi is the current champ and in fact she is a 4 time ADCC champion. She is one of the most successful grappling competitors of all time and will have a significant weight and strength advantage over all of her opponents.
Gabi is mostly a top player who uses her pressure to break her opponents with her base and pressure. She is patient and takes her time, which causes her opponents to tire and then she is able to force the submission. Her base and size make it almost impossible for her opponents to get offense started against her and she punishes anyone who goes directly at her.
At this weight class she has a massive advantage because of the way most of the other women in this division play. In the women's +60kg division most people are trying to wrestle and then pressure from the top position. There are few girls in this division who are guard specialist and this will play right into Gabi's game. It will be hard for anyone to outwrestle Gabi and from the bottom position even a skilled guard player will have trouble. Those with lesser guards will most likely be dominated and submitted.
On paper everything should be on her side, experience, size, strength, etc. However, Gabi might be slowing down a bit. Gabi has only been submitted twice in her whole career. Unfortunately both occurred in her last 2 fights. Last year she was 1-4 which might indicate a slow down or perhaps time catching up to her.
Gabi is definitely the favorite for this division, but she isn't looking as unstoppable as she once was.
Giovanna is the ADCC South American trials winner, who I wasn't too familiar with. I'm not sure if she is a black belt yet, but she is very impressive. She trains out of Dream art and has a very fun crowd pleasing game.
From what I've seen she is very good at taking, maintaining and finishing from the back. 3 of her 4 trials wins came from this. She is aggressive on the feet and has relentless passing. She moves well and isn't afraid to transition to different positions to open up opportunities for herself. She also has good instinct when it comes to looking for finish.
I haven't seen any of her no-gi guard game and although she is very game from the standing position, I don't know how much experience she has there. If she runs into someone with wrestling experience will she be able to hang with them or will her aggressive style get her in trouble. If she is forced into the bottom position will her guard be able to defender her against the other women in this division.
Rafaela Gedes is a newer black belt that has recently made a splash in a short amount of time. The ATOS black belt has shown she can get it done against top competition and is one of the toughest competitors in this division.
Carina Santi (Replaced by Elisabeth Clay)
Kendall has a wealth of grappling experience and has competed in Judo and Wrestling as well as BJJ. She is a Gracie Barra black belt, but has recently been training with a few other teams such as 6 blades and Pedigo submission fighting.
Like most of the other girls she is mostly a top player that wins by using pressure and control. She is very dangerous if you let her pin you down and can easily wear out many of the other women from side control or the mount. She should have a technical advantage on the feet over all of the other women.
In the past Kendall has shown that she can make mistakes and her escapes many not be enough to help her is she gets put in a bad spot. Also her game seems to be reliant on her physicality, which she will be at a disadvantage against when it comes to Gabi Garcia.
The favorite of this division has to be Gabi Garcia. If you look at her experience and results in ADCC she has to be favored over the other competitors right now. The other girls are all fairly new and don't have the same experience or size. Most of the girls in this division play from the top position as getting Gabi onto her back will be quite the challenge. However Gabi was went 1 - 4 last year with her only win coming from a penalty. This year one of these women might be able to shake things up. For the most part these women play very similar games, so it might not come down the person with the best "A game", but the person with the best "plan B", or just heart.
This division historically hasn't been the most exciting, but hopefully this is now changing. Last years heavy weight WNO tournament was very exciting and I hope these women keep that same energy at ADCC. The title is really up for grabs this year, so any of these ladies that come prepared can become the champion. There will be more names added, so I guess we will see how they shake this division up. There are 2 spots left, but I'm not sure who will be added. I'd like to see Liz Clay invited, but that still leaves one more spot which I assume will be taken by the Asian trials winner. Overall I think this division has the ingredients to be fun and interesting.
Who do you think will win?