The 2022 ADCC World Championships are shaping up to be the most anticipated in the event’s history. Thanks to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, it will be a full three years since the last ADCC championships, giving plenty of time for rivalries to build.
ADCC head organizer Mo Jassim has announced the purse for the Galvao/Ryan superfight, and it will be the largest in ADCC history.
The loser of the superfight will take home a guaranteed $50,000, while the winner will earn a $100,000.
The rivalry between Galvao and Ryan has been simmering for years. Following his fourth consecutive ADCC superfight win at the 2019 ADCC Championships, Galvao announced his retirement from competition. Ryan won double gold at that same event and has looked nothing short of dominant since then, building anticipation for a Galvao/Ryan superfight.
Adding to that anticipation was a war of words on social media that lasted months, with Ryan trying to prod Galvao out of retirement. That war of words culminated in an altercation between Galvao and Ryan in which Ryan slapped Galvao. In May 2021, Ryan announced an indefinite leave of absence from competition, citing ongoing health concerns.
Shortly thereafter, it was announced that Galvao had accepted the 2022 ADCC superfight, and he had accepted it before Ryan had announced his break from competition. The feud has since calmed down, but now that the match is official, fans can expect things to quickly heat back up over the course of the next year.