ADCC announces women’s absolute division at 2024 ADCC World Championships

For the first time in 17 years, the ADCC will hold a women’s absolute division at the 2024 ADCC World Championships in Las Vegas.

According to a report from FloGrappling, ADCC head organizer Mo Jassim has announced that the 2024 ADCC World Championships will host a women’s absolute division.

The current weight divisions for female competitors at ADCC are 55kg, 65kg, and over 65kg – an expansion from the two weight divisions offered in the past. Those brackets consist of eight women.

By comparison, male grapplers can compete in five different weight classes, and each division consists of 16 competitors.

The ADCC previously hosted a women’s absolute division in 2005 and 2007 but had since discontinued the division.

Traditionally, prize money for the women’s divisions is lower than for men’s divisions, with female gold medal winners taking home $6,000 compared to $10,000 for the men. Male absolute champions win $40,000. Jassim did not disclose the expected payout for the women’s absolute division.

Also, the winner of the men’s absolute division typically earns a shot at the current ADCC superfight champion. Jassim did not state if a women’s superfight title would be established.

View an up-to-date list of every athlete confirmed for the 2024 ADCC World Championships here.

How to watch: The 2024 ADCC World Championships will take place on August 17-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will air live on FloGrappling (subscription required).

Ben Coate

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