ADCC Asia and Oceania Trials results and video highlights

View results and video highlights from the 2023 ADCC Asia and Oceania Trials, which took place over the weekend in Singapore.

The first ADCC Asia and Oceania Trials took place in Singapore over the weekend, and five more athletes punched their tickets to the 2024 ADCC World Championships.

Among those five are three returning ADCC veterans: Kenta Iwamoto, Izaak Michell, and Josh Saunders.

Michell enjoyed perhaps the most dominant performance of the day, submitting four of his five opponents and defeating former ADCC Trials winner Roberto Dib Frias to claim gold in the 88kg division. An excellent takedown artist with elite back-taking and leg-locking skills, Michell has the talent to make a deep run in his second ADCC World Championships appearance.

In other notable action, Australian MMA fighter Ethan Thomas burst onto the scene, winning the 66kg division on the strength of three submissions over the course of six matches to earn a spot at his first ADCC World Championships.

On the women’s side, ADCC veteran Adele Fornarino shined with a 100 percent submission rate to capture gold in the 55kg division. However, that performance does not guarantee her a spot at the 2024 ADCC World Championships, as women only qualify by winning the second regional Trials events.

ADCC Asia and Oceania Trials results

Men’s divisions


  • 1st – Ethan Thomas
  • 2nd – Minoru Takeuchi
  • 3rd – David Stoilescu


  • 1st – Kenta Iwamoto
  • 2nd – Rhys Allan
  • 3rd – Tomoshige Sera


  • 1st – Izaak Michell
  • 2nd – Roberto Dib Frias
  • 3rd – Kaya Rudolph


  • 1st – Declan Moody
  • 2nd – Anton Minenko
  • 3rd – Ben Hodgkinson


  • 1st – Josh Saunders
  • 2nd – Ricky Luzny
  • 3rd – Tito Carle

Women’s divisions


  • 1st – Adele Fornarino
  • 2nd – Kanae Yamada
  • 3rd – Joyce Ip


  • 1st – Wang Jue
  • 2nd – Shakira Pacana
  • 3rd – Kimbat Batai


  • 1st – Hillary Loh
  • 2nd – Nadine Dixon
  • 3rd – Jyssica Lian

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