If everything goes as planned, the 2022 ADCC Championships will feature one of the most anticipated matches in the history of competitive jiu-jitsu, as four-time ADCC superfight champion Andre Galvao has agreed to defend his superfight title against 2019 ADCC double gold medalist Gordon Ryan. Fight To Win sportsbook has now released the opening betting odds for that match, which sees Ryan installed as a four-to-one favorite over Galvao.
With Ryan as a -425, that means a bettor would have to risk $425 in order to win $100. On the other side, with Galvao as a +250 underdog, a $100 bet on him would earn back $250. Additionally, bettors can wager on if the match actually happens, with odds of -400 that it does in fact go down.
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 at the 2021 ADCC Championships. With the global COVID-19 pandemic, that event became the 2022 ADCC Championships.
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.