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Adam Bradley’s Controversial Loss at West Coast ADCC Trials Sparks Debate

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On March 30th, the Jiu Jitsu world was abuzz as the West Coast ADCC Trials unfolded in Las Vegas. While there were many exciting matches and hard-fought victories, the tournament was not without controversy. In particular, the 99-kg finals match between The Arena’s Adam “Trab” Bradley and Michael Pixley left many scratching their heads.

Bradley, a seasoned black belt and fan favorite, was expected by many to make a deep run in the tournament. Known for his dynamic guard and creative submissions, he cruised to the finals where he faced off against Pixley. The regulation match was closely contested, with both competitors having their moments. 

The pivotal moment came in the final seconds of the regulation period. With time winding down, Bradley appeared to secure a sweep, which would have given him two points and the lead. However, the referee did not award the points, ruling that the sweep was not fully completed before time expired. This decision proved to be highly controversial, as many felt that Bradley had clearly done enough to secure the score and the victory.

The match continued into an overtime period in which both competitors had their moments. However, the final decision was to Pixley, who had his hand raised, earning him the automatic invite to the ADCC event held in T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas later this year. The stunned crowd voiced their displeasure, with audible boos echoing through the arena. On social media, the outcry was swift, with many prominent figures in the jiu-jitsu community weighing in to express their belief that Bradley was robbed.

Tournament organizers and the referee team stood by the decision, stating that while it was a difficult and subjective call, they did not feel the sweep was completed with control before the clock hit zero. They cited Pixley’s near passes of Bradley’s guard and a few submission attempts that came close.

Controversial decisions are an unfortunate part of combat sports. At the highest levels, the margin between victory and defeat is razor thin. This one will certainly be debated for some time, and will no doubt provide added motivation for Bradley as he looks to earn his way back to ADCC in the future. 

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