DeGraff wins again, rises to 9th in world ranking

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

One year ago, Andrew DeGraff was an unranked 16-year old jiu jitsu grappler aspiring to greatness. After racking up win upon win across America, including the prestigious Midwest Finishers event in Chicago last month, DeGraff rose to 9th in the latest FloGrappling world rankings. 

“At the beginning of 2023,” says DeGraff, “I set the goal to be Top 10. I was able to do that.” 

His ultimate goal? “Number one, of course,” he shares. “But you’ve got to have stepping stones.” 

Conceding that he has now entered a whole new level of competition as a Top-10 ranked grappler, DeGraff is excited to prove his place. 

“It is deserved,” he says. “I’m one of the most active people in the division and have picked up some good wins.” 

Midwest Finishers

One such win came in July at Midwest Finishers, a submission-only event held in suburban Chicago. DeGraff went 4-0 on the weekend. 

“It was my bet performance so far,” he says. He had three submissions in regulation and one in overtime. “I was super proud.” 

Big events coming up

DeGraff will keep his foot on the gas this fall–literally and figuratively, as he travels the country grappling with top competition. Up next, he returns to Chicago for an ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) Open in September. Then he competes in a superfight at the Enigma Invitational in Massachusetts. 

But his biggest test comes in October. The ADCC Trials will allow him the opportunity to gain entry into the ADCC World Championships. 

“It’s the biggest event in jiu jitsu,” he says. 

Andrew trains and teaches locally at Nova Jiu Jitsu in Ronceverte, WV. For more information, visit:

Stay tuned to RealWV for updates on these upcoming events.


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