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ADCC 2009 is now a part of history. With the champions, runners-up and bronze medalists defined, we can now update our ADCC athletes ranking*.
The new numbers show Marcelo Garcia in the lead, 10 points ahead of the runner-up. They also show how Braulio Estima moved up the most places. He jumped from 47th to 13th. The overall ranking now includes 75 athletes. Brazilians maintain dominion, with 16 names among the top 20. Check out the new Ranking below.
The following points criteria were applied:
1.Absolute champion – 20pts
2.Category champion – 17pts
3.Supermatch champion – 15pts
4.Absolute runner-up – 13pts
5.Category runner-up  – 11pts
6.Supermatch runner-up – 9pts
7.Absolute third place – 7pts
8.Category third place – 5pts
9.Most technical athlete – 3pts
10.Participant in best match – 2pts
In the event of a draw in points, the athlete with the win of greater worth will take the lead. For example, even if drawn on points, the athlete with an absolute title will be ahead of the athlete who was a category champion.

ADCC 2009 is now a part of history. With the champions, runners-up and bronze medalists defined, we can now update our ADCC athletes ranking.

The following special prizes were defined:

Most technical athlete 2009: Braulio Estima

Best fight 2009: Marcelo Garcia vs. Kron Gracie

We also imput four points of the best fight of 2007 (Braáulio vs. Xande).

The new numbers show Marcelo Garcia in the lead, 12 points ahead of the runner-up. They also show how Braulio Estima moved up the most places. He jumped from 47th to 13th. The overall ranking now includes 76 athletes. Brazilians maintain dominion, with 16 names among the top 20.

The following points criteria were applied:

1.Absolute champion – 20pts

2.Category champion – 17pts

3.Supermatch champion – 15pts

4.Absolute runner-up – 13pts

5.Category runner-up  – 11pts

6.Supermatch runner-up – 9pts

7.Absolute third place – 7pts

8.Category third place – 5pts

9.Most technical athlete – 3pts

10.Participant in best match – 2pts

In the event of a draw in points, the athlete with the win of greater worth will take the lead. For example, even if drawn on points, the athlete with an absolute title will be ahead of the athlete who was a category champion.

This post wraps up GRACIEMAG.com Blog at the 2009 ADCC. We had over 40,000 views in one month. In the weekend of the event alone, the blog had over 10,000 view daily. We thank you all. All the info of the Blog will remain online for research. Check out the new Ranking below.

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Hannette Staack will remember that on this day she became two-time ADCC champion of the over 60kg category, when she insisted on a kneebar till the headstrong Penny Thomas tapped.
Luana Alzuguir will also remember fondly here campaign in the under 60kg. In the final, Alliance’s golden girl (the only gold-winning team member this ADCC) beat a game Sayaka Shioda by 3 to 0 by taking the Japanese grappler’s back.
On this day, Marcelo Garcia lost for the first time in the ADCC at his weight. Pablo Popovitch will remember the last 30 seconds of the under 77kg final, when he put all he had left into passing the three-time champion’s guard to take first place. Popovitch will remember that this was the third final in a row between the two, in the world cup of grappling. It’s 2 x 1 for the Alliance rep, but 2011 isn’t that far off.
Rafael Mendes will also remember the final minute of the under 66kg decider. He’ll recall how the match was drawn at 4 to 4, already in overtime, when he managed to make it to Cobrinha’s back, to make it 7 to 4 and take the gold. Before that, Rafa will remember that he submitted two-time champion Leo Vieira.
Xande Ribeiro will remember the strategy that put the brakes on the revelation of the event, Gerard Rinaldi, winner of the west coast USA trials, who dispatched favorites left and right in making it to the under 99kg final. Despite his disappointment in the absolute, Xande will cherish his second title in the event.
Fabricio Werdum will remember the title he conquered at home. The second championship that he controlled the over 99kg category of and the stands of the Pavilion that he galvanized. The fans he lent to friends while they competed.
Braulio Estima will have the greatest memories of the Sunday, September 27, that he spent in Barcelona. He’ll remember the dream day he spent in the same gymnasium a certain Dream Team enchanted the world in 17 years earlier. Braulio was nearly perfect. In the under 88kg category he caught the foot of Lovato. Then, he clamped a sightly triangle on Andre Galvao, for the gold.
In the absolute, the dream turned to reality. In less than a minute, he extended the arm of Finland’s Janne-Pekka. Then, he squeezed on the neck of Marcelo Garcia and scored 7 to 0 over Vinicius Magalhaes.
When asked about the final of the absolute, Braulio will remember that he went after Xande from the start, that he nearly got the finish with a beautiful triangle and later with an arm attack. He’ll also remember that Xande’s bad luck was his good fortune whenhis adversary gave up, betrayed by an arm injury.
When asked speak of his time winning his weight and the absolute categories of the ADCC, repeating the feat of Ze Mario (1998), Mark Kerr (2000) and Roger Gracie (2005), perhaps Braulio will break into tears like he did in the gymnasium in Barcelona. It’s also possible that time will bring Braulio to believe in his own achievement, which he hadn’t managed to do yet as he exited the Badalona Municipal Pavilion.

Hannette Staack will remember that on this day she became two-time ADCC champion of the over 60kg category, when she insisted on a kneebar till the headstrong Penny Thomas tapped.

Luana Alzuguir will also remember fondly here campaign in the under 60kg. In the final, Alliance’s golden girl (the only gold-winning team member this ADCC) beat a game Sayaka Shioda by 3 to 0 by taking the Japanese grappler’s back.

On this day, Marcelo Garcia lost for the first time in the ADCC at his weight. Pablo Popovitch will remember the last 30 seconds of the under 77kg final, when he put all he had left into passing the three-time champion’s guard to take first place. Popovitch will remember that this was the third final in a row between the two, in the world cup of grappling. It’s 2 x 1 for the Alliance rep, but 2011 isn’t that far off.

Rafael Mendes will also remember the final minute of the under 66kg decider. He’ll recall how the match was drawn at 4 to 4, already in overtime, when he managed to make it to Cobrinha’s back, to make it 7 to 4 and take the gold. Before that, Rafa will remember that he submitted two-time champion Leo Vieira.

Xande Ribeiro will remember the strategy that put the brakes on the revelation of the event, Gerard Rinaldi, winner of the west coast USA trials, who dispatched favorites left and right in making it to the under 99kg final. Despite his disappointment in the absolute, Xande will cherish his second title in the event.

Fabricio Werdum will remember the title he conquered at home. The second championship that he controlled the over 99kg category of and the stands of the Pavilion that he galvanized. The fans he lent to friends while they competed.

Braulio Estima will have the greatest memories of the Sunday, September 27, that he spent in Barcelona. He’ll remember the dream day he spent in the same gymnasium a certain Dream Team enchanted the world in 17 years earlier. Braulio was nearly perfect. In the under 88kg category he caught the foot of Lovato. Then, he clamped a sightly triangle on Andre Galvao, for the gold.

In the absolute, the dream turned to reality. In less than a minute, he extended the arm of Finland’s Janne-Pekka. Then, he squeezed on the neck of Marcelo Garcia and scored 7 to 0 over Vinicius Magalhaes.

When asked about the final of the absolute, Braulio will remember that he went after Xande from the start, that he nearly got the finish with a beautiful triangle and later with an arm attack. He’ll also remember that Xande’s bad luck was his good fortune whenhis adversary gave up, betrayed by an arm injury.

When asked speak of his time winning his weight and the absolute categories of the ADCC, repeating the feat of Ze Mario (1998), Mark Kerr (2000) and Roger Gracie (2005), perhaps Braulio will break into tears like he did in the gymnasium in Barcelona. It’s also possible that time will bring Braulio to believe in his own achievement, which he hadn’t managed to do yet as he exited the Badalona Municipal Pavilion.

The words of the champion

ADCC 2009 has a grand champion. Besides taking the under 88kg title, Braulio Estima defeated Xande Ribeiro to take the absolute one too.
“I just want to say that I could never have done it alone. I had lots of help. It’s not fair to claim victory for myself. I trained all I could. All my students helped me. My brother and coaches helped me in the gym. I’m always learning. I’m really happy, I had lots of support. My time has come. I trained really hard for this. I feel I performed well. I’d like to thank my wife, who gave me a lot of massages. I thank Ze Radiola, Roger Gracie, for the support,” said the champion.
In tears, Braulio went on: “To my father, my mother, my whole family. This is for you. Now I’m going to take a vacation. I’ll go to Brazil on Wednesday to see my parents. I want to send a big kiss to my son Julian. He will be really proud that I did what I did. I’m happy to have competed at a good level,” he finished.

ADCC 2009 has a grand champion. Besides taking the under 88kg title, Braulio Estima defeated Xande Ribeiro to take the absolute one too.

“I just want to say that I could never have done it alone. I had lots of help. It’s not fair to claim victory for myself. I trained all I could. All my students helped me. My brother and coaches helped me in the gym. I’m always learning. I’m really happy, I had lots of support. My time has come. I trained really hard for this. I feel I performed well. I’d like to thank my wife, who gave me a lot of massages. I thank Ze Radiola, Roger Gracie, for the support,” said the champion.

In tears, Braulio went on: “To my father, my mother, my whole family. This is for you. Now I’m going to take a vacation. I’ll go to Brazil on Wednesday to see my parents. I want to send a big kiss to my son Julian. He will be really proud that I did what I did. I’m happy to have competed at a good level,” he finished.

Xande and Carcara are battling in the most important fight of the weekend.

Braulio finds a path to his lethal inverted triangle early in the match. Xande has an overall good defense and with one his arms is kind of defending it. Triangle is fully locked now but Xande stands, shakes it and defends.

They end in Braulio’s guard, but Xande hurts his right shoulder and gives up.

Bráulio wins the absolute!

And carries Jacare to the center of the fight area to provoke him.

Theoretically, they will meet each other in the ADCC 2011. We’ll see you guys there!

Absolute bronze

Only a few minutes have passed, but Gunnar Nelson and Vinicius “Pesao” Magalhães are back in the main venue, disputing third place.

Vini is playing guard, Gunnar is looking for Pesao’s back. Vinicius tries to find a leg or an arm, Gunny keeps posture (and balance). They must be really, really tired by now. This is the sixth match for Magalhaes this Sunday. And Gunnar’s fourth, among them one big overtime battle against Jeff Monson.

Gunnar puts pressure on Vini, who turns back to him. Now Vinicius is in turtle position, and Gunnar is trying to put in his hooks. Magalhães escapes trading position with Gunnar, and raises him really high in a suplex attempt. Gunnar is back at a back attack attempt when time ends. 0-0. Overtime is on.

Gunnar quickly manages to get the same position, controlling Vinicius who is turtling. They get back to their feet. Vinicius takes Gunnar down but is unable to hold him for three seconds to score. Pace slows as we get deep in the overtime and Vinicius scores a takedown in the last seconds to win bronze.

What a great show these guys put up. A quick recap here: Vinicius only lost to the very guys who are disputing the final now (Xande in the <99kg semi and Braulio in the absolute semi).

Road to the gold

Two of this week’s  inspired fighters, Braulio Estima and Vinicius Magalhaes, are disputing a place in the absolute final. Braulio attacks Pesao’s leg and ends up playing guard. Eventually, Braulio closes and nearly mounts. Vini escapes standing but Braulio takes him down, opening the scoring (2-0). They go to the middle and Braulio puts in the hooks for three more (5-0). Vini escapes but ends in Braulio’s close guard. Braulio sweeps, makes it 7-0 and time runs out. Braulio and Xande (read below) will repeat the 2007 <99kg final. But now it counts for the most important division, the absolute.

In the other area, Xande pulls Gunnar into his guard, a strategy that has truly worked thus far in this tournament. Underdog Gunnar threatens Xande’s back, but the 2008 and 2006 Jiu-Jitsu Absolute World Champion defends and connects a straight knee bar, tapping Iceland’s representative. Xande is the first absolute finalist.

Braulio Estima and Marcelo Garcia battle for a place in the semifinal. Estima pulls guard. After quite a while, Braulio sweeps. And passes. Marcelinho scrambles, Braulio goes for a back attempt and mounts. Braulio takes the back and taps Garcia.

On their feet, Vinicius Magalhaes and Chris Weidman. As quick as a bolt, Vini snags the armbar and is in the semis against Braulio.

In the third match, Xande goes against Galvão. Xande starts better, taking Galvao down, but no points are been counted yet. Now Xande plays guard. Sweeps. They both stand with Xande attempting to take Galvao’s back. Xande is leading 3-0 and they are towed to the middle. Time ends and Xande wins.

In the last match of the quarters, Gunnar Nelson faces David Avellan. It takes a while, but Gunnar manages the takedown and ends up in Avellan’s half guard. Avellan nearly sweep but Nelson scrambles, gets t0 his feet and takes Avellan down. Back in half guard. Avellan goes for the sweep but didn’t manage to finish it. They are trading takedowns, with an apparent advantage for Gunnar. Nelson takes Avellan down, takes the back and taps Avellan.

A 10-minutes break for the award ceremonies. Look at the semifinals ahead:

Braulio Estima vs Vinicius Magalhães

Xande Ribeiro vs Gunnar Nelson

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