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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.

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The ADCC 2009 rules meeting just ended. Little has changed in relation to previous years. Below you will find the point-scoring system and the other rules of the event.

The ADCC 2009 rules meeting just ended. Little has changed in relation to previous years. Below you will find the point-scoring system and the other rules of the event.

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Kron has his questions answered at rules meeting

Match duration

10 minutes till semifinals

20 minutes in finals

Overtime

The matches will have at most two overtimes. Should they remain a draw, it will go to judges’ decision

Point scoring

Takedowns and sweeps where the one to initiate the move lands in guard or half-guard of opponent – 2 points

Takedowns and sweeps where the one to initiate the move lands with opponent’s guard passed – 4 points

Guard pass – 3 points

Mount – 2 points

Taking of back – 3 points

All positions must be stabilized for at least three seconds to count

Points will only be counted after 5 minutes up to the semifinals and after 10 minutes in finals.

Matches ending in a draw will go the judges after two overtimes. The criterion of aggressiveness will carry the most weight in picking the winner.

Negative points

To pull guard, fake shoot for takedown and lack of movement: -1point

Negative points for lack of movement will be given after two warnings from the referee, even if the warnings were given during the first half of the match. In the finals, athletes may lose a point during the first half of the match.

Prohibited

Slams are only allowed when there is real danger of a submission (hold is in place).

The crucifix is prohibited.

Any grip on the opponent’s clothing is illegal.

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You’d make no mistake saying Jeff Monson and Dean Lister are the two Americans with the greatest past in the ADCC among those do compete in Barcelona. The “Snowman” shows up in ninth on the GRACIEMAG ranking,

with 56 points coming from two weight group titles and two runner-ups. The giant is still in search of his first absolute title. Thus, he doesn’t deny how anxious he is to enter action this Saturday.
Dean Lister, 19th on the ranking, was the big surprise and could even be called the dark horse of the ADCC 2003. Eliminated at weight, the polyglot (he was interviewed in Portuguese but also speaks Spanish) reappeared in the absolute to beat Marcio “Pe de Pano” and Saulo Ribeiro, as well as Alexandre “Cacareco”, in the final.

After weighing in the two had a chat with this Blog.

Blog: How do you two feel about competing tomorrow? Did training go well?

Jeff Monson: It went great, as I’m here now with no injuries. I’m excited about fighting. It’s great to be a part of the ADCC, to watch new talent coming up in the ranks and the older generation here to put on a show.

Lister: Training went great. My whole body’s sore and that assures me I trained hard. I feel really god about competing at under 99kg. In MMA, I have to drop to 85kg and even though I feel quick, I feel weak.

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Monson is in his seventh ADCC

Blog: Who will be the toughest opponent in your categories?

Monson: My category has Saulo, who is really experienced and tough. I’ve fought him before, but he was lighter. Beyond him there are Werdum and Romulo Barral. About my first opponent, all I know is he’s Polish.

Lister: My category is one of the toughest. There’s Pe de Pano, Xande Ribeiro, as weel as some good European wrestlers we don’t know much about.

Blog: Monson, your category is the only one where Brazilians don’t have total dominion, with several non-Brazilian champions in the past and even finals without the country represented. Why do you feel that is?

Monson: I think it’s because in the over 99kg we have really strong wrestlers who sometimes manage to annul Jiu-Jitsu finishes, even if just with force, which doesn’t happen in the lower weight groups.

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Lister was absolute champion in 2003

Blog: Lister, what do you feel will be the big attraction this ADCC?

Lister: To me, the ADCC’s organizers managed to put together an event that attends to competitors of all styles of grappling arts. If you come from Jiu-Jitsu, you will need to adapt your game to win, if you come from wrestling or judo, the same goes. Anyone can win. That’s why, to me, an ADCC title proves you’re the best grappler there is.

Blog: Will we see you two in the absolute?

Lister, Monson: Yes, for sure!

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Um parque de diversões agita a região de Barcelona onde está situado o hotel dos atletas do ADCC 2009. Os barcelonenses lotam o local e se divertem na roda gigante, no bate-bate, no bungee junping invertido, que promete sensações extremas. E comem. Comem muitos churros, cachorros quentes e maçãs do amor. Por mais que procure, o Blog não acha nenhum atleta entre as milhares de pessoas que curtem a noite de quinta-feira.

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Uma volta na Monumental garante bela vista da orla

Espalhados pelo saguão do hotel Hilton Diagonal Mar, os atletas do ADCC 2009 lutam contra o sono para igualar o fuso horáro. Marcelo Garcia e a esposa Tatiana estão tranquilos: “Agora é só esperar”, sorri o mineiro, antes de ser mais uma vez assediado por uma série de fãs japoneses.

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O bate-bate (ou autochoque)

Rafael Mendes e André Galvão saem para comer no centro comercial em frenbte ao hotel, onde a organização tem um convênio com um restaurante de frutos do mar. A estrela da Atos JJ, que veio à Espanha sem nnhum companheiro de equipe (fora Galvão), ainda está dois quilos acima do peso. Já André está tranquilo: “Estou apenas 800 gramas acima”, revela.

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Marcelinho tenta driblar o sono no saguão

No jantar, encontram os irmãos Xande e Saulo Ribeiro. O segundo é só sorrisos e brinca com o fato de estar inscrito entre os gigantes de mais de 99kg. Com o prato já vazio, Saulo ri: “Já disputei todas as categorias, tenho um título até 88kg e outro até 99kg, agora resolvi tentar acima de 99kg. Já lutei em todas as divisões, menos até 66kg, até porque essa é do Royler”.

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Saulo, Kid Peligro e Xande relaxam após o jantar

Quem também chega para comer é Kron Gracie. Acompanhado apenas de um amigo que não larga o telefone e discute com algém em uma lingua inintelegível, o filho de Rickson admite: “Já lutei umas competições sem kimono, mas essa vai ser a primeira de verdade” reconhece, com o semblante tranquilo. E os adversários, Kron? Difíceis? “Se não fosse, não seria uma competição importante como é”.

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Kron, no peso, espera a comida chegar

De volta ao saguão do hotel. Robert Drysdale e Ronaldo Jacaré estão lado a lado, mas não conversam. O réptil é direto quando perguntado sobre a vez em que os dois já foram da mesma equipe: “Eu treinava em Manaus e ele em São Paulo. Eramos do mesmo time, mas não da mesma equipe. Nunca treinamos juntos”.

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Jacaré pronto para a superluta

A pesagem acontece às 11:00AM dessa sexta-feira (6:00AM no Brasil). Em seguida, será realizada a reunião de regras. Siga ligado no Blog para saber das últimas notícias do ADCC 2009.

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It’s hard to think Rubens Charles Maciel and not tag onto his name the adjective most associated with it. At the Jiu-Jitsu Worlds, Cobrinha has dominated the featherweight category for no loess than four years. The four-time champion equaled the landmark set by the legendary Royler Gracie and the two embraced in Long Beach, last June.
This “competition” between the two brings us to think of the second part of the dispute. In the ADCC, Royler is a three-time champion. In Barcelona, Cobrinha will make his debut and states that he isn’t looking to make it to the Gracie’s three, but made it clear his goals are always lofty. To make it to the title in 2009, Cobrinha will have to overcome another hard-nosed featherweights, among them Rafael Mendes, his greatest rival at the moment; current champion Rani Yahya; two-time champion Leo Vieira. He’ll have his work cut out for him.

It’s hard to think Rubens Charles Maciel and not tag onto his name the adjective most associated with it. At the Jiu-Jitsu Worlds, Cobrinha has dominated the featherweight category for no loess than four years. The four-time champion equaled the landmark set by the legendary Royler Gracie and the two embraced in Long Beach, last June.

This “competition” between the two brings us to think of the second part of the dispute. In the ADCC, Royler is a three-time champion. In Barcelona, Cobrinha will make his debut and states that he isn’t looking to make it to the Gracie’s three, but made it clear his goals are always lofty. To make it to the title in 2009, Cobrinha will have to overcome another hard-nosed featherweights, among them Rafael Mendes, his greatest rival at the moment; current champion Rani Yahya; two-time champion Leo Vieira. He’ll have his work cut out for him.

Cobrinha no Pan NoGi 2008. Foto: Luca Atalla

Cobrinha at Pan NoGi 2008. Photo: Luca Atalla

Direct from Atlanta, Georgia, Cobrinha had a chat with the GRACIEMAG.com ADCC 2009 Blog and provided insight into his training and told of how he will arrive in Barcelona hungry for the title, but in no rush.

Blog: You all set for the ADCC?
Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”: My preparations could not have gone any better. I had several people by my side bending over backwards to get me ready. Black belt Rafael Rosendo came to help me train; Master Romero Jacare has given me full support in myy training; my wrestling coach Paul Creighton opened the doors of his gym for me to teach and my physical conditioning coach Josh Brown got me in shape. I can’t leave out my students at Alliance Atlanta either, who game me major support. And my wife Daniela, who put up with me while I trained and cut weight.

Blog: Is getting ready for the ADCC much different from the JJ Worlds, for example?
Cobrinha: I think a lot changes. The ADCC is almost an entirely different style of fight. The rules are very different. We don’t have the grips on the gi and the match duration is quite different. I, for some time now, have been training without the gi to improve my fundamentals. And I can tell you I already see progress in my game.

Blog: At the Worlds, you equaled Royler’s four wins, now will you be aiming to equal his three ADCC wins?
Cobrinha: I’m someone who always has lofty goals, but I’m not thinking of equaling Royler’s achievement yet. I’m just getting started in the ADCC, while Royler’s the man. If I can do have what he has done, I’ll be great. I’m in no hurry to reach my goals. I like going after them in the long run.

Derrotando Rafael Mendes no Mundial 2009. Foto: Ivan Trindade

Beating Rafael Mendes at the 2009 Worlds. Photo: Ivan Trindade

Blog: In your division, who will be the toughest adversary: revelation and rival Rafael Mendes, current champion Rani Yahya or two-time champion Leo Vieira?
Cobrinha: I think all of them are really tough opponents, since they’re all training to show their best. It’s hard to point out one of them. All of them have what it takes and I have to pay close attention to each of them.

Blog: Lighter athletes tend to pull guard in the gi, but in the ADCC that is frowned upon in the rules. What to do?
Cobrinha: That’s right. Pulling guard makes things worse in the ADCC. To me, I’ll have to improvise. I feel, even in the gi, I’ve been managing to do a lot of variations, even though I like fighting from the bottom. Anyhow, we’ll see how things develop. I didn’t change my game much, but I’ve adapted it to ADCC rules.

Blog: To end, who do you consider to be the best athlete in ADCC history?
Cobrinha: Marcelo Garcia. His performances have always been synonymous with putting on a show at the ADCC.

What about you, do you feel Cobrinha is a favorite to take the under 66kg title? Leave your comment.

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Four days from the star of the 2009 event in Barcelona, the GRACIEMAG.com ADCC 2009 Blog offers up a ranking of the athletes in the tournament’s overall history. In putting it together, we lay out all the results since the first installment of the competition and attribute points according to the importance of each position on the winners’ stand (you will find the points listed below.

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With his win over Ze Mario in 2001, Kerr leads the Ranking, whereas the "Zen Machine" is runner-up even without competing since 2003. Photo: Luca Atalla

According to the criteria adopted for the GRACIEMAG ADCC Athletes Ranking, 67 athletes scored points and guaranteed their places on the list.
For the time being, we release only the male rankings, but the female one is on the way.
The following points criteria was applied:
1.Absolute champion – 20pts
2.Weight category champion – 17pts
3.Supermatch winner – 15pts
4.Absolute runner-up – 13pts
5.Weight category runner-up – 11pts
6.Supermatch runner-up – 9pts
7.Absolute third place – 7pts
8.Weight category third place – 5pts
9.Most technical athlete – 3pts
10.Best match participant – 2pts
In the event of an even number of points, the athlete with wins of greater significance takes the lead. For example, even with the same number of wins, the athlete with an absolute title will be ranked ahead of the athlete who won a weight division.
Check out the GRACIEMAG ADCC Athletes Ranking

According to the criteria adopted for the GRACIEMAG ADCC Athletes Ranking, 67 athletes scored points and guaranteed their places on the list.

For the time being, we release only the male rankings, but the female one is on the way.

The following points criteria was applied:

1.Absolute champion – 20pts

2.Weight category champion – 17pts

3.Supermatch winner – 15pts

4.Absolute runner-up – 13pts

5.Weight category runner-up – 11pts

6.Supermatch runner-up – 9pts

7.Absolute third place – 7pts

8.Weight category third place – 5pts

9.Most technical athlete – 3pts

10.Best match participant – 2pts

In the event of an even number of points, the athlete with wins of greater significance takes the lead. For example, even with the same number of wins, the athlete with an absolute title will be ranked ahead of the athlete who won a weight division.

Check out the GRACIEMAG ADCC Athletes Ranking

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What do you think of the ranking? Leave your comment.

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Guess who just reappeared in the ADCC under 99kg division at the last minute? Ricco Rodriguez, over 99kg champion in 1998.

- Kyra Gracie is out of the ADCC due to injury. Her absence is likely reason for Bianca Andrade being called up at the last moment.

- Just now the event’s organizers announced three more competitors. To round out the under 99kg category, Sweden’s Ilir Latifi and Japan’s Yoshiyuki Nakahashi were called up. Also invited was Poland’s Tomasz Szczerek, for the under 88kg category.

- Five-time Jiu-Jitsu world champion Bianca Andrade was invited to participate at ADCC 2009. He will enter the under 60kg category. The organization hasn’t announced which athlete she will take the place of.

- Among the men, longboarder Joel Tudor, a Rodrigo Medeiros student, was invited to participate in the under 66kg category. He takes the place of Urijah Faber.

- Just as a reminder, Tudor just won the American Nationals. He beat none other than ADCC under 66kg champion Rani Yahya in the final.

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He was a finalist in the under 77kg category the last two editions. In these two campaigns he beat big names like Renzo Gracie (2005) and Andre Galvao (2007). In the two finals, though, he stopped at the same adversary, Marcelo Garcia. But Popovitch doesn’t give up and will be present in Barcelona.

Not many know, though, that the Brazilian black belt naturalized American’s first appearance in the ADCC was in 2003, in Sao Paulo. There, Pablo also caused some surprise in beating then-under-77kg champion Marcio Feitosa, after which he was eliminated by judges’ decision in a 30-minute battle against Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro.

He was a finalist in the under 77kg category the last two editions. In these two campaigns he beat big names like Renzo Gracie (2005) and Andre Galvao (2007). In the two finals, though, he stopped at the same adversary, Marcelo Garcia. But Popovitch doesn’t give up and will be present in Barcelona.
No many know, though, that the Brazilian black belt naturalized American’s first appearance in the ADCC was in 2003, in Sao Paulo. There, Pablo also caused some surprise in beating then-under-77kg champion Marcio Feitosa, after which he was eliminated by judges’ decision in a 30-minute battle against Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro.
In 2009, Popovitch will once again go after what he considers to be his greatest career objective, to win the ADCC. To Spain he takes with him his years of training, his No-Gi Worlds title, conquered in 2007 and lots of determination. Only those who don’t know Pablo Popovitch can doubt he is one of those favored to take down boogeyman Marcelo Garcia.
Direct from the school he heads in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Popovitch spoke with the GRACIEMAG.com ADCC 2009 Blog.
Blog: Tell us a bit about your trajectory in the ADCC.
Pablo Popovitch: To win the American trials for ADCC 2003 was my greatest dream fulfilled! In Sao Paulo, I beat then-champion Marcio Feitosa. After that, unfortunately, I lost the judges’ decision to Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro. We fought for 30 minutes and the score stayed at 0 to 0.
Blog: What did this first experience in the ADCC mean to you?
Pablo Popovitch: I grew up watching Feitosa and Shaolin dominate the Jiu-Jitsu lightweight division. To beat Feitosa and lose a decision to Shaolin made me very confident in my Jiu-Jitsu. From that moment on I knew I could be one of the best in the world. I just had to train more and believe in my potenti

In 2009, Popovitch will once again go after what he considers to be his greatest career objective, to win the ADCC. To Spain he takes with him his years of training, his No-Gi Worlds title, conquered in 2007 and lots of determination. Only those who don’t know Pablo Popovitch can doubt he is one of those favored to take down boogeyman Marcelo Garcia.

Direct from the school he heads in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Popovitch spoke with the GRACIEMAG.com ADCC 2009 Blog.

Blog: Tell us a bit about your trajectory in the ADCC.
Pablo Popovitch: To win the American trials for ADCC 2003 was my greatest dream fulfilled! In Sao Paulo, I beat then-champion Marcio Feitosa. After that, unfortunately, I lost the judges’ decision to Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro. We fought for 30 minutes and the score stayed at 0 to 0.

Blog: What did this first experience in the ADCC mean to you?
Pablo Popovitch: I grew up watching Feitosa and Shaolin dominate the Jiu-Jitsu lightweight division. To beat Feitosa and lose a decision to Shaolin made me very confident in my Jiu-Jitsu. From that moment on I knew I could be one of the best in the world. I just had to train more and believe in my potential.

Popovitch derrota Galvão, em 2007. Foto: Guilherme Rafols

Popovitch defeats Galvão in 2007. Photo: Guilherme Rafols

Blog: Do you have a motto that encourages you come competition time?
Popovitch: I always thing that “There can be only one”. I participate at every championship with that phrase in my head. And the answer is always the same: “Pablo Popovitch”. That’s not disrespect to my opponents, but my great belief in victory. The day I stop believing it is the day I stop competing.

Blog: What’s your main objective at the moment?
Popovitch: To win the ADCC!

O pódio até 77kg de 2007: Marcelinho, Popovitch e Galvão. Foto: Luca Atalla

Under 77kg podium in 2007: Marcelinho, Popovitch and Galvao. Photo: Luca Atalla

Blog: How would you define your game?
Popovitch: My style of Jiu-Jitsu has gone through several stages. When I was a kid I just wanted to play guard, I loved playing on the bottom. When I started practicing wrestling in the States, I was good at it since I’ve always been really quick and explosive. Wrestling was natural to me. From there, I changed my game. I started becoming a guard passer.

Blog: What’s the path to success in a championship?
Popovitch: I always analyze my opponents a lot. I watch how they pass, sweep, take down, etc… I work to capitalize on my opponent’s weaknesses to win the match. I’m very much a strategist in championships. I always play to win! To me, Jiu-Jitsu is like a chess game. The one who makes no mistakes wins.

What about you? Do you think Popovitch will make it to a third final against Marcelo Garcia? And this time win?

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Until proven otherwise, Hannette Staack is the first athlete to reach Barcelona for the ADCC 2009. The over 60kg and absolute champion of 2007 just tweeted her arrival in the capital of Catalonia.

Foto: Luca Atalla

Photo: Luca Atalla

Hannette wrote: “In Barcelona… Focused in what I came here to do… Fight!!! Thank you God for one more day training!”

Hannette wrote: “In Barcelona… Focused in what I came here to do… Fight!!! Thank you God for one more day training!”

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Photo: Guilherme Rafols

The GRACIEMAG.com ADCC 2009 Blog lands in Barcelona the coming 24th.

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Webcast offer extended

It goes until Sep 20th (this Sunday) the offer of $19.95 for the two whole days of action of the ADCC 2009 (live video streaming + matches on demand). Order here

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Xande Ribeiro has already beaten two ADCC absolute champions… but at weight. In 2003, he scored 8 to 0 over Dean Lister. Four years later, he overcame Robert Drysdale with a takedown.
In the open weight category, though, he didn’t have the same luck the two times he participated. In 2005 he took fourth after losing to Roger in the semifinal and to Marcelo Garcia in the bronze-medal dispute and, two years later, in the final phase, after losing to a surprising David Avellan.

Xande Ribeiro has already beaten two ADCC absolute champions… but at weight. In 2003, he scored 8 to 0 over Dean Lister. Four years later, he overcame Robert Drysdale with a takedown.

In the open weight category, though, he didn’t have the same luck the two times he participated. In 2005 he took fourth after losing to Roger in the semifinal and to Marcelo Garcia in the bronze-medal dispute and, two years later, in the final phase, after losing to a surprising David Avellan.

Foto: Luca Atalla

Photo: Luca Atalla

Under 99kg champion in 2007, after an electrifying final with Braulio “Carcara” Estima, Xande returns to the stage of the ADCC with two clear objectives: to take his second weight group title and the much-coveted absolute title, the only one missing from the fighter’s CV.

For such lofty achievements, Xande is training hard in San Diego with brother Saulo (who will compete too) and the whole team at University of Jiu-Jitsu. Even after having gone so long without competing in a grappling tournament (the last was the 2008 Worlds), Xande guarantees he is confident and at full steam.

Desbancando Drysdale em 2007. Foto: Guilherme Rafols

Overcoming Drysdale in 2007. Photo: Guilherme Rafols

During a brief pause in training, the two-time absolute champion of Jiu-Jitsu spoke to the GRACIEMAG at ADCC 2009 Blog.

Blog: Tell us a bit about your training for the ADCC.
Alexandre Ribeiro: Truth is that training of the ADCC goes hand in hand with MMA training [Xande had two MMA fights, winning both by TKO], but as I didn’t fight in Japan due to a knee injury, I focused entirely on grappling. I did strength work with Steve Maxwell and later worked on polishing up my game, agility and stretching with Natural Gymnastics teacher Alvaro Romano [GRACIEMAG columnist].

Blog: what has changed in relation to training for a Jiu-Jitsu championship?
Xande: The big difference in relation to Jiu-Jitsu is that the ADCC is a very physical tournament. To dispute it, one needs to train a lot of wrestling. Although the ADCC gives a greater chance of winning to wrestlers and “stallers” who like to run from the action, at the end of the day the ones with sharper Jiu-Jitsu wear themselves out less. Even more so when you think of how the champion has to fight for a minimum of 50 minutes, not including overtimes. That’s why one needs to have a lot of mental fortitude and stamina.

Final eletrizante com Bráulio. Foto: Guilherme Rafols

Riveting final with Braulio. Photo: Guilherme Rafols

Blog: Are you totally recovered from the injured knee? Could your time in recovery, without being able to train, hamper your stamina in Barcelona?
Xande: I’m recovered from the injury and ready to fight for the title. I’ve got great stamina, if just because when I was injured I kept swimming and doing what I could. I might end up feeling a little lack of rhythm, since I haven’t competed since the 2008 Worlds. As for wind, don’t worry, I’ll be 100%.

Blog: Looking at your adversaries under 99kg, who do you imagine will give you the hardest time in getting your second?
Xande: All the opponents are difficult. I’ve seen few of them fight, but looking at who’s signed up I can point out Pe de Pano and Dean Lister. I saw some of Glover Teixeira’s matches, he crafty. There’s also Gerard Rinardi, who they told me is a really good wrestler and grappler. Vinicius “Pezao” is another force, as is Renato “Babalu”, who has really wicked wrestling. I’ve seen flaws and qualities in each of them and I’m prepared to play well both standing and on the ground.

Foto: Luca Atalla

Photo: Luca Atalla

Blog: The ADCC absolute title is the only one you’re missing. How are you dealing with the anxiousness?
Xande: I’m really anxious, but not in a negative way. The anxiousness makes me even more determined. I can’t think of the absolute, when in my weight division there are so many tough guys. To win the absolute, I have to do well in my category and not wear myself out, which is nearly impossible. I can tell you I’m prepared for 100 minutes of war over the weekend. The weekend will be mine and I’ll reach my objective.

Blog: From your previous performances in the ADCC, which would you consider your greatest moment?
Xande: I can say I really liked most of my performances. I was champion in 2007 and beat the 2003 and 2007 absolute champions.

Foto: Guilherme Rafols

Photo: Guilherme Rafols

Blog: Which was your most painful mistake?
Xande: As incredible as it may seem, the most painful moment was not the submission I suffered to Roger in 2005, but the triangle I let escape. But it’s alright, mistakes are there to make us evolve. I hope not to make the same mistake this year.

Blog: Who is the greatest ADCC athlete to date?
Xande: To me, Saulo [Ribeiro] is at the top. He competed in 6 ADCCs and is signed up for a seventh. Of these, he won two, fought in three different categories and will go into a fourth in 2009. In 1999 he was in a final in the gi that lasted 45 minutes against Jeff Monson, as well as other battles. He fought 30 minutes against David Terrel, 20 with Ronaldo Jacare and so on. But we can also stick Royler Gracie and Marcelo Garcia on the list too. And, of course, the blanket Roger Gracie.

Xande vs Napao – ADCC 2005

What about you, do you feel Xande will win the under 99kg and the absolute in Barcelona? Leave your comment.

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Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz’s story in the ADCC can be divided into trips to heaven and those to hell. Ever since his first time in the event in 2001, the two-time absolute world champion of Jiu-Jitsu (2002, 2003) alternated between good and bad moments.
He was over-99kg champion in 2003, in Brazil, without a single point scored against him (as he promised at the press conference beforehand). He later fought with the cheering section that sided with Fabricio Werdum over a controversial point awarded by the arbiter. “I’m the best in the world and that’s that,” he yelled into the stands.

Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz’s story in the ADCC can be divided into trips to heaven and those to hell. Ever since his first time in the event in 2001, the two-time absolute world champion of Jiu-Jitsu (2002, 2003) alternated between good and bad moments.

He was over-99kg champion in 2003, in Brazil, without a single point scored against him (as he promised at the press conference beforehand). He later fought with the cheering section that sided with Fabricio Werdum over a controversial point awarded by the arbiter. “I’m the best in the world and that’s that,” he yelled into the stands.

Céu: nas costas de Marcelinho em 2003. Foto: Gustavo Aragão

Céu: nas costas de Marcelinho em 2003. Foto: Gustavo Aragão

His statement came back to bite him soon thereafter when, in the absolute semifinal, Pe lost in the final seconds to Dean Lister. After that, he didn’t even make it onto the winners’ stand after losing to the very Werdum.

Two years later, in Abu Dhabi, Pe de Pano started off in style. In the third-place match, he submitted Ricco Rodriguez with a triangle to be remembered.

Besides the slick move, it was in this match that Pe participated in one of the most memorable dialogues in the history of the event. Halfway through the 15-minute extra time in the match, Cruz looked to his corner and asked Renzo Gracie: “If I piddle around here, will I win?” “You’ll win!” replied the other nut.

Inferno: perdendo o bronze para Werdum, em 2003. Foto: Gustavo Aragão

Inferno: perdendo o bronze para Werdum, em 2003. Foto: Gustavo Aragão

In 2005 and 2007, Pe de Pano recognizes he was much to blame. For that very reason his determination to be champion in 2009 is greater than ever. Direct from the United States, where he is ending his preparations, Pe de Pano spoke with the GRACIEMAG at ADCC 2009 Blog.

Blog: The last time you competed in Jiu-Jitsu was in January, at the European Championship, and then had two MMA fights. How are you feeling, going into the ADCC?
Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz: I’m well prepared, have my head in the right place and a lot of desire to be champion. I had my last MMA fight at the end of August and I stayed here in Florida, where I’m finishing up my training with friends.

Blog: In Jiu-Jitsu you are best known for your deadly guard, but in the ADCC pulling guard means dropping points. Will that hinder or change your game in any way?
Pe de Pano: After I started practicing MMA, I noticed you can’t play guard the whole time, so these days I have a more well-rounded game for the ADCC. I take down better, have a tighter game on top, defend takedowns well and still have the old guard.

Blog: Your big moment in the ADCC was in 2003, when you won the over 99kg division and took fourth in the Absolute. Do you miss that year?
Pe de Pano: Truth is, I don’t miss 2003. I think I could have won the absolute and lost on a trifle.

Campeão em 2003. Foto: Lia Caldas

Champion in 2003. Photo: Lia Caldas

Blog: In 2005 and 2007 things didn’t go the way you’d hoped. What happened?
Pe de Pano: Those two years I had problems training, which didn’t happen this time. I’m well trained and really confident.

Blog: Why did you decide to compete at under 99kg? Won’t you have to lose a lot of weight?
Pe de Pano: Truth be told, no. My last MMA fight was under 100kg and now I intend to fight at under 93kg. In the ADCC I think the under 99kg is more competitive. Beyond that, I want to be champion of a different category from the one I won in 2003.

Blog: O Xande Ribeiro é o cara a ser batido no seu peso? Pé de Pano: Quando entro num campeonato, não penso em um nome apenas, mas com certeza ele tem que ser respeitado por ser o atual campeão e por sua história no esporte.

Injury and tears in 2005. Photo: Guilherme Rafols

Blog: Is Xande Ribeiro the man to beat at that weight?
Pe de Pano: When I go into a championship I don’t just think of one name, but he surely needs to be respected for being the current champion and for his past in the sport.

Blog: What’s a better sensation, to win the absolute in the Jiu-Jitsu world championship or to be champion of the ADCC, which pays thousands of dollars in prize money?
Pe de Pano: The Worlds is harder because it’s an open championship, while the ADCC leaves out a lot of good guys. Beyond that, the absolute at the Worlds has a little something else. It’s surely more pleasurable to win the Worlds.

Foto: Gustavo Aragão

Photo: Gustavo Aragão

Blog: What was your greatest moment in the ADCC? Is there asubmission or move you did that stands out in your mind to this day?
Pe de Pano: There were a lot of moments, but I remember most the third place I took in 2001, in the over 99kg category. In the bronze-medal dispute I sunk a sweet triangle on Ricco Rodriguez (photo above).

Blog: To finish, of the athletes you’ve seen compete, who do you consider the best in ADCC history?
Pe de Pano: Of those I’ve seen, Roger Gracie and Marcelo Garcia.

What about you, do you feel Pe de Pano is one of the favorites to take the under 99kg title? Leave your comment.

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Spot-on chokes, clinical armbars, sure-fire guards, acrobatic takedowns and sharp tongues. Beyond their infallible holds, the monsters of the ADCC filled the seven installments of the event with timeless phrases. Among the most inspired are Renzo Gracie, Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz, Nino Schembri and Saulo Ribeiro.
The seven issues GRACIEMAG dedicated to the ADCC gathered each of these magisterial tirades from the aces of the grappling art. In a variety of different languages, our reporters registered these phrases and the Blog brings back the best of them.

Spot-on chokes, clinical armbars, sure-fire guards, acrobatic takedowns and sharp tongues. Beyond their infallible holds, the monsters of the ADCC filled the seven installments of the event with timeless phrases. Among the most inspired are Renzo Gracie, Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz, Nino Schembri and Saulo Ribeiro.

The seven issues GRACIEMAG dedicated to the ADCC gathered each of these magisterial tirades from the aces of the grappling art. In a variety of different languages, our reporters registered these phrases and the Blog brings back the best of them.

Foto: Luca Atalla

Photo: Luca Atalla

“I gave him a brotherly hug. We hadn’t seen each other in a long time, so I didn’t let go of him. I missed him” Renzo Gracie, explaining the tactic he used to beat cousin Jean-Jacques Machado in the under 77kg final, in 2000.

“Hey, truck my sheakrra!” – Fredson Paixao, in 2001, asking, in “English”, the waitress of the hotel to give him a different coffee cup at breakfast.

“It’s about making the guy pant!” – Jose Mario Sperry, explaining to Ricardo Arona the strategy to beat Mark Kerr in the 2003 supermatch.

“I haven’t put on a gi in a long time. I don’t think there is one that will fit me” – Jeff Monson, two-time ADCC champion, in 2005, giving his version of why he does better in submission grappling.

Foto: Guilherme Rafols

Photo: Guilherme Rafols

“How are you going to go about stopping him? With a gun?” spectator impressed with the performance of Marcelo Garcia in 2007, when he submitted seven of his eight opponents.

Foto: Guilherme Rafols

Photo: Guilherme Rafols

“If I swept a 90kg guy, Marcio [Feitosa] I’ll put on my shoulder and throw” – Saulo Ribeiro, provoking his friend in 2000.

“I left my two matches on a stretcher. That’s alright, the worst part is that they filled me with injections and I scared to death of that!” – Fernando Terere revealing the drama that went on in 2003, when he disputed the 77kg division with a broken rib.

“Besides being strong, he’s so long it’s like he has one leg in the USA and the other in Brazil” – Rickson Gracie in praise of 2005’s under 99kg and absolute champion, Roger Gracie.

Foto: Guilherme Rafols

Photo: Guilherme Rafols

“I don’t like facing them. These skinny guys have legs all over the place” Alexandre Cacareco in 2007, after losing to Marcelo Garcia in the absolute.

“If he’d managed to catch me at that moment, he’d have hurt me” – Leo Vieira explaining how nervous giant Mark Kerr got after their historic match in the 2000 absolute.

Foto: Luca Atalla

Photo: Luca Atalla

“The announcer was saying my adversary was champion in karate from I don’t know where, champion in full contact from I don’t know where, etc. Truth is he didn’t even know how to bridge” – Marcio Feitosa (photo) on the (lack of) skills of his first opponent on his way to 2001’s under 77kg title.

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It’s hard to deny that Brazilians make up the greater part of the history of the ADCC. Brazil has by far the greatest number of titles (41*) and nearly all of the event’s legends are Brazilian.

Kerr aperta o pescoço de Zé Mário na superluta de 2001. Foto: Gustavo Aragão

Kerr asqueezes on Zé Mário's neck in the 2001 supermatch. Photo: Gustavo Aragão

However, recognition must be paid where recognition is due to the non-Brazilians who have shone in the seven installments of the ADCC. We will rank the first five and remember the achievements of each of them.
1st place – Mark Kerr – Kerr is twice champion of the over 98kg category, in 1999 and 2000. He also won the absolute in 2000. In 2001 he managed to dethrone phenomenon Jose Mario Sperry in the supermatch. Mark bid farewell to the ADCC in 2003, after losing to Ricardo Arona in the supermatch. Beyond his titles, he also played a part in the historic first match of the 2001 absolute category, when he defeated the 40kg-lighter Leo Vieira.
2nd place – Jeff Monson (USA) – In the early days he was known as Jeff Monson. He participated in the ADCC ever since 1999 (with an absence in 2007) and is signed up for this year’s installment, in the over 99kg category in 2005. Beyond that, he was under 99kg runner-up in 2000 and 2001. And, of course, no one can forget how he left the Ibirapuera gymnasium naked, in 2003, when he felt he was shortchanged by the referees after losing to Saulo Ribeiro in the absolute.
3rd place – Dean Lister (USA) – He came out of no where to replace Jon Olav Einemo’s place in the absolute of 2003 and surprised everyone by beating Pe de Pano, Saulo Ribeiro and Alexandre Cacareco to become champion. Two years later, he was in the supermatch against Jean Jacques Machado and drubbed by 8 to 0 the Brazilian, who is to this day considered one of the most technical players to ever set foot on the ADCC mat. The world awaited anxiously to watch Lister face Roger Gracie two years later in the ADCC supermatch, but the American was unable to make it.
4th place – Ricco Rodriguez (USA) – Of the seven installments, he only didn’t participate in 2003 and 2007. he was champion of the over 99kg division in 1998, beating Sean Alvarez in the final. Beyond that, he took third in the absolute in 1999 and was runner-up in the over 99kg in 2000. To close, he took part in the best match of ADCC 2005, against Marcelo Garcia, in the absolute.
5th place – Jon Olav Einemo (Norway), Mark Robinson (South Africa), Sanae Kikuta (Japan), Kareem Barchlov (Russia) – the quartet completes the list of non-Brazilians to have won the main divisions of the ADCC.
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*We count supermatches too

However, recognition must be paid where recognition is due to the non-Brazilians who have shone in the seven installments of the ADCC. We will rank the first five and remember the achievements of each of them.

1st place – Mark Kerr – Kerr is twice champion of the over 98kg category, in 1999 and 2000. He also won the absolute in 2000. In 2001 he managed to dethrone phenomenon Jose Mario Sperry in the supermatch. Mark bid farewell to the ADCC in 2003, after losing to Ricardo Arona in the supermatch. Beyond his titles, he also played a part in the historic first match of the 2001 absolute category, when he defeated the 40kg-lighter Leo Vieira.

2nd place – Jeff Monson (USA) – In the early days he was known as Jeff Monson. He participated in the ADCC ever since 1999 (with an absence in 2007) and is signed up for this year’s installment, in the over 99kg category in 2005. Beyond that, he was under 99kg runner-up in 2000 and 2001. And, of course, no one can forget how he left the Ibirapuera gymnasium naked, in 2003, when he felt he was shortchanged by the referees after losing to Saulo Ribeiro in the absolute.

3rd place – Dean Lister (USA) – He came out of no where to replace Jon Olav Einemo’s place in the absolute of 2003 and surprised everyone by beating Pe de Pano, Saulo Ribeiro and Alexandre Cacareco to become champion. Two years later, he was in the supermatch against Jean Jacques Machado and drubbed by 8 to 0 the Brazilian, who is to this day considered one of the most technical players to ever set foot on the ADCC mat. The world awaited anxiously to watch Lister face Roger Gracie two years later in the ADCC supermatch, but the American was unable to make it.

4th place – Ricco Rodriguez (USA) – Of the seven installments, he only didn’t participate in 2003 and 2007. he was champion of the over 99kg division in 1998, beating Sean Alvarez in the final. Beyond that, he took third in the absolute in 1999 and was runner-up in the over 99kg in 2000. To close, he took part in the best match of ADCC 2005, against Marcelo Garcia, in the absolute.

5th place – Jon Olav Einemo (Norway), Mark Robinson (South Africa), Sanae Kikuta (Japan), Kareem Barchlov (Russia) – the quartet completes the list of non-Brazilians to have won the main divisions of the ADCC.

Do you agree with our list? Add your comment.

*We count supermatches too

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Beast from the BTT Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares will not be disputing the under 88kg category at ADCC 2009. Team leader Murilo Bustamante spoke of the decision to the Blog and announced it to the event’s organizers some weeks ago.
Toquinho is recovering from surgery to his tibia, which he fractured in training during the month of May, while the Brazilian prepared to face Alessio Sakara in the UFC.

Beast from the BTT Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares will not be disputing the under 88kg category at ADCC 2009. Team leader Murilo Bustamante spoke of the decision to the Blog and announced it to the event’s organizers some weeks ago.

Toquinho is recovering from surgery to his tibia, which he fractured in training during the month of May, while the Brazilian prepared to face Alessio Sakara in the UFC.

Contusão tira Toquinho do ADCC. Foto: Ivan Trindade

Injury keeps Toquinho out of ADCC. Photo: Ivan Trindade

Toquinho has a fight scheduled at the UFC in December and the doctor following his case has not yet released the Brazilian to train hard yet. “He would show up improperly trained and would further run the risk of injuring himself again. That is why we decided he should not dispute the ADCC,” reported Murilo.

In Toquinho’s place the organization today announced American James Brasco will enter. The category is now complete with 16 participants.

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It is September 12. There are 14 days to go till ADCC 2009. In Rio de Janeiro, Leonardo Vieira is at the Brazilian Team Nationals leading Checkmat, the team he put together two years ago with brother Ricardo, when both left Brasa.
The two-time under 66kg champion spent the last week training in Rio de Janeiro, but returns to Sao Paulo for the final week of training before the trip. In between his students’ disputes, Leo had the following chat with GRACIEMAG.com ADCC 2009 blog.

It is September 12. There are 14 days to go till ADCC 2009. In Rio de Janeiro, Leonardo Vieira is at the Brazilian Team Nationals leading Checkmat, the team he put together two years ago with brother Ricardo, when both left Brasa.

The two-time under 66kg champion spent the last week training in Rio de Janeiro, but returns to Sao Paulo for the final week of training before the trip. In between his students’ disputes, Leo had the following chat with GRACIEMAG.com ADCC 2009 blog.

Blog: How has your preparation for the ADCC 2009 been going?
Leo Vieira: I’m training with my students in Sao Paulo and spent this week in Rio, training with my brother. Today I turn 33, my time is divided between my kids, leading the team and training, but I have a phenomenal team that supports me all the way.

Blog: Your toughest adversaries in the category have been competing all the time while you haven’t competed since 2007. Do you feel that will hinder you?
Leo: I’m an athlete and I manage to compete well even if I’m not coming off a series of competitions. I’ve been through that before.

Leozinho em ação em 2007. Foto: Luca Atalla

Leo in action in 2007. Photo: Luca Atalla

Blog: Still on the topic of your opponents, the under 66kg category unites such names as Rani Yahya, Cobrinha, Rafael Mendes, among others. Have you been practicing specific strategies for each of them?
Leo: My strategy against all adversaries is to feel comfortable in the match. I see each adversary as being 15 opportunities for defeat. I think the category will be just as tough as the other ones.

Blog: In 2007 you lost in the final to Rani Yahya, after having beat him in 2005. Will this year be the tie-breaker?
Leo: My loss to Rani caused me to reassess my reasons for competing. In 2007, I was lagging in the ADCC. I lagged in my first matches, won, but when I made it to the final I couldn’t manage to win. The problem was all about motivation. When I started Jiu-Jitsu, my motivation was to move up in belts to get to black. When I made it there, my motivation was to become world champion, which I managed to do too. When I made it to ADCC 2007 I couldn’t see any motivation for being there. That’s why I ate wrong, trained wrong and fought wrong. The loss made me see how I didn’t have to fight just for me, but for my team, for those who follow me, to leave a legacy.

O duelo com Rani. Foto: Guilherme Rafols

The match with Rani. Photo: Guilherme Rafols

Blog: Looking back, what was your greatest moment in the ADCC? The one you hold dearest to you?
Leo: A lot of folks only think of wins, but to me my greatest moment was my match with Mark Kerr, in 2000. I like to talk about that match, if just to remind people how it went. A lot of people think it was a supermatch, or the final of the absolute. Truth is, it was the first match of the absolute that year. To me, that match marked the way I fight. I lost, but only by a penalty point, because they said I backed away.

Blog: You’ve been disputing the ADCC since 2000. Who was the athlete to impress you most all these years?
Leo: The one to most impress me was Marcelo Garcia. He left the tryouts he lost in 2003 to submit everyone and maintain the title to this day.

What about you? Do you feel Leo can take a third ADCC title? Leave your comment.

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Andre Galvao has dedicated the last 12 months of his life to MMA. Since August 2008 he’s had four fights, winning three by submission and suffering one split (and controversial) decision loss, at Dream. Now the two-time Jiu-Jitsu world champion (2005, 2008) and runner-up (2006 and 2007) is back in the grappling game.

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His win over Cacareco

The Fernando Terere and Eduardo Telles pupil, who once figured in two-time ADCC champion Leo Vieira’s team, is one of those favored to win the under 88kg category. The category has no owner, as 2007’s champion Demian Maia will not take part.
Direct from Rio de Janeiro, where he trains with beasts of the caliber of Anderson Silva and Rodrigo Minotauro, Galvao spoke with the GRACIEMAG.com at the ADCC Blog, and had the following to say:
Blog: How is your final stage of training for the ADCC going?
Galvao: I’m doing explosiveness training without the gi. I’ve been training without the gi for some time now. I haven’t been putting on the gi every day since I started fighting MMA.
Blog: To you is the ADCC closer to being MMA than Jiu-Jitsu?
Galvao: No, no. It’s certainly closer to Jiu-Jitsu. But even so I feel it’s much different from competing in the gi. Besides that, the opponents are different.
Blog: In 2007 you competed in the under 77kg category, but this year you moved up to 88kg. Who will be your main adversaries? Would you risk pointing out a favorite?
Galvao: I can’t leave out Braulio Estima, Rousimar Touquinho, Rafael Lovato Jr. or Tarsis Humphreys. Those guys are big-time tough with enormous submission grappling experience. As for a favorite, that all depends on what happens that day. There is no favourite.

The Fernando Terere and Eduardo Telles pupil, who once figured in two-time ADCC champion Leo Vieira’s team, is one of those favored to win the under 88kg category. The category has no owner, as 2007’s champion Demian Maia will not take part.

Direct from Rio de Janeiro, where he trains with beasts of the caliber of Anderson Silva and Rodrigo Minotauro, Galvao spoke with the GRACIEMAG.com at the ADCC Blog, and had the following to say:

Blog: How is your final stage of training for the ADCC going?
Galvao: I’m doing explosiveness training without the gi. I’ve been training without the gi for some time now. I haven’t been putting on the gi every day since I started fighting MMA.

Blog: To you is the ADCC closer to being MMA than Jiu-Jitsu?
Galvao: No, no. It’s certainly closer to Jiu-Jitsu. But even so I feel it’s much different from competing in the gi. Besides that, the opponents are different.

Blog: In 2007 you competed in the under 77kg category, but this year you moved up to 88kg. Who will be your main adversaries? Would you risk pointing out a favorite?
Galvao: I can’t leave out Braulio Estima, Rousimar Touquinho, Rafael Lovato Jr. or Tarsis Humphreys. Those guys are big-time tough with enormous submission grappling experience. As for a favorite, that all depends on what happens that day. There is no favourite.

Galvao vs Yoshida, ADCC 2007 absolute

Blog: You didn’t compete at the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship but are returning to the ADCC. Why this preference?
Galvao: I didn’t compete at the Worlds because I was training a lot without the gi for MMA. As for the ADCC, it’s a really good tournament. The recognition you receive is much greater than at the Jiu-Jitsu Worlds, mainly in the realm I am in, which is MMA. And there are also the money prizes, which help a lot. But I love Jiu-Jitsu and am dying to compete at a Worlds.

Blog: Looking back, what would you consider to be your greatest moment in the ADCC?
Galvao: Ah, for sure my matches with Cacareco, in the absolute third-place dispute in 2007, and with Mike Fowler, in the under 77kg third-place dispute. Those were great moments.

Arrochando Fowler

Arrochando Fowler

Blog: Can you recall any mistake you made in 2007 that you hope not to make this year?
Galvao: In the under 77kg semifinal I was ahead on the scorecards against Pablo Popovitch and decided to open up to do something more. There was a minute left in the match and I ended up getting surprised by him.

Blog: To you, who is the best of all in the ADCC?
Galvao: Roger Gracie. I remember in 2005 he finished everybory.

And what about you? Who is favored to win the under 88kg category? Leave your comment.

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The ADCC committee has just announced that Ronaldo Jacare will replace injured Roger Gracie in the superfight of ADCC 2009 against Robert Drysdale.

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Robert Drysdale doesn’t pretend to hide his frustration. The absolute champion of the ADCC 2007 was in his final stages of training for the supermatch in this year’s edition when he was surprised by the news his adversary would be unable to compete.
“At first, I was saddened. After all, I’ve trained for two years to face him. I’m sure Roger is very sad too. I hope he recovers soon and we’ll surely have another opportunity to face each other.”
Part of his disappointment came from his certainty that the supermatch at ADCC 2009 would have a different outcome from the times he’s faced Roger in the gi, when the Gracie came out the victor.
“I always thought I’d do better against him without the gi and I was training really well for that. I always want to face the best,” Robert sums up.

Robert Drysdale makes no secret of his frustration. The absolute champion of the ADCC 2007 was in his final stages of training for the supermatch in this year’s edition when he was surprised by the news his adversary would be unable to compete.

“At first I was saddened. After all, I’ve trained for two years to face him. I’m sure Roger is very sad too. I hope he recovers soon and we’ll surely have another opportunity to face each other.”

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Part of his disappointment stems from his certainty that the supermatch at ADCC 2009 would have a different outcome from the times he’s faced Roger in the gi, when the Gracie came out the victor.

“I always thought I’d do better against him without the gi and I was training really well for that. I always want to face the best,” Robert sums up.

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Now life goes on. Drysdale carries on training hard and teaching in Las Vegas, where he has just set up his own academy. But does Drysdale have any suggestions for who should replace Roger as his opponent?

“I’ve heard talk Fedor may compete, so I told them Fedor would be interesting. But now I think it’s not going to happen. So now I’m training and I’ll face whoever they put in there,” said Drysdale in finishing.

And if you could choose who will face Drysdale, who would it be? Please comment.

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Roger Gracie conceded to GRACIEMAG.com’s Gabriel Menezes his first interview since we broke news that he is out of the ADCC 2009.

He comments on the wave of injuries that kept him from taking part in the event, and predicts how the match that will no longer take place would go. Check it out here.

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