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The ADCC committee just released the brackets for the event to get underway tomorrow.

The ADCC committee just released the brackets for the event to kick off tomorrow.
In the under 65 kg division we may see current champion Rany Yahya face the talented Jeff Glover in the second match.
The other finalist from 2007, Leo Vieira, is in the other bracket, with Rafael Mendes and Jeff Curran, among others.
Cobrinha is in the same bracket as Rani, but would only meet him in an eventual semifinal.

In the under 65 kg division we may see current champion Rany Yahya face the talented Jeff Glover in the second match.

The other finalist from 2007, Leo Vieira, is in the other bracket, with Rafael Mendes and Jeff Curran, among others.

Cobrinha is in the same bracket as Rani, but would only meet him in an eventual semifinal.

Marcelo Garcia na segunda luta de 2007, contra Kurt Pellegrino. Dessa vez ele pode ter Kron Gracie como seu adversário na mesma fase. Foto de Luca Atalla

Marcelo Garcia in his second match in 2007 against Kurt Pellegrino. This time he may phase Kron Gracie at the same stage. Photo de Luca Atalla

Marcelo Garcia vs Kron Gracie in the second under 76kg match? That’s what we may see, should both make it out of their first engagement. Pablo Popovitch is at the other end of the bracket.

There’s a lot of beasts in one place, it’s hard to predict, but expect Tarsis Humphreys versus Andre Galvao in the under 88kg semifinals. At the other end, finalist in 2007 in the division above Braulio Estima has face some monsters, among them Iceland’s Gunnar Nelson and Rafael Lovato Jr to make it to the final.

Current under 99kg champion Xande Ribeiro may have a classic match-up against Marcio Pe de Pano in the semifinals. While 2003’s absolute champion Dean Lister has on his end the winner of the Brazilian trials (Glover Teixeira) and the American East Coast tryouts winner (Gerard Rinardi).

Among the heaviest, Fabricio Werdum comes in as favorite up until the semifinals, where he may cross paths with the much lighter Saulo Ribeiro and Romulo Barral, should they make it past their respective giants in the first two matches.

Jeff Monson is at the other end, and may try and repeat his feat from ADCC 2001, when he swept Tom Erikson. Cyborg faces East Coast trials winner Tom Blass in the opener.

The female division the level is very evenly matched. Let’s  see whether young Luana Alzuguir lives up to the expectations since winning the Jiu-Jitsu world title this year by making it to the final, but will have to contend with the winner of the South American trials, Ana Michelle Tavares, should they meet in the semifinal. Among the heaviest, Favorites Hanette Staack and Lana Stephanac may face off in the semifinal.

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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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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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