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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.

Can you recall any other memorable phrase? 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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