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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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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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