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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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Nine days from the start of the competition in Barcelona, nearly all the categories are filled. At the moment, only the under-99kg division awaits its last three names.
The list of stars to shine in Spain is immense, with beasts like Robert Drysdale and Ronaldo Jacare; Saulo Ribeiro and Jeff Monson; Alexandre Ribeiro and Márcio Pé de Pano; Tarsis Humphreys, André Galvão and Bráulio Estima; Marcelo Garcia and Kron Gracie; Léo Vieira, Cobrinha and Rani Yahya all set for action.

Nine days from the start of the competition in Barcelona, nearly all the categories are filled. At the moment, only the under-99kg division awaits its last three names.

The list of stars to shine in Spain is immense, with beasts like Robert Drysdale and Ronaldo Jacare; Saulo Ribeiro and Jeff Monson; Alexandre Ribeiro and Márcio Pé de Pano; Tarsis Humphreys, André Galvão and Braulio Estima; Marcelo Garcia and Kron Gracie; Leo Vieira, Cobrinha and Rani Yahya all set for action.

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Roger Graciesurely the greatest absence of the event.

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Gabriel Vella – 2009’s ultraheavweight world champion.

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Antonio Braga Neto – 2008’s super heavyweight world champion
Leonardo Leite – Ultra heavyweight runner up in 2008.

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Alexandre de Souza – world heavyweight world runner-up in 2009, European absolute champion of Jiu-Jitsu in 2008.
Roberto “Tussa” Alencar – world runner-up in 2007, third place at 2008 Worlds.

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Alexandre Cacareco – heavy presence in last ADCCs, just missed several times, including in absolute.

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Ricardo Arona – another one synonymous with the ADCC was confirmed and then canceled.

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Romulo Barral – two-time medium heavyweight world champion 2007/2009. World absolute runner-up in 2007/2009.
Demian Maia – champion in 2007, his UFC obligations keep him from Barcelona.

Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares – a fracture kept the BTT star from Barcelona.

Under 77kg

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Sergio Moraes – middleweight world champion in 2008, middleweight world runner-up in 2009.

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Renzo Gracie – ADCC legend who, should he participate in 2009, would be the only athlete in every edition of the event.

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Lucas Leite – 2007’s middleweight world champion, 2009’s Pan-American world champion, third place at middleweight at 2009 Worlds.
Michael Langhi – Lightweight world champion in 2009
Celsinho Venicius – Lightweight world champion in 2008
Lucas Lepri – Lightweight world champion in 2007
Mike Fowler – Big surprise of 2007, beating Renzo and submitting Saulo.

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Royler Gracie –Three-time ADCC champion who dropped out in 2003, but who is missed to this day. Who could say Royler wouldn’t do well in Barcelona?

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Mario Reis – runner-up in 2007, third in 2008 and 2009 at featherweight.
Bruno Frazatto – third in 2007, runner-up in 2008 and 2009 at featherweight.
Robson Moura – light featherweight world champion in 2007.
Bruno Malfacine – two-time roosterweight champion in 2007 and 2009.

Female

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Juliana Borges – under 60kg and absolute ADCC champion 2005
Leticia Ribeiro – featherweight world champion in 2009, third in 2007 and 2009.
Michelle Nicolini – featherweight world champion in 2007, runner-up in 2009.

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Bianca Barreto – two-time featherweight world champion in 2008, 2009.
Leka Vieira – under 60kg runner-up in 2005.

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Ana Laura Cordeiro – medium heavyweight world champion in 2008.
Gabrielle Garcia – heavyweight world champion in 2008.

Did we forget anyone? Leave your comment.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The under 66kg category of the ADCC was owned by the same guy since 1999. Without false modesty, shortly after taking his third, in 2001, Royler Gracie remarked: “Few have had the pleasure of being Jiu-Jitsu world champion four times in a row, as I have, and now three times in Abu Dhabi. This is unprecedented and unlikely to be matched,” said the Gracie after beating Hawaiian Barret Yoshida for his third.
So, when the ADCC disembarked in the Ibirapuera park, in Sao Paulo, on the 17th and 18th of May, 2003, the general expectation was that the three-time champion would at least make it to the semifinal of the under 66kg. From the way the brackets were set up, there Royler would face the rising star of Leo Vieira, then leader of Master, who would go on to win his first title in the final against Barret Yoshida.

The under 66kg category of the ADCC was owned by the same guy since 1999. Without false modesty, shortly after taking his third, in 2001, Royler Gracie remarked: “Few have had the pleasure of being Jiu-Jitsu world champion four times in a row, as I have, and now three times in Abu Dhabi. This is unprecedented and unlikely to be matched,” said the Gracie after beating Hawaiian Barret Yoshida for his third.

So, when the ADCC disembarked in the Ibirapuera park, in Sao Paulo, on the 17th and 18th of May, 2003, the general expectation was that the three-time champion would at least make it to the semifinal of the under 66kg. From the way the brackets were set up, there Royler would face the rising star of Leo Vieira, then leader of Master, who would go on to win his first title in the final against Barret Yoshida.

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But on the path there was an underdog from California. Who had heard of Eddie Bravo? The American trials winner was losing the match when he managed to replace guard and sink a triangle on the distracted Gracie (photo above): “I don’t know how to explain it. It was really quick, as though I’d disconnected from the match for three seconds. When I came to, I was in a triangle,” Royler tried to explain after having tapped out for the first time in his weight category, with or without the gi. In the follow up, Leo didn’t give Bravo a chance in the semifinal.

Royler still went on to fight again and with an 8 to 0 score over Alexandre “Soca” Carneiro secured third place and his fourth time on the winners’ stand in a row for the Gracie Humaita leader. Eddie Bravo didn’t compete for third, alleging injury, and never again appeared in the ADCC.

The ADCC has seen other underdogs, not quite as unlikely, but underdogs nevertheless.

That very event, in the under 99kg category, Norwegian Jon Olav Einemo is to this day responsible for Roger Gracie’s lone loss in the ADCC (photo below). Then 21 years old, the current two-time absolute world champion was sincere in explaining his defeat: “Truth is, I underestimated the guy. I went in slow, to let him exert force and push the pace, but, when I realized what was going on, he was on my back.

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Going back in time, in 1999, in Abu Dhabi, the underdog had his way in the under 88kg of the second installment of the ADCC. In the division considered the most evenly matched, a pair of Russians managed to made it through to the final in the presence of Renzo Gracie, Ricardo Libório, Fábio Gurgel and Amaury Bitetti. Kareem Barchlov (in the photo below throwing Liborio) and Alexander Savko decided the title, with Kareem, who curiously had Savko in his corner throughout the competition, taking gold.

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In another leap in time, we arrive at 2007, when the ADCC touched down in New Jersey. Last event, it was Saulo Ribeiro who was surprised by an underdog (photo below on the right). Right in his second match in the under 77kg category, the two-time champion (2000 and 2003) was submitted by Mike Fowler, who earlier beat Renzo Gracie (photo below on left), another two-time champion (1998 and 2000). The Lloyd Irvin student, famous for his leopard spotted hair, took fourth after losing to Marcelo Garcia and Andre Galvao, in the third-place decider.

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Rounding out the list of underdogs, we return to 2003. In Ibirapuera Park, only the absolute dispute remains. Signed up are Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz, Saulo Ribeiro, Marcelo Garcia (who had just run rampant in the under 77kg) and Jeff Monson, just to name the most famous. A little while on, we are at the final and untrue to expectations, the finalists are Alexandre Cacareco and Dean Lister, with the latter a true underdog. Firstly, Lister wasn’t even going to participate and only entered because Jon Olav dropped out. On his way to the final, the American went past Nathan Marquardt and ran into Saulo Ribeiro (photo below). Lister ended up beating the two-time champion with a kneebar in overtime.

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The opponent in the semifinal was over-99kg champion Pe de Pano, a firm favorite. Lister held out against a choke from his back for five minutes to win in overtime. On Pe de Pano’s choke hold, Dean was nonchalant: “I’ve spent over 100 hours in triangles.” In the final, a quick ankle lock on Cacareco guaranteed him first place..

Can you think of any other ADCC underdogs? If so, please comment.

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Meet the stars

With less than two weeks to go till ADCC Barcelona 2009, we took roll to find out who will be sweating up the mats of the Badalona Municipal Sports Pavilion.
Of course there will be last-minute changes and you will be able to keep up with all the flip-flops in names till the first exchange of grips right here. The organization promises 16 athletes for each male category. Now the female division will have eight per category.
Of 2007’s champions, only Demian Maia (under 88kg) and Roger Gracie will be out of this year’s event. Find out who is in as of now, category by category.

With less than two weeks to go till ADCC Barcelona 2009, we took roll to find out who will be sweating up the mats of the Badalona Municipal Sports Pavilion.

Of course there will be last-minute changes and you will be able to keep up with all the flip-flops in names till the first exchange of grips right here. The organization promises 16 athletes for each male category. Now the female division will have eight per category.

Of 2007’s champions, only Demian Maia (under 88kg) and Roger Gracie will be out of this year’s event. Find out who is in as of now, category by category.

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Robert Drysdale (absolute champion of  2007) vs Ronaldo Jacaré (2005 absolute runner-up)

Men

Over 99kg

1. Jeff Monson (USA)
2. Tom Erikson (USA)
3. Jon Olav Einemo (Norway)
4. Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu (Brazil)
5. Rogent Lloret (Spain)
6. Saulo Ribeiro (Brazil)

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7. Fabricio Werdum (Brazil) –  ADCC champion
8. Denis Roberts (Australia) – Pacific trials winner
9. Asa Fuller (USA) – North American East Coast trials winner
10. Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen (Finland) – European trials winner
11. Tomasz Janiszewski (Poland) – European trials winner
12. Antoine Jaoude (Brazil) – South American trials winner
13. Kouji Kanechika (Japan) – Asian trials winner
14. Tom De Blass (USA) –North American West Coast trials winner
15. Gabriel Gonzaga (Brazil)
16. Karol Bedorf (Poland)

Under 99kg

1. Renato “Babalu” Sobral (Brazil)
2. Vesa Vuori (Finland)
3. Vinícius “Pezão” Magalhães (Brazil)
4. Dean Lister (USA)

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5. Alexandre Ribeiro (Brazil) – ADCC champion
6. Anthony Perosh (Australia) – Pacific trials winner
7. Rafael Davies (USA) –American East Coast trials winner
8. Andreas Olsen (Norway) – European champion
9. Radek Turek (Poland) – European trials winner
10. Glover Teixeira (Brazil) – South American trials winner
11. Yukiya Naito (Japan) – Asian trials winner
12. Gerard Rinaldi (USA) –North American West Coast trials winner
13. Márcio “Pé de Pano” Cruz (Brazil)

Under 88kg

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1.Tarsis Humphreys (Brazil)
2. Kazuhiro Nakamura (Japan) – Asian trials winner
3. André Galvão (Brazil) – South American trials winner
4. Kassim Annan (France) – European trials winner
5. Trond Saksenvik (Norway) – European champion
6. Jason Selva (USA) – North American East Coast trials winner
7. Igor Praporshchikov (Australia) – Pacific trials winner
8. Chris Weidman (USA) –North American West Coast trials winner
9. Gunnar Nelson (Iceland)
10. Rafael Lovato Jr. (USA)
11. Daniel Tabera (Spain)
12. Bráulio Estima (Brazil)
13. Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares (Brazil)
14. Bruno Bastos (Brazil)
15. Jorge Santiago (Brazil)
16. Tom Lawler (USA)

Under 77kg

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1. Marcelo Garcia (Brazil) –  ADCC champion
2. K-taro Nakamura (Japão) – Asian trials winner
3. Murilo Santana (Brazil) – South American trials winner
4. Marcelo “Uirapuru” Azevedo (Brazil) – European trials winner
5. Toni Linden (Finlândia) – European champion
6. Don Ortega (EUA) – North American East Coast trials winner
7. Rodney Ellis (Austrália) – Pacific trials winner
8. Enrico Cocco (USA) – North American West Coast trials winner
9. Kron Gracie (Brazil)
10. Pablo Popovitch (Brazil)
11. Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida (Japan)
12. Milton Vieira (Brazil)
13.Bill Cooper (USA)
14.Ben Askren (USA)
15. Gregor Gracie (Brazil)
16. Leonardo Santos (Brazil)

Under 66kg

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1. Rani Yahya (Brazil) –  ADCC champion
2. Kouhei Yasumi (Japan) – Asian trials winner
3. Rafael Mendes (Brazil) – South American trials winner
4. Nicolas Renier (France) – European trials winner
5. Timo-Juhani Hirvikangas (Finland) – European champion
6. Ryan Hall (EUA) –North American East Coast trials
7. David Marinakis (Austrália) – Oceania trials
8. Jayson Patino (USA) – North American West Coast trials
9. Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles (Brazil)
10. Leo Vieira (Brazil)
11. Baret Yoshida (USA)
12. Jeff Glover (USA)
13.Hiroshi “Iron” Nakamura (Japan)
14.Justin Rader (USA)
15.Jeff Curran (USA)
16.Urijah Faber (USA)

Women

Under 60kg

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1. Kyra Gracie (Brazil) –  ADCC champion
2. Sayaka Shioda (Japan) –  ADCC champion
3. Megumi Fujii (Japan) – Asia pacific trials winner
4. Michelle Tavares (Brazil) – South American trials winner
5. Laurence Cousin (France) – European trials winner
6. Ina Steffensen (Denmark) – European champion
7. Hillary Williams (USA) – North American trials winner
8.Luanna Alzuguir (Brazil)

Over 60kg

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1. Hannette Staack (Brazil) –  ADCC champion
2. Penny Thomas (USA) – ADCC champion
3. Hitomi Hiraiwa (Japan– Asian Pacific trials winner)
4. Rosângela Conceição (Brazil) – South American trials winner
5. Ida Hansson (Sweden) – European champion
6. Shanti Abelha (Denmark) – campeã européia
7. Lana Stephanac (USA) – seletiva norte-americana
8. Cris Cyborg (Brazil)

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Do you know that Minotauro competed at the ADCC? What about Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort or Matt Hughes? Do you remember?

Ever since 1998, the ADCC and its big-money prizes have drawn in a slew of different grappling styles styles, nationalities from the world over and athletes representing all the world’s major fighting events.

Some names have become synonymous with the competition, like Renzo (seven appearances), Saulo Ribeiro, Leo Vieira (six) and Ze Mario Sperry.

Many, though, participated in one or two editions and went on to shine in other fields, MMA for instance. We drew from memory a list of these characters who in but one chapter of the extensive soap opera of the ADCC. If you feel some of the champions are missing, don’t worry, they will have a post all to themselves.

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Rodrigo Gracie – He won the under 88kg category in 1998. The next year, a knee injury kept him from defending his title. He returned in 2000 and took fourth in the under 77kg division.

Robin Gracie – The current leader of Gracie Barcelona did just fine in 1998, when he took silver in the under 66kg category. He returned in 1999, in the under 77kg, and fell out in the quarterfinals.

Rodrigo Medeiros – The black belt Carlson Gracie disciple made his appearance in 1998, in the under 77kg category. He lost to Renzo Gracie in the quarterfinals.

Carlos Newton – The Canadian Ronin, who after shining in Pride, competed in 1998, in the under 88kg category. He lost in his second match to eventual champion Rodrigo Gracie.

Oleg Taktarov – A star for the early days of the UFC, the Russian showed up in the ADCC in 1998. He started out well, but dropped out in the under 99kg category semifinal, when he was squashed by American Beau Hershberger. In the absolute, he lost in his first against Ze Mario.

Ahmed Farag – The Egyptian maintains to this day the distinction of being the only Middle Easterner to make it to the winners’ stand in the ADCC. Third place in the under 88kg division in 1998 guaranteed him the honor.

Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes – The Brazilian black belt who now teaches in Texas tried his luck in 1999. He fell out in his second match in the under 66kg category, against training partner Alexandre “Soca” Carneiro, who would go on to be runner-up.

Andre Pederneiras – The leader of Nova Uniao competed in the under 77kg category, in 1999. He lost his first match, for taking a throw from Hayato Sakurai, who went on to take bronze.

Fabio Gurgel – The general of Alliance didn’t have much luck in the ADCC. In his first match in the under 88kg category, in 1999, he put Nobuhiro Tsurmaki to sleep, but in his second he lost by a throw to Russian runner-up Alexander Savko.

Luis Orlando – 1998’s under 77kg silver medalist Luiz Orlando returned in 1999, when he fell out in his second match to teammate Ricardo Liborio. He did compete in the absolute, but was overcome in his first match.

Joao Roque – Along with Royler Gracie, he earned the title of best match of ADCC 1999. He lost, but made history.

Murilo Bustamante – The leader of the BTT tried his luck in the ADCC in 1999 and 2000. He had three matches in the under 99kg category. He was eliminated by Saulo Ribeiro in a riveting match. In the absolute, he lost to Ricco Rodriguez in the quarterfinals. One year later, Murilo was overcome by Mike Van Arsdale after 15 minutes of combat.

Carlao Barreto – Yet another Carlson Gracie student to appear in the ADCC, Carlao came up against the boogeyman in Mark Kerr in the over 99kg category in 1999, and dropped out of the running. One year later the one to beat him was Ricco Rodriguez, who in a controversial match overcame the Brazilian.

Wellington Dias – Megaton only had one match in the ADCC. IN 1999, he faced Hawaiian Barret Yoshida right of the bat and tapped to a flying armbar.

Alexandre “Pequeno” Nogueira – The “King of Shooto” appeared in the ADCC in 2000, in the under 66kg category. After winning his first, he lost in the semifinal to Joel Gilbert.

Marcio “Cromado” Barbosa – the leader of RFT team had but one bout at ADCC 2000 and was unlucky to come up against under 77kg runner-up Jean Jacques Machado, who finished him.

Roberto “Roleta” Magalhaes – The inventor of weird-jitsu had two matches in the under 88kg category in 2000. In the second, he faced runner-up Ricardo Liborio and was only defeated in overtime. He returned for the absolute and lost to Comprido in the opening stage.

Jorge “Macaco” Patino – Macaco, who now teaches in New Jersey, reached the semifinal of the under 88kg category, losing dramatically to Ricardo Liborio, after fracturing his arm.

Antonio Schembri – Elvis had two appearances in the ADCC. In 2000, he lost right away to Kareem Berchlov, in a match considered one of the best of the event. Afterwards, in the absolute he also dropped out in his first against Mike Van Arsdale. One year on, Nino made his mark. After submitting Akehiro Gono, he ran rampant over 1999 and 2000’s finalist Alexandre Savko and caught the Belarusian’s arm within seconds, earning the admiration of the gymnasium. In the semifinal, he succumbed to Saulo Ribeiro, but he had already left his mark.

Matt Hughes – The wrestler who would go on to become one of the greatest idols of the UFC appeared in the under 99kg category at ADCC 2000. He overcame Ricardo Cachorrao, but stopped at his compatriot Jeff Monson.

Tito Ortiz – The “Bad Boy from Huntington Beach” put in a great showing in the under 99kg category in 200. He made it to the semifinal losing only to Ricardo Arona, but securing bronze.

Rodrigo Medeiros – Comprido competed at the ADCC 2000 and lost in his second to Jeff Monson, in the over 99kg category. In the absolute, the same deal but eliminated by Tito Ortiz after beating Roleta.

Josh Barnett – The UFC and Pride star showed up at the ADCC in 2000, in the over 99kg category. Unlucky, he came up against his compatriot Mark Kerr right off the bat. In the absolute, another loss in his first match, this time to Ricardo Cachorrao.

Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira – The most popular athlete in the Brazilian MMA scene went out on a limb at ADCC 2000. Mino was submitted by Ricco Rodriguez by kneebar.

Robson Moura – Robson secured bronze in the under 66kg category at ADCC 2001. He dropped out in the semifinal to three-time champion Royler Gracie, but overcame Alexandre Soca in the bronze-medal dispute.

Fredson Paixao – Another Brazilian to compete in 2001 in the under 66kg category. Paixao, though, was unlucky and fell out in the opening stage against Joey Gilbert.

Matt Serra – The Renzo Gracie student took silver in the under 77kg div in 2001. To make it there he went past Takanori Gomi, Jean Jacques Machado and Leonardo Santos. He was only stopped by Marcio Feitosa.

Takanori Gomi – As aforementioned, the Japanese MMA star had one match at ADCC 2001, losing to Matt Serra.

Vitor Belfort – Vitor ventured into the over 99kg category at ADCC 2001. He had a good debut and a takedown secured a win over Hikori Fakuda. In the next match, though, Belfort was overcome by South African Mark Robinson.

Leonardo Castello Branco – One of the leaders of Brasa, he appeared in the ADCC in 2001. In the heaviest category, Leo lost to Sean Alvarez.

Eddie Bravo – in 2003, Bravo shocked the world of submitting three-time champion Royler Gracie. And stopped there.

Fernando Terere – The star from the Cantagalo favela had two matches in the under 77kg category at ADCC 2003. In his first he defeated Jussi Tammelin, but later lost to Otto Olsen.

Ryan Gracie – the late Ryan, always controversial, had an unforgettable match against under 88kg runner-up Ronaldo Jacare, in 2003.

Matt Lindland – the American was Jacare’s second victim in the under 88kg category of 2003.

Nathan Marquardt – Now at the top of the UFC’s middleweight division after drubbing Demian Maia, he wasn’t quite so successful in 2003 and lost in his first to Comprido in the under 88kg category.

Fernando Pontes – Margarida made it to the second stage of the under 88kg category in 2003, to be eliminated by David Terrel.

Eduardo Telles – The leader of Nine Nine did fine in 2005’s under 99kg division. He submitted Antoine Jaoude with a slick straight kneebar, but left his arm in the hands of Roger Gracie.

Daniel Gracie – Took fourth in the under 99kg category in 2005.

Luiz Theodoro – Big Mac fell out in the opening stage of 2007’s absolute. In the over 99kg category he made it up to the second stage.

Did we forget anyone? Please feel free to comment.

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The ADCC 2009 organization just confirmed another athlete for the under 77kg category. Nova Uniao Jiu-Jitsu black belt Leonardo Santos is the 15th competitor in the division (now just one name is missing to fill out the category).
This will be Leo Santos’ third time participating in the ADCC. In 2001, Santos defeated Leo Vieira to make it to the semifinals. In the semifinal he lost to Matt Serra, who took his back. In the third place dispute he overcame Rodrigo Gracie (photo above).
Four years later, Leo once again made it to the semifinals and had one of his greatest moments in the form of a flying armbar over Georges St. Pierre (photo above). After that, he came up against Marcelo Garcia and dropped out of title contention. In the third place dispute he was finished by a surprising Jake Shields, who choked him from the back.

The ADCC 2009 organization just confirmed another athlete for the under 77kg category. Nova Uniao Jiu-Jitsu black belt Leonardo Santos is the 15th competitor in the division (now just one name is missing to fill out the category).

This will be Leo Santos’ third time participating in the ADCC. In 2001, Santos defeated Leo Vieira to make it to the semifinals. In the semifinal he lost to Matt Serra, who took his back. In the third place dispute he overcame Rodrigo Gracie (photo above).

Four years later, Leo once again made it to the semifinals and had one of his greatest moments in the form of a flying armbar over Georges St. Pierre (photo above). After that, he came up against Marcelo Garcia and dropped out of title contention. In the third place dispute he was finished by a surprising Jake Shields, who choked him from the back.

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