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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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