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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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I promised I would be more present in the comments section than posting.

But I had to compromise that to release one important and urgent piece of  information: Roger Gracie dropped out of ADCC 2009.

I’d been following Roger’s struggle to be part of the event for quite a while. He would face current ADCC absolute champion Robert Drysdale in the much anticipated superfight.

The current superfight champion recently came down with the mumps. The disease had complications and went down (if you know what I mean).

He fought against it, and after a couple of weeks of a compulsory rest tried to get back in training anyways, but unfortunately he twisted his knee badly in such a way he won’t be able to heal in time for the event.

“I hope Roger recovers fully,” wishes ADCC committee chairman Guy Neivens, who says they are at this point considering replacements.

Next edition of the ADCC will take place at Barcelona, Spain, on Sept 26 and 27.

Keep checking our blog for more information on this subject.

Roger Gracie been interviewd at 2007 edition. The current superfight champion dropped out due to an injury and won't be able to participate this year.

Roger Gracie being interviewed at 2007 edition. The current superfight champion dropped out due to injuries and won't be able to participate this year.

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