James Brasco

_jamesbrascoHome: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA
Style: wrestling/brazilian jiu-jitsu
Division: under 87.9 Kg

MMA Record: 5 – 2 – 0

Bjj/Submission fighting record:

2007 World Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt Champion

5 Times N.A.G.A Champion

USA Wrestling Grappling qualifier Champion

Planet Submission Absolute Champion

2nd  Place The “Good Fight” Pro-tournament(Delaware)

2nd in the BUD CUP Absolute Division

James Brasco – Wrestling Instructor and PIAA state runner-up (127-10 HS record). Other highlights of Jimmy’s career includes: Pennsylvania State Freestyle Champion, Cadet National Freestyle Champion, 100+ wins in College (div. 1), 3 times NCAA Eastern Regional Champion, Ranked #6 by Amateur Wrestling News at 167lbs., Olympic Trial Qualifier in FS, AAU Grand National Champion(freestyle, folk style), 5 times N.A.G.A Champion, Atlantic Cup Champion and USA Trials Grappling Competitor.

“I have always had an interest in styles versus styles type fights. I always felt the wrestler had the advantage due to our toughness and strength. I started doing BJJ to see what it was about. It was interesting to learn grappling from a different perspective. So I would enter tournaments when I lived In Pennsylvania and would do really well. Actually, my first grappling tournament was the Arnold Worlds in 2001. I entered the pro division and didn’t even know what a triangle was. I won my first match against some tough judo guy from Orlando, then I was winning against this brown belt and with a minute left he put me in a triangle. I went to pick him up to slam him and the referee told me not to slam him and I had to tap. I was sooo mad [laughs]. source : www.bloodyelbow.com


  • 2007 World Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt Champion
  • 5 Times N.A.G.A Champion
  • USA Wrestling Grappling qualifier Champion
  • Planet Submission Absolute Champion
  • 2nd  Place The “Good Fight” Pro-tournament(Delaware)
  • 2nd in the BUD CUP Absolute Division

Jorge Santiago

Jorge SantiagoBorn in 1980
Home: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Style: brazilian jiu-jitsu
Team: American Top Team
Division: under 87.9 Kg

MMA record: 22 – 7 – 0 (60% wins by submission)

Jorge Santiago

Jorge Santiago

Jorge Santiago is a brazilian mixed martial arts fighter from American Top Team, based in Coconut Creek – Florida. He is the current Sengoku middleweight champion. Santiago holds notables wins over Jeremy Horn, Trevor Prangley, and Kazuo Misaki. Currently on a nine fight winning streak, he is ranked #7 in the world at middleweight according to Sherdog.com’s rankings.

Tom Lawlor

tom lawlorNickname: Filthy
Born in 1982
Home: Florida, USA
Style: Wrestling
Team: The Jungle MMA
Division: under 87.9 Kg

Wrestling record:
3x National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Champion

MMA record: 6 – 1 – 1 (50% of victories by submission)

Tom Lawlor chokes
Tom Lawlor chokes

A Massachusetts native now making his home in Orlando, Tom Lawlor was a three-time National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Champion for the University of Central Florida. After taking jiu-jitsu classes back home in Fall River, he began in MMA. His favourite grappling technique is the d’arce choke. Tom turned pro in 2007. After winning four of his next five fights, he earned a spot in the house for the 8th season of The Ultimate Fighter. He currently have a BS in Social Studies Education from the University of Central Florida. Lawlor have also taken classes towards a MA in Sports & Fitness. He used his college degree as a High School History teacher for almost 2 years.

Bruno Bastos

bruno bastosBorn in 1980
Home: Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
Style: brazilian jiu-jitsu
Team: Nova União
Division: under 87.9 Kg

BJJ record:
2004 World Cup – 3rd place light-heavyweight
2004 Copa do Brasil – light heavyweight champion
2002 World Cup – 3rd place heavyweight
2002 World Cup – 3rd place absolute
2002 Copa do Brasil CBJJO – Heavyweight Champion
Five times Brazilian Champion
Five times Rio de Janeiro State Champion

Submission record:
2005 Copa Cyclone – Champion
2003 ADCC Brazilian Trials – silver
2003 Submission Wrestling de Campos – Champion
2002 Interestadual de Belo Horizonte, Brasil – Absolute Champion
2002 Super Copa de Submission Niterói – Champion
2002 Desafio Duelo de Titãs – Champion
Desafio Stone – Champion
São João da Barra Submission Wrestling – Champion

MMA record: 0 – 2 – 0 (both by decision)

Bruno Bastos teaching in Finland

Bruno Bastos teaching in Finland

Bio: Bruno Bastos started jiu-jitsu as a child, in 1990, inspired by Aurelio Miguel‘s gold medal in 1988 Judo Olympics. He’s a Wendell Alexander black-belt, but studied with many good teachers, like Neury Gomes and André Pederneiras. Bastos became famous after winning Xande Ribeiro in the absolute finals of 2005 Rio de Janeiro State Championship. It was his tenth fight that day, but he won by 4×3. Bruno could have had a beautiful performance in ADCC 2005 California, but though he was specially invited by ADCC producers, USA embassy blocked his entrance.

Bruno is a Georges St. Pierre fan and use to train muay-thai to relax. He fought two times in MMA, loosing the last time to Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares by decision. Other idols of him are the F1 pilot Ayrton Senna and Nova União BJJ fighter Leonardo Santos.

“I focus my training on physical conditioning because fights at ADCC can end in draws and then go into overtime. There have been 20, 30 minute fights! Cachorrão and Jacaré once fought for 40 minutes! That’s why I focus on that part”


Gunnar Nelson

Gunnar_about2Nickname: Gunni
Born in 1988
Home: Iceland
Style: BJJ/Submission Figthing
Team: Mjölnir – SBG International/ Renzo Gracie Academy
Division: under 87.9 Kg

MMA Record: 5 – 0 – 1

BJJ/Submission Fighting record:

2009

2nd Place in Men’s Brown Belt Middle Weight at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009 (Mundials).

1st Place in Men’s Brown Belt Middle Weight at the New York International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009.

3rd Place in Men’s Brown Belt Open Weight at the New York International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009.

1st Place in Men’s Brown Belt Middle Weight at the Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009 in Carson, California.

2008

1st Place in Men’s No-Gi Expert Middle Weight at the North American Grappling Championship in New Jersey.

2nd Place in Men’s Gi Brown & Black Cruiser Weight at the North American Grappling Championship in New Jersey.

1st Place in three categories at the Icelandic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship; i.e. men’s Open weight, -88 kg and the team tournament.

1stPlace – 2008 Great Britain Grappling Open National Championship, men advance No-Gi, – 80 kg weight.

1st Place – Hawaiian Open Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, men advance No-Gi -176 pound (ca. -80 kg) weight.

2007

1st Place – Irish BJJ Open, men absolute.
1st Place – Irish BJJ Open, men purple belt.

1st Place – Mjölnir Open Mat 2007, men open weight.
1st Place – Mjölnir Open Mat 2007, men -81 kg weight.

2006

1st Place – Mjölnir BJJ Gi tournament, men open weight.
1st Place – Mjölnir BJJ Gi tournament, men -88 kg weight.

Gunnar has been offered to compete at the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) World Submission Fighting Championship that will be held in Barcelona, Spain, on the 26-27th of September. This is of course a great honor for Gunnar but as many people know ADCC is a competition held every two years involving professional athletes who have been successful at the highest levels of Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Sambo, Shooto and Mixed Martial Arts. The rules of the event disallow strikes while promoting grappling and submissions. However Gunnar’s normal weight class (-77kg) is completely full so Gunnar has been offered a place in the -88kg weight class. This will of course be a great challenge for the young Icelander who will not only be the least experienced fighter in the tournament but also undoubtedly the lightest in his weight class.

Originally from a Karate background, Icelandic youngster Gunnar Nelson has been setting the mats on fire since focusing on BJJ three years ago. The John Kavanagh brown belt has trained extensively with B.J. Penn and Renzo Gracie in the past. His big breakthrough came when he took gold at this year’s Pan-American BJJ Championship and silver at the World Championship. Next to that, his perfect MMA record seems just a side note, but it is further evidence of his excellence. source: www.gunnarnelson.info/

Originally from a Karate background, Icelandic youngster Gunnar Nelson has been setting the mats on fire since focusing on BJJ three years ago. The John Kavanagh brown belt has trained extensively with B.J. Penn and Renzo Gracie in the past. His big breakthrough came when he took gold at this year’s Pan-American BJJ Championship and silver at the World Championship. Next to that, his perfect MMA record seems just a side note, but it is further evidence of his excellence.

Tarsis Humphreys

Tarsis-Humphreys-AllianceBorn in 1983
Home: São Paulo – Brazil
Style: BJJ
Team: Alliance
Division: under 87.9 Kg

One more BJJ rising star is joining ADCC Barcelona 2009: The champion of the first WORLD PROFESSIONAL JIU-JITSU CUP in Abu Dhabi, at his weight and at the open division. Also medalist at the last three CBJJ World Championships.

Tarsis is a veteran at ADCC. In 2007 he was third place losing at the semi-final in a very tight fight against the UFC and ADCC star Demian Maia (who after that became champion overcoming Flavio “Cachorrao” Almeida). Tarsis  is at the best moment of his career and is training hard to put his name in the select group of ADCC world champions.

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Nate Marquadt/OUT

Nate MarquardtNickname: The Great
Born in 1979
Home: Colorado – USA
Style: Submission Fighting
Team: Jackson’s Submission Fighting
Division: under 87.9 Kg

MMA record: 28 – 8 – 2 (54% of victories by submission)

Other accomplishments:
* 2nd Degree Black Belt in Pancrase Mixed Martial Arts/Jiu-Jitsu
* Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Murgel
* 2002 Pancrase Spirit Tour Champion
* 2000 Ring of Fire Middleweight Champion
* 1999 World Vale-Tudo Federation Champion
* 1999 IMA Rumble In The Rockies Champion
* 1999 Bas Rutten Invitational 4 Lightweight Champion

Marquardt x Leites

Marquardt x Leites

Bio: Marquardt began his training in the martial arts as a teenager, studying the disciplines of brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing and kempo under instructor Alistair McNiven. Additionally, he took lessons in wrestling and eventually began training under brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor Ricardo Murgel at age 18. Active in sports throughout high school, he contends that he did not become involved in the martial arts until he saw footage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Although he is perhaps best known for his association with Greg Jackson’s Gaidojutsu mixed matial arts team, Marquardt has also trained with Sanae Kikuta and the Grabaka Dojo in Japan as well as american kickboxer and mixed martial artist Duane “Bang” Ludwig in Colorado. Marquardt runs an academy, High Altitude Martial Arts, located in Aurora, Colorado.
“I’m very blessed in my training. I have had all my team training with me for this fight. Keith Jardine. Georges St. Pierre, Rashad Evans, Joey Villaseñor, Elliott Marshall, Duane Ludwig, DeAndrey Abrahm, Vemo Phillips, Manny Perez and the UNC Wrestling Team have all helped me train for fighting. Everyday is different with MMA, grappling, wrestling, boxing, kickboxing and strengh/conditioning. They all teach me and oversee my training to make sure I am doing everything right.”
His trainers are Trevor Wittman, Greg Jackson, Mike VanArsdale, John Chaimberg and Ricardo Murgel among others. His favourite technique is the Marquardt Choke.

Braulio Estima

Braulio estima.Nickname: Carcará
Born in 1980
Home: Birmingham, UK
Style: BJJ & Submission Fighting
Team: Gracie Barra
Division: under 87.9 Kg

Braulio Estima is one of the favorites to win ADCC Barcelona 2009 in both under 87.9kg and the absolute division, he was silver medalist in 2007 losing in the final at a very technical 20 minutes fight against Xande Ribeiro.

Many BJJ and Submission fighters when they face a presumably dangerous opponent they forget the main idea about the submission competitions and they are satisfied by doing a point and hiding the rest of the fight, but when you see Braulio’s fights you can easily notice the difference, the “Carcara” is one of the athletes who fights with his heart and always goes to submissions doesn’t minding who the opponent is, and quite often he succeed, during the Pan American 2003 championships, Braulio took a total of less than 4 minutes and 40 seconds to win all six of his fights. A record that still stands in any official competition”-www.graciebarrabirmingham.com

BJJ Record:

Pan American Champion – 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006braulio2
European Champion – 2007, 2009
Absolute European Champion – 2009
ADCC Silver Medalist – 2007
Absolute World Cup Champion – 2006
World Champion – 2004, 2006
Champion of the International Team – 2003, 2007braulio
Champion’s Challenge BRAZIL X USA – 2003
3rd placed on the World Championship – 2003
Absolute World Champion – 2002
3rd placed on the World Championship – 2001

Daniel Tabera

daniel tabera_fNickname: The Gladiator
Born in 1977
Home: Valencia, Cataluña
Style: MMA
Team: S.h.o.o.t Spain
Division: under 87.9 Kg

MMA Record:13-2-3

Much buzz has been made about Daniel “The Gladiator” Tabera. Widely recognized as Spain’s top MMA fighter, Tabera has put together an outstanding record against top international competition since becoming a pro in 2002. His win over Ron Faircloth in 2005 made him the first Spanish MMA fighter to win in the United States, a point of great pride for the young Middleweight.

Trained in boxing and full contact fighting from a young age, Tabera made the move to Valencia, Spain in 2002 to dedicate himself to MMA full time. Since then, he has emerged as one of Europe’s top MMA prospects. Equally adept on his feet or on the ground.

Rafael Lovato Jr

Rafael Lovato JrBorn in 1983
Home: Oklahoma City
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Gracie Humaitá
Division: under 87.9kg

Rafael was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in June of 1983. Following the influence of his father, he began studying martial arts when he first started walking. Lovato was very competitive and he soon held titles in Escrima and was well on his way to a promising boxing career. Rafael first found his love for grappling when he started wrestling in middle school. At the early age of 13, he found his passion when his father introduced him to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Lovato made a serious commitment to Bjj at the age of 15.
In 2004, shortly after turning 21, Rafael became the youngest American to ever receive a black belt in BJJ. In owning his black belt Rafael also helped accomplish another record as he and his father became the first American father-and-son black belts.
As Lovato climbed the ranks he became part of the “Who’s Who” in the country, as a professional BJJ and Submission Wrestling competitor. Many consider Rafael to be the top American BJJ competitor, and one of the best in the world.
Rafael holds inumerous National titles and 7 World titles in BJJ. In 2005 he really came into his own by adding a 5th Pan American Title while taking the Gold at the highest level of competition, adult black belt. Rafael continued the 2005 competition season by bringing home a bronze from the 2005 World Cup and finaly in 2007 he became the 2nd American to became a Bjj World champion, after BJ Penn. Lovato has traveled the world to train with other world level grapplers and compete against them. He has trained in Gracie Humaitá and against countless other world-level BJJ competitors. Now he’s under the stewardship of Saulo Ribeiro. Rafael has had numerous opportunities to train with MMA fighters such as Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, Forrest Griffin, Joe Stevenson, and Jason Miller.rafael-lovato-jr

BJJ / Submission Fighting Record:

2008
- Pac-Sub Hawaii Superfight Champion
- Pan-American BJJ Championships Black Belt Heavyweight Champion

2007
- World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt Ultra-Heavy Champion
- Brazilian Nationals Black Belt Super-Heavy Champion
- Cayman Islands No-Gi Superfight Champion
- ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships Quarterfinalist
- Pan-American BJJ Championships Black Belt Super-Heavy Champion
- Pan-American BJJ Championships Black Belt Absolute 3rd Place
- 10K Ground Clash 32 Man Professional Tournament Semi-Finalist
- Texas No-Gi Superfight Champion
- European Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Black Belt Super-Heavy Champion
- European Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Black Belt Absolute 3rd Place
- Budweiser World Cup Professional No-Gi Middleweight Champion

2006
- Professional Submission League X-Mission Champion
- American Nationals Black Belt Heavyweight Champion
- Grappler’s Quest U.S.A. Trials Professional No-Gi Champion
- Santa Fe Invitational Professional Black Belt Champion
- Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt Heavyweight 3rd place
- Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt Absolute 3rd Place

2005
- Grapplemania Texas 16-Man Absolute Professional No-Gi Champion
- Grappler’s Quest West Advanced No-Gi Champion
- Grappler’s Quest Beast of the East Professional No-Gi Absolute Finalist
- Budweiser World Cup Professional No-Gi Middleweight Champion
- Rickson Gracie Budo Challenge Super Heavy Champion
- World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Cup Black Belt Heavyweight Bronze Medalist
- Black Belt Pro-Am Champion (shared with teammate)
- Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Black Belt Heavyweight Champion

Chris Weidman

Chris Weidman attacking James Brasco

Chris Weidman attacking James Brasco

Born: 1984
Home: New York – USA
Style: Wrestling
Team: Serra-Longo
Division: under 87.9 Kg
BJJ/ADCC record: West Coast ADCC champion
MMA record: 2 – 0 – 0
Bio: While coaching at Hofstra, Chris trained to try out for the 2008 Olympics. When his dream was not attained, he had to decide if he wanted to continue training for world teams and the next Olympicss or give MMA a shot. Gabriel Montsa brought him to Ray Longo’s MMA Academy and introduced him to Ray. With Chris’s noticeable technique and skills, he was encouraged to train to fight. He left coaching to train full time. He’s employed by Ray Longo’s Academy as a wrestling instructor. He successfully debuted in ROC XXIII representing Team Serra-Longo this year, submitting Rubem Lopes.

His official site here.

Igor Praporshchikov

Igor PraporshchikovBorn in 1976 (Ukraine)
Home: Australia
Style: Freestyle Wrestling
Team: Wrestling Club, Marabra
Division: under 87.9 Kg

Wrestling record: 7 – 0 – 0
- 1999 Oceania Champion: 85.0 kg
- 2000 Oceania Champion: 96.0 kg

Bio: Igor Praporshchikov is one of the members of the Australian Olympic wrestling team who was born overseas. Praporshchikov is a former scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sport. These days he is based in Sydney where he trains with the Maroubra Wrestling Club. The 33-year-old has had some success in international competition. In 1997 he won bronze in the 76 kilogram greco-roman class at the Oceania Championships and gold in the 76kg freestyle class at the same tournament. The following year Praporshchikov won silver at the FILA Five Continents Cup in the 85kg freestyle class. He fought in Olympic Games 2000, Comonwealth games 2002, Eastern Asian games 2001, being Oceania champion in 1999 and 2000. Igor is Australia champion in wrestling since 1998.

Jason Selva

jason selvaNickname: Fortachon
Home: East Los Angeles – USA
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: BJJ Revolution Team
Division: under 87.9 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record:
- 2009 Abu Dhabi West Coast Trials – Gold Medalist
- 2009 Joe Moreira Black Belt Challenge Champion
- 2 x Time South Bay Open Champion
- 3 x California State Champion
- 2007  BJJ World Tournament Quarter-Finalist
- 2007 Carlson Gracie Invitational Champion
- 2006 Gracie Worlds – Bronze Medalist
- 2005 Best of the West – Middle Weight Champ
- 2003 No Limits Pro Division – Silver Medalist
- 2003 World Games Champion

Bio: Mr. Selva has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 8 years and is a certified instructor under Rodrigo Medeiros. Now he runs his own team with Binhtri Vu and Noah Tillis, in Alhambra, California.

Trond Saksenvik

Trond SaksenvikHome: Norway
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Frontline Academy Oslo
Division: under 87.9 Kg
BJJ/ADCC record: ADCC 2008 European Champion

André Galvão

Andre GalvaoNickname: Deco
Born in 1982
Home: Minas Gerais – Brasil
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Nogueira and TT Jiu-Jitsu
Division: under 87.9 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record:
Bronze Medal in ADCC 2007 in his division and in the absolute
Gold Medal in Jiu-Jitsu World Championship 2008 – under 87.9 Kg
Bronze Medal in Jiu-Jitsu World Championship 2008 – absolute division

MMA record: 3 – 1 – 0 (100% of victories by submission)

Bio: Galvão was a third place finisher in the 2007 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships in the open weight and under 77 kg class. He currently fights as one of the welterweight competitors in DREAM’s 2009 Welterweight Grand Prix. He won all his MMA fights with his killing armbar.

“Agradeço a Deus por isso, ter me dado força, treinamento e estratégia. Essa é uma categoria nova e, apesar de eu não estar no limite, porque bati 85 Kg, acho que consegui ser um pouco mais rápido que os adversários e isso me favoreceu muito.”

He uses a very special workout after his trainings, focused in dexterity, strenght, resistance and in the mind, all at the same time.

Kazuhiro Nakamura

kazuhironakamuraBorn in 1979
Home: Japan
Style: Judo
Team: Yoshida Dojo
Division: under 87.9 Kg
MMA record: 13 – 9 – 0
Bio: Kazuhiro Nakamura represents the Yoshida Dojo and is the protege of Judo legend and 1992 Judo Olympic gold medallist, Hidehiko Yoshida. A black belt under Yoshida, Nakamura is very well respected in the Judo community in his own right and, like his teacher, has chosen to display his Judo skills in the arena of mixed martial arts. In order to prepare himself and balance his fighting abilities, Nakamura has been cross training primarily in boxing. However, perhaps his greatest advantage as a competitor is his calm demeanor … Nakamura claims he is never nervous before a match.