Ilir Latifi

Ilir LatifiBorn in 1982
Home: Sweden
Style: wrestling
Team: Pancrase Gym
Division: under 98.9 Kg

Wrestling/ADCC record:
- Swedish national team wrestler
- ADCC 2005 European Trails winner

MMA record: 3 – 0 – 1

Ilir Latifi wins

Ilir Latifi wins

Ilir Latifi is a powerful swedish wrestler. He trains in Pancrase Gym and nowadays he devotes himself to MMA. He became known in the world of martial arts after destroying the ring in his fight against sambo fighter Blagoi Ivanov last year. The fight was declared no-contest. After that Ilir fought and won Roman Mihocka, Luis Silva and Darko Krbanjevi.

Tomasz Szczerek

Tomasz S

Home: Poland

Style: submission fighting

Division: under 87.9 Kg

ADCC record:

2009 European Trials – 2nd place (lost to Radek Turek)

Watch the finals of the ADCC 2009 European Trials here.

Tomasz Szcerek recently won the most prestigious grappling tournament in Poland: Grappling Arena. Check the finals:

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi

Yoshiyuki NakanishiHome: Japan
Team: PRB
Division: under 98.9 Kg

MMA record: 5 – 1 – 0

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi x Shunsuke Inoue
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi x Shunsuke Inoue

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi is a mixed martial artist. He debuted in DEEP two years ago with a nice victory against Mamoru Nakamura. Nakanishi’s last fight was in M-1 Challenge against Akim Assenine. He won with a beautiful achilles lock in the first round.

Rodrigo Henriques Cavaca

rodrigo cavacaBorn in 1981
Home: Santos – Brasil
Division: under 98.9 Kg
Style: brazilian jiu jitsu
Team: Check Matt

BJJ ADCC record:
2009 european champion
2008 brazilian champion
2005 World Jiu Jitsu Cup
2005 brazilian champion
2004 World Jiu Jitsu Champion
2004 brazilian champion

Bio Rodrigo Henriques started training jiu jitsu in 1999. Since then he earned many great competitions including three times Brazilian Championship and the Mundials in 2004. Cavaca became famous this year after defeating Lucio Lagarto at the finals of the European Championship.

Ricco Rodriguez

ricco rodriguezNickname: Suave (smooth)
Born in 1977
Home: California, USA
Style: BJJ/Wrestling
Team: Machado JJ / American Fight Club
Division: over 99 Kg

ADCC record: 16 – 9 – 0

MMA record: 37 – 11 – 0 (60% of victories by submission)

Rodriguez is born in San José, California. He wrestled in high school while living in New York. He later moved to California and began training in the art of brazilian jiu-jitsu with Rigan Machado and Jean Jacques Machado. He competed and won many jiu-jitsu and submission fighting tournaments before moving on to MMA. In 1997, Ricco Rodriguez became the first american to win a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship. He won the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in the absolute (open weight) division in 1998. He fought many BJJ and submission fighting stars like Vitor Belfort, Murilo Bustamante and Marcelo Garcia.

Rodriguez x Bustamante

Rodriguez x Bustamante

In 1999 Rodriguez began his MMA career with a nice victory against Rocky Batastini. He later fought in the PRIDE Fighting Championship before moving on to the UFC – Ultimate Fighting Championship. In his huge MMA record, you can find victories against Gary Goodridge, Andrei Arlovski and Randy Couture. So respect him!

Vesa Vuori

adcc sm 2008 043Home: Turku – Finland
Style: BJJ/Submission Fighting
Team: FFG / Hilti
Division: Under 98.9 Kg

The Nordic invasion is coming, there are fighters from the northern European countries in all ADCC weight divisions, they are not famous at the world Bjj and Submission Fighting scenario but they are known as tough athletes, extreamly strong and with very good stamina. Vesa was second place at European Trials in Stockholm.

To know the potencial for the Finish athletes the video below shows Sauli Heilimo  from FFG/Hilti, the same academy as Vesa, at ADCC 2007 when he almost won the top fighter Flavio Almeida at the quarter final round.

Marcio Cruz

pedepanoMarcio-CruzNickname: Pé de Pano
Born in 1978
Home: Brasil
Style: BJJ/Submission Figthing
Team: Gracie Fusion
Division: under 98.9 Kg

ADCC Record:
2001 – Runner up
2003 – 1st place at over 99 kg division and 4th place at Absolute
2005 – Runner up
2007 3rd place at over 99 kg division

MMA Record: 6 – 2 – 0Susumu Nagao's Photograph

Márcio “Pé de Pano” Cruz (born April 24, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Third Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr.. He is also a professional mixed martial arts fighter and a world class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor. His nickname “Pé de Pano” was given to him by his friends at the Gracie Barra academy in Rio. The name “Pé de Pano” is the Portuguese version of the name of the Woody Woodpecker’s horse, Sugarfoot. As a MMA professional fighter, Marcio has fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, defeating former champion Frank Mir by TKO at UFC 57. He also holds a win over Keigo Kunihara at UFC 55. He lost a split decision to Jeff Monson at UFC 59, even tough he has defeated Monson 2 times before at grappling tournaments, one time at ADCC in 2003 and at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in Columbus, Ohio in 2005. Marcio second MMA loss was to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 66, in December 2006, by first round knockout. On June 2007 at IFL he defeated Rafael Feijao when Feijao used an illegal kick 18 seconds before the end of the 3rd and final round; Many spectators say that Marcio was winning all 3 rounds by unanimous decision. In June 2008 Marcio defeated Mu Bae Choi at Sengoku Third Battle via Submission (Triangle Armbar). In April 2009 He defeated UFC veteran Dan Christison by unanimous decision. Marcio says that his MMA career has just started, and now he is looking to go to the light heavy weight division and fight against the best 205lbs MMA fighters. Marcio’s accomplishments as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor are amazing. He is a 6 times Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, 5 times Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion, 8 times Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan-American Champion and the 2003 ADCC World Champion. He has also defeated many top athletes in grappling competitions, some of them being Ricco Rodriguez, Mike Van Arsdale, Roger Gracie, Gabriel Gonzaga, Paulo Filho, Fabricio Werdum, Xande Ribeiro, Marcelo Garcia, Saulo Ribeiro, Fernando “Terere” Augusto, Fernado “Margarida” Pontes and many others. Since Marcio started his Mixed Martial Arts career, he has been training MMA with Roberto “Gordo” Correa and he fights under Gracie Fusion team. Marcio last fight was in August 22, 2009 when he beat Tom Sauer via TKO in the second round. With this victory he won the World Fighting Organization heavyweight belt, being now the current WFO heavyweight champion.

Vinicius Magalhães

Vinicius_Magalhaes0001_lrgNicknames: Pezão and Vinny
Born in 1984
Home: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Xtreme Couture
Division: under 98.9 Kg

Accomplishments in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:

* 1st degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Royler Gracie
* 3x Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gold Medalist (International BJJ Federation)
* 2007 No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion (IBJJF) -Wins over Cristiano “Titi” Lazzarini by points and Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu by kneebar
* Panamerican BJJ Champion (IBJJF)
* 2x American National Champion (United States JJ Federation)
* US Open Champion (USJJF)
* Brazilian National Champion (CBJJ)
* 6x Rio de Janeiro State Champion
* 3x Grapplers Quest Pro Division Winner; (with wins Over Xande Ribeiro by armbar and Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu by heel hook
* L.A. Sub-X (2006) Winner (Victory over Robert Drysdale, current Abu Dhabi Absolute Champion, by points

Accomplishments in MMA

* 2 x UFC Veteran
* UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter – Nogueira vs. Mir – Season 8 – Light Heavy Weight Finalist
* 5 – 4 – 1 pro record (All wins by submission)
* Trained with fighter such as: Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, David Terrel, Nick Diaz and Nathan Diaz (Cesar Gracie’s gym), Dan Henderson, Thierry Sokoudjou, Pawel Nastula, Frank Shamrock, Cyrille Diabate, Matt Lindland, Brian Stann, Jesse Taylor and Mo Lawal (Team Quest). Forrest Griffin, Tyson Griffin, Randy Couture, Stephan Bonnar, Mike Whitehead, Wanderlei Silva, Jay Hieron, Martin Kampmann, Junie Browning, Amir Sadollah and others (Xtreme Couture), Demian Maia, Frank Mir (Striking Unlimited).

Dean Lister

Dean ListerNickname: The Boogeyman
Born in 1976
Home: California – USA
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Sambo
Team: Fabio Santos
Division: under 98.9 Kg

ADCC 2005 Superfight champion (defeated Jean Jacques Machado)
ADCC 2003 under 98.9 Kg: quarter-finalist
ADCC 2003 Absolute Champion
ADCC 2002 North American Trials Champion

BJJ/Sambo record:
Two time USA sambo champion
Four time Machado USA BJJ champion
USA Gracie BJJ champion

MMA record: 11 – 6 – 0 (82% of victories by submission)

Dean Lister grew up in a military family and lived in such places as Venezuela and Panamá, as well as several areas in the United States before his family settled in San Diego for Dean’s high school years. The Boogeyman was a high school division wrestling champion and shortly after high school, he became interested in brazilian jiu-jitsu. Lister was already U.S. National Sambo Champion at this time. He took an introductory class with some wrestling team mates at Fabio Santos Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in San Diego. Dean was already familiar with the concept of groundwork but he found a new challenge in Jiu Jitsu, a unique sport that includes self-defense moves and strikes.
It is the depth of this sport that keeps Dean’s dedication and commitment to his training at an optimum level. He believes that practicing this sport reveals the true character of each participant by showing courage, patience, honesty, discipline, innovation, and integrity. Lister also loves the challenge involved in practicing a sport that is constantly evolving. He is known for unstoppable foot-locks and is always working to modify and refine existing moves and create new moves that will benefit him in competition and that will enhance the effectiveness of brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Dean Lister has competed in brazilian jiu-jitsu since 1996, starting just six months after he began training. He quickly made a name for himself in the sport and since them has earned a respectable reputation as a fierce competitor.
In the mixed martial arts event King of the Cage, The Boogeyman was ranked as the number one middleweight and defended his Middleweight World Champion title several times. This year he can be seen coaching in this season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.
Just like now, Dean was an Abu Dhabi invitee in 2000. A huge honor considering that the host of this contest, the prince of Abu Dhabi, selects only the top 16 fighters of each weight class from Olympic wrestlers, world-level sambo fighters, and world-level brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters to compete. Lister returned to the Abu-Dhabi tournament in 2003 where he defeated four of the best grappler’s in the world consecutively (3 by submission) to set a tournament record and become the Absolute Champion. Two years later, The Bogeyman became the 2005 Abu Dhabi Superfight Champion. He was quoted as saying that Fedor Emelianenko would be a great challenge and that he would jump at the opportunity to face him.

Dean Lister plans on being involved in brazilian jiu-jitsu as long as possible, as both a competitor and as an instructor. He hopes that this involvement will oblige him to travel the world.

Alexandre Ribeiro

Xande RibeiroNickname: Xande
Born in 1981
Home: San Diego, CA – USA
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Gracie Humaitá
Division: under 98.9 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record:
- ADCC 2007 Champion
- 2 times World Jiu-Jitsu Champion Absolute division (2006 and 2008)
- 4 times World Jiu-Jitsu Champion Heavyweight division (2008, 2007, 2006 and 2004)
- World Jiu-Jitsu Champion medium-heavyweight division – 2000
- 2 times Pan-american Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Super-Heavyweight (2005 and 2006)
- Pan-american Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion medium-heavyweight division – 2002
- Pan-american Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Absolute division – 2001
- Pan-american Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Lightweight division – purple belts 1999
- Pan-american Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Featherweight division – purple belts 1998
- 3 Times Grappler’s Quest Champion
- 2 Times World Cup ChampionXande Ribeiro

MMA record: 2 – 0 – 0

Xande is a two time Absolute (open weight) World Jiu-Jitsu Champion! He’s widely considered to be one of the world’s top grapplers. Ribeiro was the first person in the world to submit the American fighter Jeff Monson. Ribeiro’s techniques are planned down the tiniest detail, mapped out from second to second. His ability to take the back and finish, and his ability to catch submissions and sweeps from anywhere are going to intimidate his opponents in ADCC 2009. He is currently a competitor in Japan’s Sengoku Mixed Martial Arts and trains for his fights at The Arena, a professional MMA training gym in San Diego. Xande has a brother, Saulo Ribeiro, who is also a former Jiu-jitsu & submission fighting champion. Together they were formed in Gracie Humaitá and now they run Saulo & Xande Ribeiro’s University of Jiu Jitsu in San Diego, California.

Gerardi Rinaldi

gerardi rinaldiHome: USA
Division: under 98.9 Kg
BJJ/ADCC record: North American west coast Trials winner

Anthony Perosh

anthony peroshNickname: “The Hippo”
Home: Sydney – Australia
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Sinosic Perosh Martial Arts
Division: under 98.9 Kg
BJJ/ADCC record: ADCC 2009 Pacific Trials Winner

MMA record: 9 – 4 – 0 (77% of victories by submission)

Bio: The Hippo began his training in Martial Arts in 1994 and in BJJ in 1996. In 1997 he moved to Dallas, Texas, USA to train with Carlos Machado for 3 years. In August 2003 Carlos Machado presented Anthony Perosh with a black-belt in Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Anthony began his competition career in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has placed 3rd in the World in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2003 and also in 1999. Second in the 2000 Pan American and is a 10 times Australian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion.

Rafael Davies

Home: USA
Division: under 98.9 Kg
BJJ/ADCC record: ADCC 2009 North American East Coast Trials winner

Andreas Olsen

Home: Norway
Division: under 98.9 Kg
BJJ/ADCC record: European Champion ADCC 2007

Radek Turek

Home: Polland
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Alexandre Paiva Alliance – Polland
Division: under 98.9 Kg
BJJ/ADCC record: Winner of the European ADCC Trials 2009
Bio: Radek Durek is a new promise in submission fighting. He will probably be famous, according to many submission and MMA fans.

Glover Teixeira

glover teixeiraBorn in 1979
Home: Minas Gerais – Brasil
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: The Pit and Soul Fighter
Division: under 98.9 Kg
MMA record: 6 – 2 – 0
Bio: Glover Teixeira is a mixed martial artist trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Luigi Mondelli and Hawaiian Kempo. Teixeira currently trains and instructs at The Pit, with instructor John Hackleman and former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. His background includes a variety of grappling and MMA tournaments: Grappler’s Quest, NAGA, Sport Fight. Under submission wrestling rules, he grappled well known fighters Jeff Monson and Brandon Vera.