Por Sebastian Valle
Los productores del ADCC 2009 Barcelona, les expresamos profunda gratitud a todos nuestros colaboradores. Estuvo genial! Todos los voluntarios (staff o stuff?) trabajaron con seriedad, dedicación y la verdad es que si no fuera por ellos el Mundial de Submission Fighting nunca seria posible: Los montadores de la Arena, los runners, los vigilantes, los que se quedaron hasta después del final para recoger todo (e incluso limpiar)… Entre catalanes, gallegos, malagueños, portugueses, brasileños, suecos, alemanes y finlandeses formamos un equipo de elite.
Un agradecimiento especial a los chóferes: Javi “Psicópata”, Eduardo “Chape”, Toni “Super” y Oscar (que con su van recorrió 1500 Km en tres días). También a Soledad Cubillo, por recibir a todos en el aeropuerto, y a las chicas de la taquilla.
Muchas gracias a Mireia Cabo y al staff del Hotel Hilton. Con su atención constante y profesional alojamos a todos los luchadores con toda la comodidad que necesitan y mucho más.
Del Pabellò Olìmpic de Badalona recordaremos con cariño la simpatía y disposición al trabajo de Miguel. Estuvo siempre disponible para aclarar cualquier duda y ayudar en cualquier problema.
Los Hell’s Angels España se merecen todo respeto y el crédito por la vigilancia, seguridad y organización de nivel profesional. A los doctores Guillermo y Emil les damos las gracias por haber estado siempre alertas y por su eficiencia en los (poquísimos) accidentes que ocurrieron. Al equipo de sonido una mención especial por su calidad incuestionable.
Además recibimos ayuda inesperada pero muy importante de Matheus y Marcelo de Vulkan, de Filip de Pit-Bull West Coast y Jimmy Pedro de Zebra Mats, Simply Z Best. Para encerrar, muchas gracias al Maestro Roberto Ausejo, del gimnasio Therien por los tatames del area de calentamiento.
We, ADCC 2009 Barcelona producers express a deep thankfulness to all our contributors. That was great! All volunteers (staff or stuff?) have worked with dedication. The truth is, without them, the Submission Fighting World Championship would never happen: The Arena-builders, runners, watchers, time-keepers, the ones that stayed until the end to clean everything… Amongst spanish, portuguese, brazilians, swedish, germans and finnish, we’ve done an elite crew.
A special thanks to drivers: Javi “Psicópata”, Eduardo “Chape”, Toni “Super” and Oscar (witch have ran 1500 Km with his van). Tickets girls too, and Soledad, who recieved everyone in the airport.
Thanks a lot to Mireia Cabo and Hilton Hotel staff. With their constant and professional care, we could lodge all fighters with the comfort they need, and even more.
From Pabellò Olìmpic de Badalona we’ll remember the sympathy and disposition of Miguel. He was always available to any question or help.
Hell’s Angels España deserve all respect for the vigilance, security and organization in professional level. We’re grateful also to Doctors Guillermo and Emil for being always alert and for the quickness in the (very few) accidents we had during the venue. The sound staff needs a special mention for their unquestionable quality.
We also had unexpected but really usefull help from our friends Matheus and Marcelo from Vulkan, Filip from Pit-Bull West Coast and Jimmy Pedro from Zebra Mats, Simply Z Best. To finish, thanks a lot to Master Roberto Ausejo, from Gimnasio Therien for the tatamis of the warming area.
Final placements list here.
Mens semifinals. Werdum shoots and takes Saulo down. Working to pass Saulos halfguard. Cyborg pulls guard on Monson. Monson trying to pass Cyborgs open guard. Saulo almost sweeps Werdum. Werdum now stands up, tries to pass standing. Werdum on Saulos back. Scramble. Restart standing. Werdum shoots, Saulo sprawls. Both going for takedowns. Overtime and both Werdum and Saulo gets warned. Cyborg and Monsen into overtime. Cyborg shoots a single on Monson, doesnt get it. Cyborg takes Monson down, almost getting his back. Going for an armbar, Monson slips out. Werdum gets a second warning. Monson on top in Cyborgs guard. Saulo shoots in again, gets a single leg, pushes Werdum out of the mats. Monson and Cyborg back on their feet. Cyborg shoots another single. Almost gets it. Saulo Werdum second overtime. Werdum shoots, almost gets it, Saulo turns and gives the back. Then rolls to guard. Cyborg Monson second overtime. Monson shoots singleleg, Cyborg reverses. Stays on top but ouside of the mats. Werdum almost gets another takedown, lands outside. Monsen gets back up on all four. Both back to their feet. Werdum almost getting a takedown, but Saulo spins out again. Cyborg shoots a single. Werdum gets Saulos back. Cyborg on Monsons back. Cyborg suplexes Monson. Werdum wins. Cyborg shoots another single. Cyborg beats Monson.
Xande pulls guard on Vinny Magalhaes, switches to halfguard. Glover Teixeira shoots. Vinny tries kimura from top. Rialdi shoots and gets a huge takedown. Then locks an arm triangle choke. Glover gets out. Glover shoots. Xande pulls guard again. Gets Vinnys back but Vinny escapes góes for leglock. Xande escapes and stays on Vinnys back. Rinaldi almost gets another takedown but Glover gets back to his feet. Glover shoots for single. Now Rinaldi on Glovers back.
Vinny escapes, both back on their feet. Rinaldi almost gets takedown. Xande shots a single, scramble, Vinny defends and Xande gets his back. Vinny pulls guard. Xande stands up, tries to pass. Rinaldi gets Glovers back standing, no hooks. Overtime starts on both mats. Glover gets headlock on Rinaldi. Rinaldi escapes. Vinny gets warned, Xande attacks the back. Rinaldi almost pass Glovers, gets the back. Rinaldi now mounted on Glover. Xande has both hooks in on Vinny. Glover and Rinaldi back to their feet. Xande wins. Rinaldi wins.
Avellan vs Galvão. Avellan gets a takedown. Galvão tries to sweep from his open guard. Braulio jumps to guard and sweeps Lovato directly. Braulio attacks with leglock, Lovato defends. Avellan working to pass. Braulio goes for another footlock, Lovato taps! Lovato looks injuried. Galvão almost sweeps Avellan, but Avellan looks stable on top. Lovato gets carried of the mats by Saulo. Avellan attacks with a leglock. Switches to heelhook. Galvão refuses to tap. Gets up and gets a single, takes down Avellan! Galvão almost passing the guard.
Garcia pulls guard on Nakamura. Garcia sweeps Nakamura, mounts directly. Switches to sidemount. Galvão shoots single and Avellan counters with a kimura! Garcia taps Nakamura with his guillotine choke after about two minutes. Galvao escapes the kimura and gets the win.
Gregor Gracie jumps to guard with Popovitch on top. Cobrinha pulls guard on Rani. Cobrinha sweeps Rani. Gregor attacks with a omoplata. Cobrinha trying to pass Ranis halfguard. Cobrinha now attacking Ranis arm. Rani gets to all four. Cobrinha gets the kimura and Rani taps!
Popovich trying to pass the guard of Gregor. Mendes jumps to guard, Leo Vieira on top. Stands up with Mendes in closed guard. Leo opens guard trying to pass. Popovich gets Gregors back, gets rear naked, Gregors face turning blue. Popovich almost taps him as time run out. Popovich wins. Mendes gets Leos back. Scramble, Leo pulls guard. Mendes trying to pass, attacking Leos neck with guillotine, almost gets it. Leo gets out.
Leo and Mendes in a leglock war. Both want to sit in the guard. Noone stands up.
Womens semis start. Cyborg vs Penny Thomas. Penny jumps guard, but Cyborg just pushes her away.
Mendes finally sits up trying to pass. Both stand up, Mendes going for takedown, gets sweep, Mendes on Leos back, Mendes tries to jump to get the hooks, Leo ducks, Mendes flies over! Leo passing the guard. Mendes gets Leos back. Attacks with rearnaked, atacks the arm. Gets neither. Times up, overtime. Mendes shoots in. Leo sprawls, Leo takes down Mendes. But Mendes sweeps rightback. Gets Leos back again. Both hooks in. Mendes submits Leo!
Penny locks triangle, Cyborg stands up and gets out! Cyborg almost passing the guard of Penny. Penny rolles to all four. Times up, overtime.
Hanette Staack jumps to guard. Rosangela on top. Cyborg goes for leglock. Penny escapes and gets on top, tries to get Cyborgs back but falls over. Cyborg tries to pass and hits Penny with a knee in the face.. Times up, overtime. Penny wins by two minus points to one. Rosangela stuck in Hanettes halfguard for a long time.. times up, overtime.
Sayaka jumps to a leglock on Hillary. Sayaka attacks with another leglock. Hillary gets out. Sayaka attacks arm, and Hillary taps! Luanna and Laurance Cousin jumps to guard at the same time. Cousine attacks the leg, Luanna spins out. Luanna ends up on top, working to pass. Hannete Stack wins.
Mens bronzematches starts.
Saulo enters the arena with his gijacket, shorts and blackbelt. Cousine and Luanna gets a warning each, overtime. Luanna shoots. Gets back, but not hooks. Monson trying to pass Saulos guard. Luanna gets rear naked choke, Cousin face gets blue, but gets out! back to Cousins guard. Luanna passes, but Cousin retains her guard. Cousine sweeps, almost gets Luannes back, but falls down. Luanna working t pass. Times up, second overtime. Luanna, Cousin almost gets guillotine, landing outise the mats. Monson almost gets Saulos back, but no hooks. Both get back to their feet. Both Luanna and Cousin gets warned. Luanna gets takedown but lands outside of mats. Saulo shoots single, Monson escapes. Luanna gets Cousin back and a rearnaked, this time Cousin taps! Monson on Saulos back again. Times up, overtime. Saulo shoots, Monsom sprawls and spins to Saulos back.
Vinny jumps guard against Glover Teixera. Vinny gets back up. Jumps to guard again. Executes a beautiful sweep and ends up in mount. Spins for armbar, almost gets it, switches to triangle, switches again to omoplata. Glover stands up and gets out. Both back on their feet. Vinny jumps to guard again. Attacks omoplata, Glover escapes but looks tired. Vinny shoots in and glover spins for Vinnys back, scramble and Vinny on glovers back, both hooks in. Vinny sinks triangle and submits Glover with an armbar.
Monson beats Saulo on judges decision. Saulo emotional, grabs ruce Buffers mic and announces his retirement. To everyones surprise, Lovato enters the mat limping, with his foot in a bandage and will fight Avellan. Lovato pulls guard right away. Gregor Gracie pulls guard with Nakamura on top. Avellan attacks Lovatos injuried foot. Avellan wins.
Rani injuried, going to the hospital and Leo sick, so bronzematch will be between Ryan Hall and Jeff Glover. Glover pulls guard, Ryan passes, scramble. Back on their feet. Glover pulls guard again. Ryan attacks with a arm triangle choke, Glover escapes. Nakamura still on top in Gregors guard, not much action.
Glover sweeps Hall and goes for leglock. Nakamura now on Gregors back. Gregor escaping and working for the pass. Gets a guillotine and mount, Nakamura escapes, Gregor in sidemont. Nakamura pushes him away. Back to their feet. Gregor gets takedown and passes the guard. Gets the back. Times up, Gregor wins. Ryan and Jeff back in their feet. Times up, overtime. Glover gets takedown. On top in Ryans guard. Ryans goes for Glovers back, one hook in. Glover trying to escape, but Ryan gets second hook in the last seconds and the win, 3-2!
Womens bronzematches starts. Cousin jumps to guard against Hillary. Female Cyborg and Rosangela fights stand up. Hillary almost passing. Cyborg gets singleleg. Rosangelo gets out. Hillary passes the guard. Cyborg and Rosangela into overtime. Cousin gets back the guard, attacks with leglock. Hillary escapes and passes again. Rosangela takes down Cyborg, but Cyborg gete back up on her feet before three seconds. Hillary wins. Cyborg wins.
Mens finals. Werdum vs Cyborg. Cyborg shoots in, Werdum sprawls and spins for back but slips off. Cyborg in Werdums guard. Cyborg passes and gets Werdums back. Werdum escapes, Cyborg almost gets triangle, Werdum escapes again. Werdum now on top, putting pressure on Cyborg. Werdum stays on top in halfguard along time. Gets warned. Twice. Almost passes, Cyborg defends, then Werdum passes the guard. Cyborg escapes. Both back to their feet. Cyborg shoots, Werdum sprawls. Werdum tries to spin for the back, Cybor attacks with triangle, but doesn´t get it and returns to guard. Werdum on top, trying to pass. Cyborg looks tired. Werdum gets the pass. Werdum passive, gets minuspoints. Twice. Werdum back to halfguard and passes again. One more minuspoint to Werdum. Back to halfguard. One more minus to Werdum. Both get back to their feet. Times up, Werdum wins a strategically smart but boring fight.
Xande vs Rinaldi. Rinaldi shoots for single, takes down Xande. Rinaldi on top in Xandes halfguard. Xande looks for the sweep, but Rinaldi stays on top. Rinaldi attacks with leglock, Xande escapes and now on top. Rinaldi attacks with omoplata, Xande escapes. Xande on bottom again. Rinaldi attacks Xande with a kimura from top. Xande stays calm, escapes and sweeps. But Rinaldi sprawls out and escapes. Stays on top in Xandes guard. Rinaldis tries headlock, Xande escapes. Xande sweeps. Rinaldi attacks with leglock. Xande escapes. Rinaldi now on Xandes back, no hooks in. Xande gets back to guard. Rinaldi trying to pass, attacks with kimura. Xande escapes and sweeps. Xande now passing. Rinaldi gets back to feet. Xande on all four, Rinaldi jumps to get the back. Rinaldi attacks Xandes leg, but Xande escapes. Times up, Xande wins.
Braulio vs Galvão. Galvão sits to guard and gets a minuspoint. Braulio attacks with the same footlock he tapped Lovato with. Galvão defends and almost sweeps Braulio, but chooses to stay on bottom. Braulio working to pass. Galvão looking for sweeps. Almost gets leglock, but Braulio escapes. Galvão gets sweep, but Braulio attacks the arm. Galvao escapes. Braulio attacks the leg, switches to footlock. Galvão escapes. Braulio attacks single leg, takes Galvão down, but no points yet. Galvão attacks Braulios arm. Scramble, Galvão gets a sweep. And working to pass, almost passes, but Braulio gets an inverted triangle, Galvão taps!
Garcia vs Popovich. Popovich gets a takedown and is almost passing. Garcia retains guard and sweeps. Popovich with closed guard, Marcelo attacks with footlock. Popovich escapes. Garcia sweeps again. Passes and takes back. Popovich escapes! Garcia on top again. Popovich gets a sweep. Popovich on top. Popovich working to pass. Manages to neutralize Garcias bottomgame well. Popovich grabbing Garcias shorts repeatedly, eventhough its against the rules. Garcia gets omoplata. Sweeps. Garcia in Popovich closed guard, stands up, opens guard trying to pass, Popovich gets back to feet. Garcia jumps guard, gets minus. Popovich stalling but doesn´t get minus. Garcia trying to sweep. Popovich is now backing away alot. Popovich gets one minus. Popovich keeps stalling for long time but doesn´t get more minuspoints. 40 seconds left. Popovich passes Garcia guard! Garcia gets out. Back on their feet. Popovich escapes and backs away. Gets another minus. Time is up, fight should go to overtime. The judges removes the last minus they gave to Popovich. Popovich gets a controversial win.
Rubens Charles vs Rafael Mendes. Cobrinha goes for a nice armdrag and gets the takedown. Both back to their feet. Cobrinha goes for the same takedown, Mendes gets arm triangle choke. Cobrinhas face turns blue, but escapes! Mendes attacks with heelhook from guard. Both back to their feet. Cobrinha gets the same takedown, Mendes the same arm triangle choke! Noone breathes, looks like Cobrinha is going to tap, but he escapes again! Cobrinha takes Mendes down. Return to feet. Cobrinha gets another huge takedown. Mendes gets a sweep, but no points yet. Now points starts counting, Mendes on top in Cobrinhas guard. Cobrinha sweeps, scramble, Cobrinha on top, but no points for sweep. Cobrinha working to pass. Mendes attacks with sweep, but Cobrinha counters with heelhook. Mendes escpaing. Cobrinha gets calfcrunch, Mendes escapes but gets sweeped. Mendes attacks Cobrinhas leg again. Mendes gets tight kimura. Cobrinha miraculously escapes. Scramble. Back to their feet. Overtime. Both on their feet, not alot of action. Mendes shoots, Cobrinha sprawls. Again. Cobrinha shoots for single, Mendes escapes. Second overtime. Cobrinha shoots for single, gets back. Mendes still standing. Mendes rolls for leglock and escapes. Both back to thier feet. Cobringa hás Mendes in a headlock, Mendes goes to guard. Mendes almost gets a sweep. Almost gets sweep again, but Cobrinha escapes. Cobringa attacks with heelhook. Mendes escapes and gets sweep. Cobrinha stands up, Mendes gets Cobrinhas back, both hooks in! Timus up, Mendes wins by points after 40 minutes!
Womens finals start. Penny shoots in and Staack spins and gets Pennys back, both hooks in. Penny escapes, and is now on top, trying to pass. Staack is trying to get a kneebar. Almost gets it. Stays there for a long time. Penny Thomas finally taps! Staack wins by submission.
Sayaka Shioda vs Luanna Alzuguir. Sayaka attacks with leglock, Luanna trying to pass. Passes and mounts but Sayaka bridges and escapes. Sayaka now on top in Luannas guard. Luanna reverses, Sayako rolls for kneebar, but Luanna escapes.
Luanna gets guillotine., Sayaka escapes. Luanna sweeps again, is now on top trying to pass. Sayaka góes for heelhook, Luanna escapes. Both back to their feet. Luanna shoots in, goes to guard, almost gets a sweep. Luanna gets Sayakas back. Sayaka escapes, but Luanna got three points. Times up, Luanna wins!
Absolute starts. Garcia vs Bastos. Braulio jumps to guard against Janne-Pekka, attacks the arm, Janne-Pekka taps! Garcia goes for takedown, gets reversed. Bastos on top in Garcias guard. Dean Lister jumps to halfguard, Vinny Magalheas on top. Vinny working to pass. Lister attacks Vinny with heelhook form 50/50 guard. Vinny gets out and passes Listers guard. Lister gets back to guard. Attacks with leglock, switches to sweep, Vinny goes to all four, Lister trying to get the hooks. Garcia and Bastos goes into overtime. Marcelo gets takedown on Bastos. Lister and Vinny back to their feet. Garcia passing the guard of Bastos. Lister on top in Vinnys guard. Bastos retains guard. Garcia passes again. Vinny gets omoplata. Garcia gets Bastos back. Garica gets the rear naked choke, Bastos taps!
Lister attacks with a leglock, Vinny ends up on top. Both back on their feet. Vinny shoots in. Almost gets back. Attacking with sidechoke. Lister escapes! Lister on bottom in halfguard. Vinny passing but Lister escapes to all four. Weidman controls the action standig up against Jaoude, eventhough he is much lighter. Vinny beats Lister by points. Xande pulls guard on Ricco Rodrigues. Xande attacks with sweep, ends up on Riccos back. Ricco rolls out, ends up in halfguard with Xande on top. Xande goes for kimura, gets the tap. Xande advances to the quarterfinals. Overtime between Weidman and Jaoude. Galvão pulls guard on Tom DeBlass. Weidmans almost gets the takedown, gets the back. Galavao gets the sweep. DeBlass reverses. Galvao tries to sweep from halfguard. DeBlass stable on top. Galvão gets the sweep. Weidman wins. Galvão defends a sweep passes and gets the back, both hooks in. DeBlass escapes, now trying to pass Galvaos guard, attacks with footlock. Galvão defends. Times up, Galvão wins.
Cyborg pulls guard on Avellan. Gunnar Nelson pulls guard on Monson.
Cyborg almost gets a sweep. Monson has a lot of trouble passing Nelsons guard. Cyborg attacks with a kimura. Nelson and Monson into overtime. Nelson shoots. Monson sprawls, Monson shoots and gets reversed! Nelson almost getting the back of Monson. Avellan and Cyborg goes to overtime. Monson looks tired. Avellan gets takedown. Cyborg attacks with leglock. Gets Avellans back, standing up. Cyborg throws Avellan with a suplex, gets backmount. A much smaller Nelson keeps pushing Monson from the mats. Crowd is cheering. Nelson and Monson goes into second overtime. Nelson shoots, Monson looks tired but manages to sprawl and reverse. Nelson almost gets his back again. Cyborg almost gets takedown. Monson has headlock on Nelson. Nelson esacpes. Both back on their feet. Nelson shoots and Monson sprawls and spins to his back. Nelson escapes. Monson shoots, but cant get the takedown. Nelson shoots in and gets the back. Both hooks in. Attacks the arm. Times up, Nelson wins by points and the whole arena is standing up cheering! Avellan wins.
Quarterfinals. Braulio vs Garcia. Braulio jumps guard. Garcia trying to pass. Vinny pulls guard on Weidman. Gets the sweep. But Weidman gets back to his feet. Vinny submits Weidman with flying armbar! Braulio gets a sweep on Garcia. Braulio passes the guard of Garcia. Gets Garcias back and a rear naked choke. Garcia taps!
Xande pulls guard on Galvão. Gets Galvaos back. Galvaos escapes, both back on their feet. Xande pulls guard, goes for a sweep and gets to the back of Galvão. Nelson and Avellan starts. Xande trying to put the hooks. Nelson takes Avellan down, but no points scoring yet. Gunnar gets another takedown on Avellan. Nelson gets headlock, switches to singleleg. Avellan shoots, takes Nelson down, but Nelson spins out and takes Avellan down. Attacking his back, one hook in.
Xande wins by points. Avellan escapes. No points. Avellan shoots in, Nelson defends. Avellan shoots for single leg, Nelson defends. Nelson shoots in, Avellan attacks the arm. Nelson gets the back, one hook in, Avellan taps to a rear naked choke!
Semifinals. Vinny Magalheas vs Braulio Estima. Xande vs Gunnar Nelson. Xande and Vinny jumps guard. Vinny sweeps. Scramble, Braulio attacks leg, Vinny defends. Xande attacks Nelson with a knnebar from guard, Nelson defends. Nelson almost passes Xandes guard. Gets Xandes back with one hook in. Braulio attacks Vinns leg again. Xande gets Nelson leg, submits him with a kneebar! Braulio almost sweeps Vinny. Vinny attacks with leglock, Braulio defends and gets Vinnys back! Gets points, but Vinny spins out. Now on top i Braulios guard. Braulio gets a sweep. Times up and Braulio wins by points.
Bronze match. Gunnar Nelson vs Vinny Magalhaes. Vinny pulls guard. Nelson almost passes Vinnys guard. Vinny attacking Nelson s leg, Nelson gets out and counterattacks with a leglock, Vinny gets out, Nelson gets singleleg, Vinny jumps guard. Vinny attacking Nelsons arm, Nelson spins out and gets Vinnys back. Vinny escapes and gets Nelsons back, Vinny suplexes Nelson, Nelson bounces up directly and goes for single. Vinny jumps to guard, Nelson goes to the back. Times up. First overtime. Nelson shoots gets Vinnys back. One hook in. Vinny escapes. Vinny goes for a firemans throw and throws Nelson. Nelson escapes back to his feet. Vinnys gets a singleleg, takes Nelson down, but Nelson jumps back up. Nelson shoots a single. Doesnt get it. Second overtime starts. Vinny gets an armdrag takedown, manages to keep Nelson down and gets the points. Times up. Vinnys beats Gunnar Nelson by points after two overtimes.
Absolute final starts. Braulio vs Xande. Xande ducks under and gets a takedown. Braulio attacks Xandes arm and gets an inverted triangle! Braulio attacks the arm again, Xande defending but is in trouble. Xandes face turning blue. Xande stands up, face turns from blue to purple. Xande manages to escape! Xande trying to pass, Braulio catches him with som kind of omoplata shoulderlock from the guard, Xande screams and submits. Xandes shoulder seems injuried. Braulio Estima is the ADCC 2009 Absolute winner!
Rômulo Barral quickly submits Denis Roberts with a footlock. Werdum submits Roger Lorent with a kimura from north&south. Saulo quickly jumps to halfguard against the much bigger Koji Kanechika working for the sweep. Gets it and passes the guard fast. After a long fight on the feet Thomasewski Janisz submits Antoine Jaoude with a rear naked choke after a long fight mostly on their feet. Saulo Ribeiro beats Koji by judges decision. Monsen jumps to halfguard and sweeps Karol Bedorf. Janne Pekka Pietelainen quickly submits Tom Erickson with an inverted heelhook. Monson beats Bedorf by points.
Roberto Abreu (Cyborg) working from his guard, trying to catch Tom DeBlass with triangles and sweeps but DeBlass looks very stable and calm. Asa Fuller submits Mike Martell with an armbar from mount. Cyborg almost gets guillotined by Tom de Blass. Cyborg escapes and wins by points. Radek Turek sinks a triangle and taps Rafael Davis with an armbar from the triangle. Xande sweeps Ilir Latifi. Vinicius Magalheas submits Rodrigo Henriques quickly with a heelhook. Xande beats Latifi by points.
Dean Lister jumps to guard and sinks a triangle on Andreas Olsen which forces him to tap. Perosh works to pass Pe de Panos halfguard. Perosh shoots and Pe de Pano spins for the back. Pe de Pano then quickly submits Perosh from the back. Glover Teixera passes the guard of what looks like a much bigger Vesa Vouri and wins by points.
Ricco Rodrigues is having a lot of problems against Tomasz Szczerek. Ricco is going for takedowns but doesnt get them. Ricco loses. Rinaldi beats Yoshiyuki by points. Galvão totally dominates Kassim Annan in the first minutes of the fight. But Kassim hangs in there bravely, reverses and almost passes the guard of Galvão. Galvão gets another takedown and wins by points. Galvão had to fight hard for that win.
Cris Weidman beats Dan Tabera by points. Bráulio takes down Yuji Arai, takes his back and submits him with a rear naked choke. Trond Saksenvik jumps to guard against David Avellan, who tries to pass. Avellan gets the the tap with a footlock. Tarsis jumps to guard against a huge Igor Praporshchikov. Lovato jumps to guard against Tom Lawlor. Tarsis is having a lot of trouble with Igor who looks very stable on top.
Lovato attacks with a heelhook but gets the sweep. Lovato wins by points. Tarsis wins on a judges decision being more active from below. Marcelo Garcia jumps to guard against Rodney Ellis and sweeps immediately. Passes the guard, mounts and taps him with a guillotine from the mount in under two minutes.
Bastos tries to sweep Jorge Santiago from halfguard. Brasco beats Gunnar Nelson on overtime in a very even fight.
Kron Gracie having trouble in the guard of Enrico Cocco, escaping Coccos constant leglock attacks. Santiago works on a kimura from top position as time runs out but Bastos wins by points. Azavedo passes the guard of Mike Fowler and gets sweeped just afterwards. Azevedo goes for a footlock and gets it. Kron gets the back of Cocco and submits him with a rear naked choke.
Milton Viera jumps to guard against Nakamura. Popovich gets a takedown right away, gets the back and submits with a rear naked choke. Milton Viera works for the sweep, but the japanese is stable on top. Ben Askren works to pass the flexible guard of Toni Linden. Askren finally manages to pass to north&south, then mounts and gets sidechoke. Nakamura gets Vieras back and advances.
Leo Santos jumps to guard on Yoshiyuki Yoshida and sweeps. Working for the pass. Getting the pass and then the back. Rani Yahya submits Kouhel Yasumi pretty fast. Leo Santos wins. Murilo Santana, winner of the brazilian qualifier jumps to guard, Gregor Gracie on top, trying to pass.
Jeff Glover gets a choke on Timo Juhani in less then a minute. Rubens Charles (Cobrinha) jumps to guard on Hiroshi Nakamura, working for the sweep. The World class surfer Joel Tudor jumps to guard with Renier Nicolas on top.
Cobrinha gets the back of Nakamura and after a scramble gets a beautiful armbar. Gregor almost passes the guard of Murilo Santana. Gregor almost gets a takedown. Tudor submits Nicolas with a triangle, repeating what he did to favorite Rani Yahya some weeks ago with the gi, showing that he is top level competitor in more then one sport.
Gregor Gracie passes the guard of Santana. Leo Viera gets a takedown on David Marinakis. Gregor gets the back of Santana and wins by points as time runs out. Leo Viera submits Marinakis with a guillotine.
Rafael Mendes sinks a triangle, tapping Jayson Patino pretty fast. Baret Yoshida and Justin Rader enters into a leglock war. Yoshida on the bottom with Rader in his guard. Ryan Hall beats Jeff Curran by points after a long fight that went into overtime. Rader now passes the guard of Yoshida. Scramble. Both get back to their feet. Baret initiates a takedown but ends up on his back. Rader gets another takedown and gets the win by points.
Womens division starting. Hanette Stack submits japanese Hitomi Haraiwa with an armbar. Cyborg, the female vesion, submits Ida Hanson with an armbar in overtime. Veteran Megumi Fuji goes for a nice flying armbar, but doesnt get it. Her oppponent, Hillary Williams, looks really strong. Hillary gets the back of Fuji and submits with a rearnaked choke. Luanna Alzuguir sweeps, passes and submits Ina Stefensen with a guillotine.
Sayaka Shioda beats Bianca Andrade due to minuspoints. Penny Thomas beats Shanti Abelha. Rosangela beats the huge Lana Stephanac after a tough and long fight mostly on their feet. Laurence Cousin beats Ana Michelle Dantas.
Mens quarterfinals start. Werdum pulls guard against Thomazs. Janne-Pekka Pietelainen pulls halfguard against Monson.
Werdum sweeps and working to pass. Gets the back of Thomazs. Romulo Barral jumps to guard against Saulo. Saulo working to pass. Werdum wins by points. Saulo almost passing the guard of Barral. Janne-Pekka almost gets sweep on Monson, that has to run of the mat to defend the sweep. Saulo wins by points and advances to the semifinals. Monson couldnt pass the guard of Janne-Pekka, but wins due to one minus point. Vinícius Magalhães wins with a beautiful flying armbar on Pé-de-Pano, maybe the fastest submission so far in the tournament.
Lister sweeps Glover Teixera from halfguard. Cyborg totally dominates his opponent Asa Fuller on the ground. Cyborg wins by points. Dean Lister almost has the back of Teixera but looks more and more tired. Lister is now loosing. Xande beats Radek Turek. Glover Teixera beats Lister, who looks really disappointed.
Galvão gets a beautiful omoplata sweep on Chris Weidman, switches to an armbar, but Weidman defends well and gets out. Tarsis jumps to David Avellans guard. Galvão fights to get a sweep from the halfguard. After a scramble Avellan gets the back of Tarsis and submits him with a rear naked choke with only one arm.
Rinaldi beats Tomazs Szczerek with an anaconda choke. Weidman almost submits Galvão with an anaconda choke from the top. Puts a lot of pressure on Galvão, who is starting to look really tired. Braulio Estima pulls guard with James Brasco on top. The fight between Galvão and Weidman goes into overtime. Lovato pulls guard on Bastos. Galvão almost gets a takedown but lands on the bottom. Galvão sweeps and gets the back, attacking the arm. Weidman gets out again. Galvao gets another sweep. Galvão wins by points after a really tough fight.
Kron Gracie vs Marcelo Garcia. The whole arena is cheering and chanting. Garcia jumps guard. Bastos almost gets takedown. Estima wins. Lovato on Bastos back. Azevedo jumps to guard and sweeps Nakamura. Kron working to pass Garcia’s guard as Garcia looks for sweeps. Lovato gets takedown on Bastos. Garcia almost gets a sweep but Kron sweeps back. Kron goes for guillotine and Garcia passes to sidemount with the head still locked inside the guillotine. Lovato beats Bastos on points. Garcia frees his head and almost passes the guard of Kron but doesn’t manage to establish position. Popovich jumps guard on Askren and quickly submits him with a figure four footlock. Garcia gets a takedown but stuck in guillotine again. Garcia gets out. Scramble. Kron is all of a sudden on Garcias back, but no hooks in. Times up, no points awarded so fight goes into overtime. Garcia gets early takedown and working to pass.
Nakamura beats Azevedo. Marcelo “Marcelinho” Garcia passes and submits Kron with a guillotine from the mount. The whole arena is standing up, clapping their hands due to the great fight between Kron and Garcia.
Cobrinha gets Tudors back. Glover sweeps Rani. Rani sweeps back and passes guard. Cobrinha submits with a rear naked choke. Gregor Gracie beats Leo Santos after a tough fight.
Leo Viera in Ryan Halls guard. Ryan with his flexible guard almost gets a triangle. Rafael Mendes gets a fast anaconda choke on Rader. Rani beats Jeff Glover by points .
Leo Viera is having alot of trouble passing the guard of Ryan Hall. Fight goes into overtime. Ryan Hall jumps to guard again. Leo passes guard but cannot establish position. Ryan rolls to all four, Vieira on his back. Scramble. Back to thier feet. Leo Vieira gets a tight guillotine and Ryan Hall is forced to tap!
Jacare vs Drysdale superfight! Jacaré gets takedown directly. Fight goes back to feet. Jacaré gets takedown again. Jacaré in Drysdales halfguard but cant pass. Back to feet again. Jacaré gets another takedown. Jacaré almost gets the pass this time. Drysdale retains guard. And back to feet again. Jacare gets a beautiful foot sweep, but nothing really happens as the fight hits the ground. Back to their feet. Drysdale being on the defense and a bit passive. Jacaré gets another inside sweep takedown, but they land outside the mats. Restart. Jacaré gets another takedown outside of the mats. Drysdale now goes for takedown, gets Jacaré back but falls to floor. Jacaré almost passing. Back on their feet. Little action. Drysdale goes for takedown again, gets reversed. Jacaré in Drysdales guard. Drysdale goes for sweep but doesnt get it. Back to their feet. Drysdale shoots, Jacaré sprawls. Same thing again. Now Drysdale more active. Jacaré wins by points due to a takedown.
*notes by Marcus Widengren
*photos by Sebastian Valle
I’m training hard as usual, At night I do the physical preparation with Camões, in the morning I practice grappling with the help of Josuel Distak and with my practice partner and ADCC champion, Ronaldo Jacaré. Everything is just fantastic, and I hope to get back from Barcelona with a new title to my career, if it’s God’s will. I’m feeling well prepared to do it.
- Are you doing any kind of special training in your routine ?
Yes! I’m focusing on the explosion and speed at morning time. At night I am also doing the physical practice according to my morning training.
- What do you expect from yourself in this championship?
I hope to win the Champion Title, but I know it’s not that easy. ADCC Championship holds the best athletes. Actually, in my opinion, ADCC is a more complex and different competition. Thanks God, I’m well prepared and ready for any kind of situation on the mat.
- How do see your career now on days?
Every day I see that I’m in the right direction. I’m grateful for all that I conquered along my career, in the Jiu Jitsu World and MMA, where I have the best coaches and training partners, this gives me the motivation to seek my dreams and goals, I still have a lot to learn, God has blessed me, and I´m thankful for all.
- How ADCC Championships will add to your career?
ADCC is a worldwide high level championship, it´s good to be included in a huge organization like this, and it always brings good things too, sponsorships, the growth of the athletes in the Fight world, etc.
- How do you see yourself inside the Jiu Jitsu world?
I always seek to learn more and more, Jiu Jitsu gives me this option, there’s always something to improve, I like that, since when I began practicing I tried to evolve in the sport.
I believe I have achieved a lot, and I see others Athletes conquer and involved.
- Any message you like to share with your fans and friends?
I would like to thank you all for everything,
I also would like to thank my sponsors, Vulkan, Vinac Concorsios, Sinister and to Posto do Açai
1. Marcelo Garcia. Brazil
2. K-taro Nakamura. Japan
3. Murilo Santana. Brazil
4. Marcelo Azevedo. Italy
5. Toni Linden. Finland
6. Don Ortega. USA
7. Rodney Ellis. Australia
8. Enrico Cocco. USA
9. Pablo Popovich. USA
10. Kron Gracie. Brazil
11. Yoshiyuki Yoshida. Japan
12. Mike Fowler. USA
13. Ben Askren. USA
14. Gregor Gracie. Brazil
15. Milton Viera. Brazil
16. Leo Santos. Brazil
The Under 88KG division is one of the most stacked divisions int he event. Names like Andre Galvao, Braulio Estima, Tarsys Humphries, Rafael Lovato Jr, David Avellan alone are enough to make best of the best. If Gavao shows up with the same intensity, preparation and technique that he did in the Brazil tirals he is a favorite. Braulio has been a top fighter for some time and his 2nd place to Xande in a higher weight division in ’07 dictates he is a force to be recogned with. Thees two are my choices to make the finals. Tarsys Humphries had an impressive ’07 ADCC campaign and has been on a tear lately. Depending on the bracket (he doesn’t match up well against Galvao) he has a great chance to be in the finals. Lovato Jr is one of the top American fighters and should contend, in my view his only fault is that he likes to fight from the bottom and counter and that doesn’t play well in ADCC’s rules. David Avellan is a tough competitor with ADCC experience, a good stand up game and solid ground, he could upset many and be int he podium
1. André Galvão. Brazil
2. Yuji Arai. Japan
3. Gunnar Nelson. Iceland
4. Tarsis Humphreys. Brazil
5. Trond Saksenvik. Norway
6. Jorge Santiago. Brazil
7. Igor Praporshchikov. Australia
8. Chris Weidman. USA
9. David Avellan. USA
10. Rafael Lovato. USA
11. Braulio Estima. Brazil
12. Daniel Tabera. Spain
13. Kassim Annan. France
14. James Brasco. USA
15. Bruno Bastos. Brazil
16. Tom Lawlor. USA
source: Kid Peligro ADCC News
ADCC 2007 Champions Xande Ribeiro and Rani Yahia completed the final stages of preparation for their campaign in ADCC 2009. The training sessions with Ginástica Natural’s Professor Alvaro Romano involved breathing and mental preparation techniques developed by the professor for fighters.
“The breathing techniques, mental training and motivational training are part of the program. The program includes these techniques along with Ginastica Natural and has been applied with many top athletes with great success, most recently Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. Minotauro was first introduced to this type of training during his preparation to fight Randy Couture in UFC. Currently Rani and Xande are in the final stages of a similar program as they prepare for ADCC this upcoming weekend in Barcelona”, stated Romano.
source: Kid Peligro ADCC NEWS
ADCC 2009 takes place next weekend in Barcelona, Spain. The event has the top submission fighters in the world competing in 5 weight categories for men with 16 fighters each, and 2 women weight categories with 8 fighters each, plus absolute and superfight.
This week we’ll be taking a look at each and handicap possible winners, first the under 66 Kg men:
This is an unnoficial list of the -66 Kg:
1. Rani Yahya. Brazil (ADCC World 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. USA (North American West coast Trials winner)
7. David Marinakis. Australia (Pacific Trials winner)
8. Jayson Patino. USA (North American East coast Trials winner)
9. Leo Vieira
10. Baret Yoshida
11. Jeff Glover
12. Rubens Charles Maciel
13. Hiroshi Nakamura
14. Justin Rader
15. Jeff Curran
16. Joel Tudor
This is a tough division indeed. With former champion Leo Vieira coming back hungry and current champion Rani Yahia returning to defend his title. Other top contenders should be Rubens “Cobrinha”, Ryan Hall and Rafael Mendes. Dark horses Joel Tudor and Jeff Curran.
Leo Vieira: Handicapping Leo Vieira is always difficult. Talent-wise he is one of the best, if not the best, in the category. But distractions of two new kids and the efforts of developing his new team CheckMat may get in the way of his focus and training. If he shows up in top shape he is the favorite in my view.
Rani Yahia: Rany has been in the finals the last two ADCC events splitting the title with Leo Vieira. Rani is a fierce competitor and a great technician. His setback with the gi in the American Nationals served to awaken the fire inside of him even more (as if he needed). Look for him to be at the finals again.
Rubens “Cobrinha” has dominated his division the last few years and should be one of the favorites, the only questions is how well his game adapts to the ADCC rules and how he will fare if he meets with Rafael Mendes along the way. Cobrinha is undoubtedly one of the best in the world and if he performs up to par he can take the title.
Rafael Mendes won the ADCC trials Brazil and that is no small feat. Mendes is a 50/50 guard specialist and more. His game is very tight and difficult to figure out and with ADCC expanded use of knee and foot-locks his guard and grape-vining legs will cause trouble to many
Ryan Hall is a submission specialist. His guard and triangles are lethal and he is definetly a dark horse in my eyes. His only drawback in my eyes is his size as he is small for the division and ADCC demands a lot of power in every division
Jeff Curran is an MMA star returning to his roots, his game is very good and effective to be in the top four. One would have to question is the effects of training and focusing in MMA will have in his timing.
Joel Tudor is the dark horse of the field. Having just submitted current champion Rani with a triangle Joel will surprise many with other aspects of his game. A good draw will greatly help his prospects of reaching top four.
source: Kid Peligro – ADCC NEWS
MW: What are the qualities you think one should possess to become a successful jiu-jitsu fighter?
RD: Dedication, discipline, will. Of course talent is important, but hard work beats everything. I personally never believed I was a talented fighter, but rather very committed to my passion.
MW: Not only have you won the World Championships in Jiu jitsu several times, but two years ago you also won the most prestigious title without the kimono: the absolute division at ADCC. How did that feel compared to your previous accomplishments on the Jiu-jitsu mats?
RD: It’s one of those things you only dream about. I never thought I’d be that guy winning the open. To me personally, winning the Jiu-jitsu worlds was incredible, but winning the ADCC was just another level. It did a lot for me professionally and it really built my confidence to an even higher level. It’s a great privilege to even be part of this group of fighters.
MW: If you look at all the ADCC champions over the years, with very few exceptions most are Jiu-jitsu fighters. Why do you think this art is so successful even without the kimono?
RD: Part of it can be explained through the gi training. The gi is harder and more technical to train in. But on top of that, ADCC is very popular among Jiu-jitsu players. Not so popular amongst Wrestlers, Sambo fighters and Judokas for example. It is a few in every Jiu-jitsu gym, but most wrestling clubs haven’t even heard of it. So I think the sport has a long way to go as far as its popularity.
MW: Do you consider yourself better with or without the kimono?
RD: I’ve done most of my training with the gi. But for some reason I’ve always, since bluebelt, done better without it. I guess my gi game is very no-gi oriented.
MW: Do you have any fight that you consider the most memorable?
RD: I remember the final of the state championship in São Paulo in 2001. I won the open as a purple belt. It was a huge day for me… Also the worlds as purple… my first black belt world title. And of course the open of the ADCC in 2007.
MW: Now that you have only one fight to focus on, has your training routine changed anything in preparation for this fight? Could you tell us a bit about your preparations for the upcoming superfight against Jacaré?
RD: Of course I had Roger in mind so a replacement on such a short notice is unexpected. But I’m happy to go against him. Of course the strategy will change a little, but my dedication in training has only increased.
When I first found out about Roger I was a little bummed out. But now I’m excited about going against Jacaré.
MW: I know that you are a bit disappointed with the development of the competition scene in jiu-jitsu. What do you think could be improved and how could that be accomplished?
RD: Changing the rules and time limit would be a big step. Try to make the matches more dynamic would draw more people to watch Jiu-jitsu. Also, changing the format might draw other communication vehicles to follow the support. This would draw more sponsors in making the life of fighters much better. Jiu-jitsu is the only sport in the world where you become one of the top ten in the world and that means nothing professionally: no prize, no sponsors, no exposure. Jiu-jitsu tournament are restricted to a few Jiu-jitsu fans around the world that are passionate about the sport.
MW: Some people are trying to turn Jiu-jutsu into an Olympic sport, which of course would be great, but the rules are not exactly viewer-friendly. How would you like the rules to be changed to make the sport more exciting to watch?
RD: Make the matches 5 or 6 minutes long. That would make them more dynamic and the fighters would be attacking a lot more.
Also, reward submission attempts. It’s crazy that knee on belly is worth 2 points, a near sweep an advantage and a tight armbar nothing… It’s all wrong. The whole point is the make your opponent tap.
MW: I also heard in another interview that you wont be entering the big jiu-jitsu competitions anymore because you feel that you are done with that and that you have accomplished what you wanted already. Don´t you consider the absolute category in the World championships of jiu-jitsu worth going for?
RD: Absolutely, and that title will be always missing. But after thinking a lot about all of this I came to the conclusion that no matter how much you accomplish, there will always be more. There will always be that one tournament that you never won or that one guy you never beat. I just didn’t want to spend the rest of my life competing in Jiu-jitsu tournaments when I wasn’t getting anything out of it professionally. I wanted to move on and meet new challenges.
MW: As many other successful Jiu-jitu fighters you have also entered the MMA scene. Could you tell us about your future plans. Do you have something booked already?
RD: I made my debut last October, but due to some health issues I haven’t been able to fight, but I’ll be fighting again soon. It’s just an obstacle I must overcome.
MW: Do you have something else you want to say to all your fans out there?
RD: Training should be a habit. Train when you’re tired, train when you don’t want to train. Everything will be possible with dedication. Like I said, I was never to most talented guy in the gym, but here I am, fighting the ADCC superfight. It is all possible
MW: Thank you for your time and best of luck at your upcoming fight at ADCC!
Marcus Widengren: First of all, for all people out there that doesn´t speak Portuguese: What does your nickname Carcara mean and how did you get it?
Braulio Estima: Carcara it’s a name of a bird that lives around the region that I’m from, North east of Brazil. We have a saying there that the carcara gets, kills and eat the pray… and as I used to wear a gi of a brand Carcara (that nowadays doesn’t exist anymore) it became my nick name.
MW: In the jiu-jitsu world you can unfortunately encounter people with an arrogant attitude, even among certain black belts, but watching you compete I have always had the impression that you are a humble person that values sportsmanship. Do you think those qualities are important to be successful in this sport?
BE: I wouldn’t say that it is important to be successful, but this is a quality that I prize the most in a sportsman, because you need to know that you are not invincible and if you win it’s because you trained hard and deserved it. But that doesn’t mean that you are a better person than anyone else. I’ve seen many people that just because they start winning something, treat you different. I hate this.
MW: Do you have any fight or competition that was your most memorable? If so, which one?
BE: All the competitions that I’ve fought means a lot to me because i spend time training focusing and planning my strategy for it, but the pan ams in 1999 was the most memorable for me, as it was the first time that I managed to win my first fight in a tournament of the ibjjf/cbjj. I was a blue belt and even though I had been winning all my state competitions, every time that I fought in an official tournament (5 times) I had lost in the first round. In that time at the pan ams I won my first and won the whole tournament, five fights all together.
MW: Who is the toughest competitor you have met to this date?
BE: I think nowadays everyone is very well prepared and tough, it all becomes a question of who has the best strategy to win. The list is huge of the toughest ones.
MW: Do you consider yourself better with or without the kimono?
BE: I’ve spent more time training with the gi in my career so I’m more specialized in it but I think that using the right strategy I fight at the same level in both. You can only do so much in each fight, you don’t do everything you know in each one. So I think I know enough to put on a good fight either way.
MW: Many successful jiu-jitsu fighters remove their kimono and enter the MMA scene. I have read that you also have such plans. Is it because of the money or is because you want to challenge yourself, or is there any other reason?
BE: It’s a little bit of everything, but for me the part that pushes me harder to fight is that I feel the need to represent my art in MMA, and I think I’m one of the bjj representatives who should do the first step forward. I feel like the representative of my tribe.
MW: Do you have a date yet for your first professional fight? Do you know which event it will be or are you still negotiating?
BE: I’m focusing on the ADCC at the main time.
MW: Changing subject a bit, how come you moved from Brazil to Europe?
BE: Up until my brown belt I was divided in teaching, training, working and studying engineering. So I came for a try out in London for anything. I spoke to Roger [Gracie] and Mauricio Gomes and what happened was that I went and took over the Gracie Barra Birmingham academy. Taking over the job that Mauricio started long time ago, before moving to London. I’m here for 7 years now and I’m very happy that I´m able to have as a job what is my passion and my hobby. Since I came here I could dedicate myself 100 per cent in bjj and the results came.
MW: Obviously Brazil dominates the jiu-jitsu scene around the world, but people outside Brazil are getting better and better every year. Americans for example have already managed to collect two gold medals in the most prestigious category in the Mundials; adulto black belt, thanks to BJ Penn and Rafael Lovato. You have lived in Europe now for quite a while, what do you think of the level of jiu-jitsu here? In how many years do you expect that we could have the first Mundial champion in the black belt adulto category?
BE: I’ve helped the growth of bjj in Europe and I’ve seen the project from very close. I guess in 5 years time we will have a contender to fight for medal in the main black belt division.
MW: Do you believe that Brazilian jiu-jitsu one day could become an Olympic sport? If so, do you think that the rules have to be adjusted in any way to make it more exciting to watch for people that doesn´t know the art? For example shorter fights and harder punishments for stalling?
BE: I think there will be no other way, bjj is growing so much and it´s proving its efficiency. You said everything with shorter fights and punishments, which would be the first step for a better understanding and excitement of the crowd.
MW: Have you done any special preparations for the ADCC competition, or has it been training as usual? What are your expectations for this competition?
BE: I have focused on designing my strategy for no gi according to the rules and everything. I have been doing as much training as I always do to compete in a high level competition. I can’t do anything more or otherwise I will get over trained [laughs].
I expect the ADCC to be the toughest event that I ever fought and I’m planning to be in my best physical, technical and mental shape for it.
MW: If you could give any advice to all of us that train jiu-jitsu, what would it be?
BE: Everyone passes through the ups and downs always, even us professionals. It´s normal and it´s part of the evolution of your game. Keep going, the road is full of excitement, obstacles and challenges. The best therapy for stress for sure.
MW: Any last words to your fans out there?
BE: I’m bringing about 50 people to support me at the ADCC. I’m game to put up a show with exciting fights. I can’t wait!
MW: Thanks a lot for your time Braulio and good luck at ADCC!