Drysdale is ready!

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After hearing about Roger Gracie’s injury and subsequent withdrawal from ADCC 2009, Superfight participant Robert Drysdale contacted Kid Peligro with his thoughts: “I am disappointed that I cannot fight against Roger. I have been training hard and was looking forward to a great match. But now that he is out I am issuing a challenge, bring it on! I want ADCC to select a great opponent, be it Fedor Emelianenko, Dean Lister, I don’t care. I will be ready for a great fight.”

Who will replace Roger?

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With Roger Gracie pulling out of the Superfight due to injury a host of top names are clamoring to take his spot. Two such top fighters contacted Kid Peligro today: Dean Lister and Ronaldo “Jacare”

Lister: “I just now finally heard Roger is out of Superfight. I really, REALLY would love the honor of replacing him after all I was also injured in 2007 as defending superfight champ and I was supposed to face Roger. I am undefeated in absolute and superfight. I am ready and strong and I will put on an exciting match for the world. Proud to be representing ADCC every day of my life.”

“Jacare”: “I’ve just heard about Roger’s vacancy in the Superfight. I want to let everyone know that I am ready to step in and fight. I lost to Roger in 2006 when he got the absolute taking the spot in the Superfight. I want the chance to fight Robert Drysdale and if I win perhaps I can have a rematch with Roger in 2009!”

Kid Peligro to ADCC News

Kid Peligro Interview with Jeff Curran

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WEC star and Under 65KG competitor Jeff Curran is ready to go. Kid Peligro and ADCC caught up with Jeff for a quick interview:

How do you feel about getting invited to ADCC?
JC- I am so honored to be competing in ADCC.  I have always wanted the chance to compete in this tournament against the best in the world.  This is a chance for me to make up for many lost years of competing in grappling tournaments while I trained for MMA fights.

Do you think because you trained for an MMA fight will help or hurt your performance?
JC- I think that because of my history and my daily practice in Jiu-Jitsu that all the MMA training will not hurt my performance in the tournament.  I think I really stay in good shape, learn a lot about my ability during very high pressure moments in fights that will transfer over to ADCC.  However, I have put aside lots of my game and tricks that don’t work well in MMA so I am trying to re-invent myself along this next few weeks to make sure my BJJ is at its best.

What do you expect to do in this tournament?
JC-  I really have my eyes set on winning my first match.  If I can do this, all the pressure will be off me and I will open up during my next match and so on.  I am coming to win this tournament and have my heart set on that.

Who will be your coach? And what does he add to your game/performance?
JC- My coach, Pedro Sauer, will not be able to make it to coach me.  He has a very high profile seminar he was booked for way in advance.  I am hoping my friend Marcelo Garcia will be on hand to help if our brackets workout right.  If not, I am “coach-less” and doing this all alone.  I will perform my best either way.

Any last words?
JC- I want to thank Pedro Sauer for all the amazing years of instruction he has given to all of us in his association and on his team.  I want to thank the Gracie Family as a whole for sharing their families art with the world and setting the stage for my life.  I want to thank my wife Sarah, my family, my friends, my staff and students at Curran Martial Arts for all the years of unconditional support.  They are all amazing and I couldn’t do this without them.  I want to thank ADCC, Kid Peligro, Marcelo and Tatiana Garcia for also helping make this dream come true.  Can’t wait!

by Kid Peligro

source: ADCC News

Talking about Cyborg…

robcyborg.gNow ADCC has in the card two Cyborgs, they are not related but  it is not a big coincidence they have the same nickname since in the fight community there is quite many people called Cyborg, Hulk, Rubber, Machine … and not mentioning the Brazilians, who realy like to giveand use nicknames.

Talking about Cyborg, Roberto Abreu is changing his weight division from -99kg to +99kg, we should expect an even stronger Cyborg this year at ADCC.

See you very soon in Barcelona!

Rogent Lloret, after a good job at M1 is time to rock at ADCC!

rogentlloretPreviously it was reported Demian Maia and Nate Marquardt who are fighting each other at UFC 102 are also confirmed (barring injuries sustained Saturday) for the ADCC Worlds in Barcelona. What has been overlooked for the most part is Rogent Lloret also fought this weekend and is confirmed as competing in the +99 kg division of the ADCC Worlds.

As noted on adccbarcelona.com Lloret is a black belt from Robin Gracie and is the 2009 European champion and is unbeaten in M-1 Challenge.

At M-1 “Breakthrough” Lloret’s MMA fight against wrestler Alexey Oleinik was ruled a draw, a bit surprising considering the way the fight unfolded. Lloret let Oleinik take him down repeatedly where the Spaniard was tenacious with submission attempts and showed great flexibility for a heavyweight. Russian Oleinik spent most of the fight in Lloret’s guard where he tried to ground-and-pound or earn a decision, in many people’s eyes earning a judges’ nod under MMA rules. Lloret only seemed to have trouble with the ring itself, backing up to avoid Oleinik’s takedowns attempts only to find himself in the corner ropes but otherwise played a strong strategy that could serve him well in Barcelona.

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Next up in just four weeks Lloret competes under ADCC rules where he doesn’t have to fight such a cautious strategy to defend strikes. Can Lloret do better in submission grappling rules against wrestlers arguably superior to Oleinik such as former champion Jeff Monson and Tom Erikson? How will he do against more accomplished BJJ competitors such as Saulo Ribeiro and Fabricio Werdum? Watch the ADCC Worlds and find out.  source: ADCC NEWS

New Chalenge for Cris Cyborg!

criscyborgmmaADCC 2009 News names and the top female MMA fighter Cris Cyborg in ADCC

ADCC has just confirmed that the top female fighter in the World in her weight Strikeforce Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” is competing in the +60KG division in ADCC 2009. Cyborg is coming of a great performance in which she defeaeted Superstar Gina Carano in the main event of the last Striforce.

Other competitors announced:

-99KG Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz – Pano is a former ADCC Champion and UFC veteran -

-99KG Renato “Babalu” Sobral – Sobral is a former Strikeforce Champion and ADCC veteran.

-87.9kg Gunnar Nelson. Iceland

-76.9kg Ben Askren. USA

In other news Roberto Abreu will move up to +99kg,

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Also announced was in theadditiion of current World Champion  Luanna Alzuguir. Brazil in the ladies -60KG category. With the two new names the ladies fields are now complete:

Females +60kg

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1. Hannette Staack. USA

2. Penny Thomas. USA

3. Hitomi Hiraiwa. Japan

4. Rosângela Conceição. Brazil

5. Ida Hansson. Sweden

6. Shanti Abelha. Denmark

7. Lana Stephanac. USA

8. Cristiane Cyborg. USA

Females -60kg

1. Kyra Gracie. Brazill

2. Sayaka Shioda. Japan

3. Megumi Fujii. Japan

4. Michelle Tavares. Brazil

5. Laurence Cousin. France

6. Ina Steffensen. Denmark

7. Hillary Williams. USA

8. Luanna Alzuguir. Brazil

Source: Kid Peligro/ADCC NEWS

Galvao wants gold!

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In 2007, André Galvão went back home with two bronze medals at the ADCC, defeating Mike Fowler and Alexandre “Cacareco”, but wants a different “color” this year. “I’m glad to be in ADCC this year, and I’m going there to be the champion”, guarantees the black belt, promising his best.

“I’m in a different category now and I won’t have to lose weight, I feel more comfortable with that. I think I’ll be well, because I’m training hard to get there 100% and be the champion”, said André, revealing that his next MMA fight might be in the USA.

“Nothing was confirmed yet, but I think I’ll fight in October or November in Strikeforce”, revealed the black belt, revealing that the training for ADCC will help him to be ready for the MMA fight. “I’m more focused in the MMA, but the training is quite the same and I believe the gas will make the difference now, helping me to explode and be better”, said. Stay tuned for more news on Strikeforce and ADCC.    source: www.tatame.com

Schedule

logoADCC 2009 Barcelona Spain

The offical shedule:

Saturday September 26th event starts at 11:00 AM
Sunday September 27th event starts at 12:00 PM

Ticket prices:
1 day 50 euro
2 day 80 euro

Tickets are available at Ticketmasters.

See you in Barcelona!

Are you ready?

Wild Card!!!!

The ADCC Barcelona 2009 is an event that can change the history of the fight events in Europe, this event is the most important fight tournament ever done in Spain, with the best team of fighters ever assembled in Europe.

We will publish wild cards to ADCC Barcelona 2009 every week, here are this week winners:

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-65.9kg

Leo Vieira

-76,9kg

Georges St Pierre

-87,9kg

Nate Marquardt

-98,9kg

Dean Lister

+99kg

John Olav Einemo


See you soon in Barcelona!

Dean Lister

The Hotel!

hiltonThe ADCC Barcelona 2009 is very proud to announce that the athletes and the staff are going to stay at the hotel Hilton Diagonal Mar, the hotel is 15 minutes away from the arena and also 15 minutes from Barcelona city center.

If you are coming to Barcelona for the sun, the beach is just 100m away and there is an open swimming pool if you don’t want to leave the hotel.

The hotel is at the newest area of Barcelona with many other hotels around and a big shopping mall just in front.

This map show the main hotels around the Hilton Diagonal Mar (F).


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See you soon in Barcelona!

El Local!

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El primero Español a estar confirmado al ADCC BARCELONA 2009 es Rogent LLoret, enhorabuena!!!

Es el luchador español en mejor forma física de la actualidad,  cinturón negro de BJJ de Robin Gracie y campeón europeo 2009. Ganó la selectiva europea para el mundial profesional ADCC de jiu-jitsu, invencible en el M-1 Challenge.

Además de ser un gran campeón, es una gran persona: humilde y guerrero sin par, Rogent LLoret está destinado a hacer historia dentro del BJJ, del submission fighting y de la MMA de nuestro pais.
Mucho entreno ahora para luchar con los mejores del mundo y ser una gran sorpresa para los que no lo conocen!

In English:

The first Spanish to be confirmed to the  ADCC BARCELONA 2009 is Rogent LLoret. Congratulations!

The fighter is the most successful Spanish in the present moment, this black belt in BJJ from  Robin Gracie is the 2009 European champion, winner of the European selective for the ADCC professional world championship in BJJ and unbeaten in the M-1 Challenge.

Besides being a great champion is a great person and humble warrior. Rogent LLoret is bound to make history in BJJ, submission fighting and MMA for our country.
He can be a good surprise for the local Catalans.

Interview with Lana Stefanac

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Lana is a heavyweight champion! This american from Trinity JJ defeated Kyra Gracie by 5 to 2 in the absolute final of the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship. She scored with a takedown and guard pass, while the Gracie scored with a sweep. Now welcome back to the ADCC!

How did you get into MMA and what is your experience with martial arts?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a lifestyle for me, I train usually twice a day every day if not hindered by injuries. I have a background in Aikido, and a little Kempo. BJJ is my blood, though.

I have fought all over the country in the following tournaments and run a record of (143-0-0) in gi, my professional no-gi and amateur no-gi record is (63-3-0).  I have never been tapped out thus far, my 3 losses were highly disputed technical losses, but to very experienced females, I have cleaned up one loss and look now to avenge the other 2.

I recieved my blue belt from Relson Gracie, and my brown from Randy Bloom.

How did you become the coach for an all-female fight team and can you tell me how many are on the team and what are some of your plans to compete?

We have right now about 20 girls, of them, about 3 or 4 I would put against the toughest females out there. I am working with some local promoters and friends who have been tireless in their efforts to work with my women by getting them into some pro fights.

How did you get your nickname LETHAL FORCE?

That nickname came I think from the 2006 PanAms, I smoked through all the females in my division mostly by tapout and mostly in less than a minute, people were saying I was “Lethal”, and the name followed me ever since. When I got into MMA, my record was still going around a minute or two by submission, so hence the “Lethal Force”.

What would you like to accomplish with your career?

I want to accomplish the exact same thing as any other pro female or male, to be the best at my game, and be able to make a living off doing what I love. My biggest goal is to get my black belt in BJJ and open up my own academy where I will specialize in training women fighters. Too often there is a stigma attached to females that they “slept” their way up to a black belt or into a show, I want to be that one female that other women can look up to and say “look she did it through hard work blood and sweat, so can I”. In the meantime, my dream is to acquire financial sponsoreship so that I can train hard all the time and focus on being the best of the best.
Single? Married? Kids? Can you give me a little information on your personal background.

I married to a Sgt. Detective who is extremely wonderful and supportive of all my wild training, figthing and traveling, whom without I could not be half the person I have become so quickly just this year alone. I do not have kids nor do I want them, but I love kids and I particularly love to teach children.

font: Lana Stefanac’s official web-site

UFC Heavyweight Gabriel Napao invited!

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The big stars are starting to receive their invites to round out the roster for the ADCC 2009, the traditional submission fighting competition to be held September 26 and 27, in Barcelona, Spain.

One to receive such an invite was Gabriel Napão, a fighter world titles and Jiu-Jitsu and one of the UFC’s standout heavyweights.

“I like competing in the ADCC a lot, I received an invite from the organization and I’m really happy for it. The dates doesn’t conflict with the UFC and I’ll be there again this year”.

Napao’s last appearance in the ADCC was in 2005, when he was runner-up in the over 99kg tournament. On the occasion, he was overcome in the final by Jeff Monson.

Besides the leader of Team Link, the invitation of another brazilian was confirmed. On expressing his desire to participate at ADCC 2009 to GRACIEMAG.com, Ricardo Arona was contacted by the organizers and received an official invitation from the event’s organizers.

Another much-anticipated presence is that of Fedor Emelianenko, as representatives for the Russian revealed the fighters desire to compete in the competition.

source: graciemag.com

COMPETITORS LIST

Stay tuned because we are going to have great news regarding the fighters who will join ADCC Barcelona by Wild Card!

MALE COMPETITORS

-65.9kg

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 east coast Trials winner)

7. David Marinakis. Australia (Pacific Trials winner)

8. Jayson Patino. USA (North American west coast Trials winner)

9-16 Wild card

-76.9kg

1. Marcelo Garcia. Brazil (ADCC World Champion)

2. K-taro Nakamura. Japan (Asian Trials winner)

3. Murilo Santana. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

4. Marcelo Azevedo. Italy (European Trials winner)

5. Toni Linden. Finland (European Champion)

6. Don Ortega. USA (North American east coast Trials winner)

7. Rodney Ellis. Australia (Pacific Trials winner)

8. Enrico Cocco. USA (North American west coast Trials winner)

9 -16 Wild card 2/4

-87.9kg

1. Damian Maia. Brazil (ADCC World Champion)

2. Kazuhiro Nakamura. Japan (Asian Trials winner)

3. André Galvão. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

4. Kassim Annan. France (European Trials winner)

5. Trond Saksenvik. France (European Champion)

6. Jason Selva. USA (North American east coast Trials winner)

7. Igor Praporshchikov. Australia (Pacific Trials winner)

8. Chris Weidman. USA (North American west coast Trials winner)

9 -16 Wild card

-98.9kg

1. Xande Ribeiro. Brazil (ADCC World Champion)

2. Yukiya Naito. Japan (Asian Trials winner)

3. Glover Teixeira. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

4. Radek Turek. Poland (European Trials winner)

5. Andreas Olsen. Norway (European Champion)

6. Rafael Davies. USA (North American east coast Trials winner)

7. Anthony Perosh. Australia (Pacific Trials winner)

8. Gerardi Rinaldi. USA (North American west coast Trials winner)

9 -16 Wild card ¾

+99kg

1. Fabricio Werdum. Brazil (ADCC World Champion)

2. Kouji Kanechika. Japan (Asian Trials winner)

3. Antoine Jaoude. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

4. Tomasz Janiszewski. Poland (European Trials winner)

5. Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen. Finland (European Champion)

6. Asa Fuller. USA (North American east coast Trials winner)

7. Denis Roberts. Australia (Pacific Trials winner)

8. Tom DeBlass. USA (North American west coast Trials winner)

9 -16 Wild card

SUPERFIGHT

Roger Gracie. Brazil vs Robert Drysdale. USA

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FEMALE COMPETITORS

-60kg

1. Kyra Gracie. Brazil (ADCC World Champion)

2. Sayaka Shioda. Japan (ADCC World Champion)

3. Megumi Fujii. Japan (Asian & Pacific Trials winner)

4. Michelle Tavares. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

5. Laurence Cousin. France (European Trials winner)

6. Ina Steffensen. Denmark (European Champion)

7. Hillary Williams. USA (North American Trials winner)

8. Wild card

+60kg

1. Hannette Staack. USA (ADCC World Champion)

2. Penny Thomas. USA (ADCC World Champion)

3. Hitomi Hiraiwa. Japan (Asian & Pacific Trials winner)

4. Rosângela Conceição. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

5. Ida Hansson. Sweden (European Trials winner)

6. Shanti Abelha. Denmark (European Champion)

7. Lana Stephanac. USA (North American Trials winner)

8. Wild card ¼

Everyone’s talking about Kyra Gracie!

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She’s got strength, the looks, brazilian jiu-jitsu and submission fighting skills, a pink kimono and the Gracie name.

The 2005 and 2007 ADCC champion and three times world champion, Kyra experienced a different sensation in 2009. Hitting the beam in weight and in the open class, the fighter left California with two silver medals in the bag.

By now, Kyra might be training harder then ever to get back on the highest place on the podium again in ADCC Barcelona 2009.

Good luck, go train hard and see you in Barcelona!