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.