Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos

criscyborg3Nickname: Cyborg

Born in 1985

Home: Brazil

Style: Muay Thay/BJJ

Team: Chute Boxe

Division: Over 60kg

MMA Record: 8 – 1 – 0

The two best pound for pound female MMA figthers in the world will be at ADCC Barcelona 2009, under 60kg  Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii,  with her incredible record of 18-0-0, and over 60kg the we will have the pleasure to watch the most important female fighter in the history of  MMA, Cyborg will face a another great challenge fighting the best grapplers in the world, names like Penny Thomas, Lana Stefanac and Hannette Staack among others.Cris-Cyborg-289x300

After August 15th,when she astonished the world with an impressive TKO over Gina Carano in the last second of the first round at Strikeforce,  to everyone that watch the fight it is no question that Cris Cyborg is now the most dangerous  MMA fighter in the world,  the remaining question is if her grappling have improved enough to overcame the years of hard work in the tatamis and tournaments that the other ADCC fighters have on their back.

Bio:  Cristiane Justino Venancio Santos (July 9, 1985) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. She currently trains at the Chute Boxe Academy alongside her husband Evangelista Santos. Both she and her husband share the nickname “Cyborg”. On August 15, 2009, Santos defeated Gina Carano by TKO for the inaugural Strikeforce Women’s Lightweight (145-Pound) Championship, making her the first women’s champion in that promotion’s history.

While the 145-pound division is normally referred to as featherweight, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced at the post-fight press conference that Santos’s title will be the Strikeforce Women’s Lightweight Championship.


Lana Stefanac

lana stefanacNicknames: Lethal Lana, Lethal Force
Born in 1975
Home: California – USA
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Trinity Stefanac
Division: over 60 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record:
* ADCC 2009 North American Trials winner
* 143 – 0 – 0 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
* 54 – 3 – 0 No-gi
* 2009 Mundials Brown/Blackbelt Heavyweight Champion
* 2009 Mundials Brown/Blackbelt Absolute Champion
* ADCC 2007 Finalist
* 4x PanAm Gold Medalist

MMA record: 6 – 0 – 0 (66% of victories by submission)

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lana x kyra

Bio: Lana is a heavyweight champion! This american from Cleveland, California, 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 Gracie scored with a sweep. Now welcome back to the ADCC!

“My best way to combat that is to throw the best show that I can and fight as technically as possible so that when people leave they will always remember “that chick fight””.

Shanti Abelha

Shanti Abelha

Shanti Abelha

Born in 1981 (Rio de Janeiro)
Home: Copenhagen, Denmark
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: CheckMat
Division: over 60 Kg
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BJJ/ADCC record:
– ADCC 2008 European champion
– BJJ 2008 European champion
– 2 x World Championships BJJ champion
– 3rd place in World Championships BJJ 2009
– 2 x Scandinavian BJJ Open champion
– 2008 Båstad Brazilian Open champion
– 2008 Kaisho Cup and Kaisho Challenge champion
– 2008 Gameness champion

Bio: Shanti’s first contact with martial arts was in Capoeira, witch she trained for five years before trying Wing Tsun. As an engineer, she went back to Brasil for an internship and got hooked by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Shanti is fascinated by the physical/mental/psychological/tactical fusion she finds in ground fighting. She pays absolute attention to the physical part, doing powerlifning, kettlebells, sandbag exercises, running, rowing, body weight exercises, isolated exercises and anything which combines both strength and a high heart rate. Being a vegetarian, she takes extra care about her nutrition. When Shanti is not fighting, she works as a process consultant in the R&D department of a large biotech company.

Check Shanti Abelha’s official site here.

Ida Hansson

ida hansson 01ida hansson 02ida hansson 03Home: Sweden
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Arte Suave
Division: over 60 Kg
BJJ/ADCC record: ADCC 2009 European Trials winner

Ida Hansson made very well in ADCC 2009 Trials. She won the semi-finals against Arnela Hadzisulejmanovic by rear naked choke. The same day, in Fryshuset Stockholm, Sweden, she won the championship by points in a hard fight against the portuguese specialist Monica Fonseca. You can watch both fights below:

Rosângela Conceição

Rosangela Pan Am 2007

Rosangela Pan Am 2007

Complete name: Rosângela da Silva Conceição
Nickname: Zanza
Born in 1973
Home: São Paulo – Brasil
Style: Wrestling/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: São Bernardo
Division: over 60 Kg

Wrestling/ADCC record:
– ADCC 2009 South American Trials winner
– Competitor in Beijing 2008 (Wrestling)
– Bronze Medal Pan American Games 2007 (Wrestling)
– Competitor in Atlanta Olympics 1996 (Judo)

Bio: Rosângela is a Greco-Roman Wrestler and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. She started in Judo with her brother and made well enough to go to Olympics (Atlanta 96). “Zanza” changed to Greco-Roman Wrestling six years ago, competing in Pan American Games and Beijing Olympics. She is also a self-defense teacher and helps children with Dawn Syndrome in Brasil. Rosângela takes inspiration in Dalai Lama teachings and takes good care on her looks.

“Se conseguirmos lidar diretamente com nossos problemas e voltar nossas energias para descobrir uma solução, o problema pode ser transformado num desafio.”

Hitomi Hiraiwa

Hitomi Hiraiwa (Akano)

Hitomi Hiraiwa (Akano)

Previous name: Hitomi Akano (before marriage)
Home: Tokyo – Japan
Style: Judo
Division: over 60 Kg
BJJ/ADCC record: ADCC 2009 Asian & Pacific Trials winner
MMA record: 1 – 0 – 0 (submission)

Bio: In ADCC 2009 Japan Trials, Mizuho Sato aggressively went for a take down but Hitomi Hiraiwa countered with leg locks. When Sato came in for a single leg, Hitomi calmly grabbed the right arm for a kimura. And from there, Hitomi threw Sato then twisted the kimura even further for a quick tap out win. It was a complete domination by Hitomi!

Penny Thomas

penny thomasHome: South Africa
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Gracie Humaitá
Division: over 60 Kg
BJJ/ADCC record:

– 2009 Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Champion

– 2009  Open class 3rd place in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Championship

– 2008  2nd place in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Championship
– 2008 Grapplers Quest No-Gi Absolute Champion
– 2007 NAGA Hawaii, Advanced Gi & No-Gi Champion
– 2007 Pan American Champion
– 2007 ADCC Champion
– 2007 Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Champion

Penny started brazilian jiu-jitsu in South Africa more for the self defense aspects, but after her first class, BJJ became a big part of Penny’s life – from traveling to Brasil each year to train in Gracie Humaitá and compete, to managing South Africa’s first Brazilian Jiu-jitsu out of her garage, to eventually resigning from her full time job as a software developer to go on tour and become South Africa’s first BJJ World Champion.