Gabriel Gonzaga

Gabriel Napao GonzagaNickname: Napão (big nose)
Born in 1979
Home: Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
Style: brazilian jiu-jitsu
Team: Team Link
Division: over 99 Kg

BJJ record:
– 2006 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – heavyweight champion
– 2005 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – 2nd place (heavyweight)
– 2005 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – 3rd place (absolute)
– 2004 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship – heavyweight champion
– 2003 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – 2nd place (heavyweight)
– 2003 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – 2nd place (absolute)
– 2000 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship – 3rd place (heavyweight)

ADCC record:
– 2005 2nd place (over 99 Kg division)

Record of ADCC opponents:
Won: Mustapha al-Turk, Ricco Rodriguez, Marcio Cruz, Eduardo Telles
Lost: Jeff Monson, Xande Ribeiro

MMA record: 11 – 4 – 0 (55% wins by submission)

Gabriel Napao Gonzaga
Gabriel Napao Gonzaga

Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga holds his black belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu under Wander Braga. He is a former member of the famous Chute Boxe Academy. In 2004 Gonzaga won the Mundials which is considered to be the top BJJ competition in the world. He currently trains with Team Link in Massachusetts. Napão stunned the world on 2007 when he knocked Mirko “Cro Cop” out with a devastating head kick late in the first round after dominating him from the start. This victory earned Gonzaga a UFC Heavyweight Championship fight against the champion Randy Couture. Recently Napão delivered a beating to Chris Tuchscherer which led to a first round referee stoppage at UFC 102. He continues his quest for the top of the UFC heavyweight division!

Karol Bedorf

karol bedorfNickname: Coco
Born in 1983
Home: Szczecin, Poland
Style: submission fighting
Team: Szczecin Top Team
Division: over 99 Kg

MMA record: 5 – 1 – 0

karol bedorf x francis carmont
karol bedorf x francis carmont

Karol “Coco” Bedorf is a polish heavy weight mixed martial artist. He is following a four straight victories in MMA against very good fighters like Slavomir Molnar. Karol is a choke specialist and it’s not easy to handle his 112 Kg on the ground. He started in Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki and he fought in Pro Fight, having an important victory against Mindaugas Maskvytis by rear-naked-choke.

Jeff Monson

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Born in 1971
Home: USA
Style: Wrestling/Bjj
Team: ATT
Division: over 99 Kg

Submission Fighting Jeff monson stand offrecord:

ADCC World Submission Fighting Championships:

ADCC 2005 99+kg: 1st Place

ADCC 2003 99+kg: Quarter Finals

ADCC 2001 99+kg: 2nd place

ADCC 2000 88-98 kg: Quarter Finals, 2nd place Openweight
ADCC 1999 88-99 Kg 1st place

No-Gi Championships:

2007 CBJJ Black Belt SuperSuperHeavy: 2nd Place

2007 CBJJ Black Belt Open Weight: 1st Place

2007 Budweiser World Jiu-Jitsu Championships – Pro no-gi 1st place.

2006 Budweiser World Jiu-Jitsu Championships – Pro no-gi 1st place.

2004 Budweiser World Jiu-Jitsu Championships – Pro no-gi 1st place.

Jeff Monson is one of the most successful Submission fighters in the world with 2 golds and 2 second places at ADCC world finals, he also have an impressive MMA card with 31 wins (20 by submission)  in 39 fights.

His first important achievement in international grounds was the impressive victory at ADCC 1999 in Abu Dhabi, when he won over names such as Fabiano Capoane, Roberto Traven, Rigan Machado and Saulo Ribeiro, at this very same tournament the Brazilians, impressed with this giant bald very withe man, gave Monson his famous nickname, at the weight-in they were referring to him in Portuguese as the “Boneco de Neve” and then after he won his weight division the international media translated his nickname and he is now known as  “The snowman”.

Tom Erikson

tom eriksonNickname: The Big Cat
Born in 1964
Home: Illinois – USA
Style: Wrestling
Team: freelance
Division: over 99 Kg

Wrestling record:

– 1997 USA Senior Freestyle Champion

– 2 times NJCAA Collegiate Champion

– 1997 FILA World Championship Freestyle – 4th place

MMA record: 9 – 4 – 1

Tom Erikson chokes Tim Catalfo
Tom Erikson chokes Tim Catalfo

Tom “The Big Cat” Erikson is a veteran fighter with a wonderful record in freestyle wrestling in USA. He started competing for Triton College in River Grove, Illinois. Later, Erikson competed for Oklahoma State University, famous for its rich athletic heritage. In 1996 he started in MMA, when the rules were still not well defined. The Big Cat debuted in PRIDE in 1999 winning Gary Goodridge, but his most famous achievement was his victory over Kevin Randleman, The Monster. Erikson has also fought in K-1 and now he’s been invited to fight in ADCC in recognition for his career.

Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu

Cyborg_2Nickname: Cyborg
Born in 1980
Home: South Beach/Miami Beach-FL, USA
Style: BJJ & submission fighting
Team: New Generation
Division: under 98.9 Kg

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BJJ/ Submission Fighting record:
-South American BJJ Champion 2004/2006
-South American BJJ Champion 2004/2006  Open Class
-Pan American BJJ Champion 2001/2002/2008
-European BJJ Champion 2005
-11 times BJJ World Medalist.
-2 times Brazilian Wrestling Champion

Cyborg is a complete BJJ and Submission Fighting athlete. He is extremely good on throws, good passing and doing gaurd (specially half-gard). Good in submissions, physically very strong and with good stamina. This combination gave Roberto a possibility to win fights over names such as Demian Maia, Braulio Estima, Bill Cooper and Mike Fowler.
Abreu has an aggressive BJJ style and is used to compete in submission fighting tournaments. This year in Barcelona he is going to give his best to put his name at the  very selective group of ADCC world champions.

Rogent Lloret

rogent5Born in 1979
Home: Barcelona – Spain
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Fighting
Team: Gracie Barcelona & MMA Barcelona
Division: under over 99Kg

MMA Record: 7 – 1 – 0

Rogent Lloret was the first Spanish to be confirmed to the  ADCC BARCELONA 2009.

He is the most successful Spanish Grappler 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, last week he was appointed to join the M1 GLOBAL and is fighting August 29th in San Diego, California against the dangerous rusian Aalexey Olynyk.

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 Spain.
He can be a good surprise for the local Catalans.
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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.

Saulo Ribeiro

SauloBorn in 1974 in Porto Velho – Brasil
Home: San Diego, CA – USA
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Fighting
Team: Gracie Humaitá
Division: over 99 Kg

Saulo Ribeiro is a third degree blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a six time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion, and a two time ADCC Submission Fighting World Champion. He began his training in Rio De Janeiro under Royler Gracie, the son of Helio Gracie, at the legendary Gracie Humaitá. He received his black belt on November 27, 1995.

Saulo is known by his extreme versatility, he have fought and won all kind of grapplers, Olympic judo athletes, Olympic wrestlers and all top BJJ fighters of his generation. He is a very disciplined and wise competitor, he combines like no one else (maybe his brother Xande Ribeiro) technique, ability, physical training and strategy. This year at ADCC BARCELONA 2009 he will fight the division over 99kg, and even though he will be much lighter then his opponents he is always a very dangerous fighter.

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