James Brasco

_jamesbrascoHome: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA
Style: wrestling/brazilian jiu-jitsu
Division: under 87.9 Kg

MMA Record: 5 – 2 – 0

Bjj/Submission fighting record:

2007 World Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt Champion

5 Times N.A.G.A Champion

USA Wrestling Grappling qualifier Champion

Planet Submission Absolute Champion

2nd  Place The “Good Fight” Pro-tournament(Delaware)

2nd in the BUD CUP Absolute Division

James Brasco – Wrestling Instructor and PIAA state runner-up (127-10 HS record). Other highlights of Jimmy’s career includes: Pennsylvania State Freestyle Champion, Cadet National Freestyle Champion, 100+ wins in College (div. 1), 3 times NCAA Eastern Regional Champion, Ranked #6 by Amateur Wrestling News at 167lbs., Olympic Trial Qualifier in FS, AAU Grand National Champion(freestyle, folk style), 5 times N.A.G.A Champion, Atlantic Cup Champion and USA Trials Grappling Competitor.

“I have always had an interest in styles versus styles type fights. I always felt the wrestler had the advantage due to our toughness and strength. I started doing BJJ to see what it was about. It was interesting to learn grappling from a different perspective. So I would enter tournaments when I lived In Pennsylvania and would do really well. Actually, my first grappling tournament was the Arnold Worlds in 2001. I entered the pro division and didn’t even know what a triangle was. I won my first match against some tough judo guy from Orlando, then I was winning against this brown belt and with a minute left he put me in a triangle. I went to pick him up to slam him and the referee told me not to slam him and I had to tap. I was sooo mad [laughs]. source : www.bloodyelbow.com


  • 2007 World Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt Champion
  • 5 Times N.A.G.A Champion
  • USA Wrestling Grappling qualifier Champion
  • Planet Submission Absolute Champion
  • 2nd  Place The “Good Fight” Pro-tournament(Delaware)
  • 2nd in the BUD CUP Absolute Division

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Jorge Santiago

Jorge SantiagoBorn in 1980
Home: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Style: brazilian jiu-jitsu
Team: American Top Team
Division: under 87.9 Kg

MMA record: 22 – 7 – 0 (60% wins by submission)

Jorge Santiago

Jorge Santiago

Jorge Santiago is a brazilian mixed martial arts fighter from American Top Team, based in Coconut Creek – Florida. He is the current Sengoku middleweight champion. Santiago holds notables wins over Jeremy Horn, Trevor Prangley, and Kazuo Misaki. Currently on a nine fight winning streak, he is ranked #7 in the world at middleweight according to Sherdog.com’s rankings.

Tom Lawlor

tom lawlorNickname: Filthy
Born in 1982
Home: Florida, USA
Style: Wrestling
Team: The Jungle MMA
Division: under 87.9 Kg

Wrestling record:
3x National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Champion

MMA record: 6 – 1 – 1 (50% of victories by submission)

Tom Lawlor chokes
Tom Lawlor chokes

A Massachusetts native now making his home in Orlando, Tom Lawlor was a three-time National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Champion for the University of Central Florida. After taking jiu-jitsu classes back home in Fall River, he began in MMA. His favourite grappling technique is the d’arce choke. Tom turned pro in 2007. After winning four of his next five fights, he earned a spot in the house for the 8th season of The Ultimate Fighter. He currently have a BS in Social Studies Education from the University of Central Florida. Lawlor have also taken classes towards a MA in Sports & Fitness. He used his college degree as a High School History teacher for almost 2 years.

Bruno Bastos

bruno bastosBorn in 1980
Home: Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
Style: brazilian jiu-jitsu
Team: Nova União
Division: under 87.9 Kg

BJJ record:
2004 World Cup – 3rd place light-heavyweight
2004 Copa do Brasil – light heavyweight champion
2002 World Cup – 3rd place heavyweight
2002 World Cup – 3rd place absolute
2002 Copa do Brasil CBJJO – Heavyweight Champion
Five times Brazilian Champion
Five times Rio de Janeiro State Champion

Submission record:
2005 Copa Cyclone – Champion
2003 ADCC Brazilian Trials – silver
2003 Submission Wrestling de Campos – Champion
2002 Interestadual de Belo Horizonte, Brasil – Absolute Champion
2002 Super Copa de Submission Niterói – Champion
2002 Desafio Duelo de Titãs – Champion
Desafio Stone – Champion
São João da Barra Submission Wrestling – Champion

MMA record: 0 – 2 – 0 (both by decision)

Bruno Bastos teaching in Finland

Bruno Bastos teaching in Finland

Bio: Bruno Bastos started jiu-jitsu as a child, in 1990, inspired by Aurelio Miguel‘s gold medal in 1988 Judo Olympics. He’s a Wendell Alexander black-belt, but studied with many good teachers, like Neury Gomes and André Pederneiras. Bastos became famous after winning Xande Ribeiro in the absolute finals of 2005 Rio de Janeiro State Championship. It was his tenth fight that day, but he won by 4×3. Bruno could have had a beautiful performance in ADCC 2005 California, but though he was specially invited by ADCC producers, USA embassy blocked his entrance.

Bruno is a Georges St. Pierre fan and use to train muay-thai to relax. He fought two times in MMA, loosing the last time to Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares by decision. Other idols of him are the F1 pilot Ayrton Senna and Nova União BJJ fighter Leonardo Santos.

“I focus my training on physical conditioning because fights at ADCC can end in draws and then go into overtime. There have been 20, 30 minute fights! Cachorrão and Jacaré once fought for 40 minutes! That’s why I focus on that part”


Gunnar Nelson

Gunnar_about2Nickname: Gunni
Born in 1988
Home: Iceland
Style: BJJ/Submission Figthing
Team: Mjölnir – SBG International/ Renzo Gracie Academy
Division: under 87.9 Kg

MMA Record: 5 – 0 – 1

BJJ/Submission Fighting record:

2009

2nd Place in Men’s Brown Belt Middle Weight at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009 (Mundials).

1st Place in Men’s Brown Belt Middle Weight at the New York International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009.

3rd Place in Men’s Brown Belt Open Weight at the New York International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009.

1st Place in Men’s Brown Belt Middle Weight at the Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009 in Carson, California.

2008

1st Place in Men’s No-Gi Expert Middle Weight at the North American Grappling Championship in New Jersey.

2nd Place in Men’s Gi Brown & Black Cruiser Weight at the North American Grappling Championship in New Jersey.

1st Place in three categories at the Icelandic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship; i.e. men’s Open weight, -88 kg and the team tournament.

1stPlace – 2008 Great Britain Grappling Open National Championship, men advance No-Gi, – 80 kg weight.

1st Place – Hawaiian Open Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, men advance No-Gi -176 pound (ca. -80 kg) weight.

2007

1st Place – Irish BJJ Open, men absolute.
1st Place – Irish BJJ Open, men purple belt.

1st Place – Mjölnir Open Mat 2007, men open weight.
1st Place – Mjölnir Open Mat 2007, men -81 kg weight.

2006

1st Place – Mjölnir BJJ Gi tournament, men open weight.
1st Place – Mjölnir BJJ Gi tournament, men -88 kg weight.

Gunnar has been offered to compete at the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) World Submission Fighting Championship that will be held in Barcelona, Spain, on the 26-27th of September. This is of course a great honor for Gunnar but as many people know ADCC is a competition held every two years involving professional athletes who have been successful at the highest levels of Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Sambo, Shooto and Mixed Martial Arts. The rules of the event disallow strikes while promoting grappling and submissions. However Gunnar’s normal weight class (-77kg) is completely full so Gunnar has been offered a place in the -88kg weight class. This will of course be a great challenge for the young Icelander who will not only be the least experienced fighter in the tournament but also undoubtedly the lightest in his weight class.

Originally from a Karate background, Icelandic youngster Gunnar Nelson has been setting the mats on fire since focusing on BJJ three years ago. The John Kavanagh brown belt has trained extensively with B.J. Penn and Renzo Gracie in the past. His big breakthrough came when he took gold at this year’s Pan-American BJJ Championship and silver at the World Championship. Next to that, his perfect MMA record seems just a side note, but it is further evidence of his excellence. source: www.gunnarnelson.info/

Originally from a Karate background, Icelandic youngster Gunnar Nelson has been setting the mats on fire since focusing on BJJ three years ago. The John Kavanagh brown belt has trained extensively with B.J. Penn and Renzo Gracie in the past. His big breakthrough came when he took gold at this year’s Pan-American BJJ Championship and silver at the World Championship. Next to that, his perfect MMA record seems just a side note, but it is further evidence of his excellence.

Tarsis Humphreys

Tarsis-Humphreys-AllianceBorn in 1983
Home: São Paulo – Brazil
Style: BJJ
Team: Alliance
Division: under 87.9 Kg

One more BJJ rising star is joining ADCC Barcelona 2009: The champion of the first WORLD PROFESSIONAL JIU-JITSU CUP in Abu Dhabi, at his weight and at the open division. Also medalist at the last three CBJJ World Championships.

Tarsis is a veteran at ADCC. In 2007 he was third place losing at the semi-final in a very tight fight against the UFC and ADCC star Demian Maia (who after that became champion overcoming Flavio “Cachorrao” Almeida). Tarsis  is at the best moment of his career and is training hard to put his name in the select group of ADCC world champions.

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Nate Marquadt/OUT

Nate MarquardtNickname: The Great
Born in 1979
Home: Colorado – USA
Style: Submission Fighting
Team: Jackson’s Submission Fighting
Division: under 87.9 Kg

MMA record: 28 – 8 – 2 (54% of victories by submission)

Other accomplishments:
* 2nd Degree Black Belt in Pancrase Mixed Martial Arts/Jiu-Jitsu
* Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Murgel
* 2002 Pancrase Spirit Tour Champion
* 2000 Ring of Fire Middleweight Champion
* 1999 World Vale-Tudo Federation Champion
* 1999 IMA Rumble In The Rockies Champion
* 1999 Bas Rutten Invitational 4 Lightweight Champion

Marquardt x Leites

Marquardt x Leites

Bio: Marquardt began his training in the martial arts as a teenager, studying the disciplines of brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing and kempo under instructor Alistair McNiven. Additionally, he took lessons in wrestling and eventually began training under brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor Ricardo Murgel at age 18. Active in sports throughout high school, he contends that he did not become involved in the martial arts until he saw footage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Although he is perhaps best known for his association with Greg Jackson’s Gaidojutsu mixed matial arts team, Marquardt has also trained with Sanae Kikuta and the Grabaka Dojo in Japan as well as american kickboxer and mixed martial artist Duane “Bang” Ludwig in Colorado. Marquardt runs an academy, High Altitude Martial Arts, located in Aurora, Colorado.
“I’m very blessed in my training. I have had all my team training with me for this fight. Keith Jardine. Georges St. Pierre, Rashad Evans, Joey Villaseñor, Elliott Marshall, Duane Ludwig, DeAndrey Abrahm, Vemo Phillips, Manny Perez and the UNC Wrestling Team have all helped me train for fighting. Everyday is different with MMA, grappling, wrestling, boxing, kickboxing and strengh/conditioning. They all teach me and oversee my training to make sure I am doing everything right.”
His trainers are Trevor Wittman, Greg Jackson, Mike VanArsdale, John Chaimberg and Ricardo Murgel among others. His favourite technique is the Marquardt Choke.