Ilir Latifi

Ilir LatifiBorn in 1982
Home: Sweden
Style: wrestling
Team: Pancrase Gym
Division: under 98.9 Kg

Wrestling/ADCC record:
– Swedish national team wrestler
– ADCC 2005 European Trails winner

MMA record: 3 – 0 – 1

Ilir Latifi wins

Ilir Latifi wins

Ilir Latifi is a powerful swedish wrestler. He trains in Pancrase Gym and nowadays he devotes himself to MMA. He became known in the world of martial arts after destroying the ring in his fight against sambo fighter Blagoi Ivanov last year. The fight was declared no-contest. After that Ilir fought and won Roman Mihocka, Luis Silva and Darko Krbanjevi.

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Tomasz Szczerek

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Home: Poland

Style: submission fighting

Division: under 87.9 Kg

ADCC record:

2009 European Trials – 2nd place (lost to Radek Turek)

Watch the finals of the ADCC 2009 European Trials here.

Tomasz Szcerek recently won the most prestigious grappling tournament in Poland: Grappling Arena. Check the finals:

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi

Yoshiyuki NakanishiHome: Japan
Team: PRB
Division: under 98.9 Kg

MMA record: 5 – 1 – 0

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi x Shunsuke Inoue
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi x Shunsuke Inoue

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi is a mixed martial artist. He debuted in DEEP two years ago with a nice victory against Mamoru Nakamura. Nakanishi’s last fight was in M-1 Challenge against Akim Assenine. He won with a beautiful achilles lock in the first round.

Rodrigo Henriques Cavaca

rodrigo cavacaBorn in 1981
Home: Santos – Brasil
Division: under 98.9 Kg
Style: brazilian jiu jitsu
Team: Check Matt

BJJ ADCC record:
2009 european champion
2008 brazilian champion
2005 World Jiu Jitsu Cup
2005 brazilian champion
2004 World Jiu Jitsu Champion
2004 brazilian champion

Bio Rodrigo Henriques started training jiu jitsu in 1999. Since then he earned many great competitions including three times Brazilian Championship and the Mundials in 2004. Cavaca became famous this year after defeating Lucio Lagarto at the finals of the European Championship.

Ricco Rodriguez

ricco rodriguezNickname: Suave (smooth)
Born in 1977
Home: California, USA
Style: BJJ/Wrestling
Team: Machado JJ / American Fight Club
Division: over 99 Kg

ADCC record: 16 – 9 – 0

MMA record: 37 – 11 – 0 (60% of victories by submission)

Rodriguez is born in San José, California. He wrestled in high school while living in New York. He later moved to California and began training in the art of brazilian jiu-jitsu with Rigan Machado and Jean Jacques Machado. He competed and won many jiu-jitsu and submission fighting tournaments before moving on to MMA. In 1997, Ricco Rodriguez became the first american to win a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship. He won the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in the absolute (open weight) division in 1998. He fought many BJJ and submission fighting stars like Vitor Belfort, Murilo Bustamante and Marcelo Garcia.

Rodriguez x Bustamante

Rodriguez x Bustamante

In 1999 Rodriguez began his MMA career with a nice victory against Rocky Batastini. He later fought in the PRIDE Fighting Championship before moving on to the UFC – Ultimate Fighting Championship. In his huge MMA record, you can find victories against Gary Goodridge, Andrei Arlovski and Randy Couture. So respect him!

Vesa Vuori

adcc sm 2008 043Home: Turku – Finland
Style: BJJ/Submission Fighting
Team: FFG / Hilti
Division: Under 98.9 Kg

The Nordic invasion is coming, there are fighters from the northern European countries in all ADCC weight divisions, they are not famous at the world Bjj and Submission Fighting scenario but they are known as tough athletes, extreamly strong and with very good stamina. Vesa was second place at European Trials in Stockholm.

To know the potencial for the Finish athletes the video below shows Sauli Heilimo  from FFG/Hilti, the same academy as Vesa, at ADCC 2007 when he almost won the top fighter Flavio Almeida at the quarter final round.

Marcio Cruz

pedepanoMarcio-CruzNickname: Pé de Pano
Born in 1978
Home: Brasil
Style: BJJ/Submission Figthing
Team: Gracie Fusion
Division: under 98.9 Kg

ADCC Record:
2001 – Runner up
2003 – 1st place at over 99 kg division and 4th place at Absolute
2005 – Runner up
2007 3rd place at over 99 kg division

MMA Record: 6 – 2 – 0Susumu Nagao's Photograph

Márcio “Pé de Pano” Cruz (born April 24, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Third Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr.. He is also a professional mixed martial arts fighter and a world class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor. His nickname “Pé de Pano” was given to him by his friends at the Gracie Barra academy in Rio. The name “Pé de Pano” is the Portuguese version of the name of the Woody Woodpecker’s horse, Sugarfoot. As a MMA professional fighter, Marcio has fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, defeating former champion Frank Mir by TKO at UFC 57. He also holds a win over Keigo Kunihara at UFC 55. He lost a split decision to Jeff Monson at UFC 59, even tough he has defeated Monson 2 times before at grappling tournaments, one time at ADCC in 2003 and at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in Columbus, Ohio in 2005. Marcio second MMA loss was to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 66, in December 2006, by first round knockout. On June 2007 at IFL he defeated Rafael Feijao when Feijao used an illegal kick 18 seconds before the end of the 3rd and final round; Many spectators say that Marcio was winning all 3 rounds by unanimous decision. In June 2008 Marcio defeated Mu Bae Choi at Sengoku Third Battle via Submission (Triangle Armbar). In April 2009 He defeated UFC veteran Dan Christison by unanimous decision. Marcio says that his MMA career has just started, and now he is looking to go to the light heavy weight division and fight against the best 205lbs MMA fighters. Marcio’s accomplishments as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor are amazing. He is a 6 times Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, 5 times Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion, 8 times Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan-American Champion and the 2003 ADCC World Champion. He has also defeated many top athletes in grappling competitions, some of them being Ricco Rodriguez, Mike Van Arsdale, Roger Gracie, Gabriel Gonzaga, Paulo Filho, Fabricio Werdum, Xande Ribeiro, Marcelo Garcia, Saulo Ribeiro, Fernando “Terere” Augusto, Fernado “Margarida” Pontes and many others. Since Marcio started his Mixed Martial Arts career, he has been training MMA with Roberto “Gordo” Correa and he fights under Gracie Fusion team. Marcio last fight was in August 22, 2009 when he beat Tom Sauer via TKO in the second round. With this victory he won the World Fighting Organization heavyweight belt, being now the current WFO heavyweight champion.