Gregor Gracie

gregor gracie_2Born in 1986
Home: Brasil
Style: BJJ/submission fighting
Team: Renzo Gracie
Division: under 76.9 Kg

MMA record: 2 – 1 – 0

The Gracie family is still the reference when you talk about brazilian jiu-jitsu. First because they’ve developed the style to the higher level which conquered the world in the beginnings of the 90’s. Now Roger Gracie is dominating all BJJ tournaments in a way never seen before. Gracies, as everybody knows, are a huge family and their business is fighting. So they will always have big names at BJJ and MMA scene.

Gregor is one of the Gracie names we will hear a lot. He already have a successful career at BJJ and that starts to pop up at  MMA: With only 23 years old he has three MMA fights (2 – 1 – 0). Gregor is two times World champion, Brazilian champion, Pan-Am champion and two times National Teams champion. He basically won every major competition he has been!

This year Gregor is going to compete at under 77 Kg division at ADCC Barcelona 2009. This is the same division as Kron Gracie. It would be interesting to see two Gracie competing against each other… But for that to happen we can’t forget that they will, depending on the brackets, have to pass through names like Marcelo Garcia, Ben Askren and Pablo Popovich, which is a very difficult task for any fighter in the world.

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Luanna Alzuguir

luannaBorn in 1985
Home: Brasil
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Alliance
Division: under 60 Kg

BJJ record:
3 x Brazilian Champion CBJJ
7 x State Champion FPJJ
World Champion Weight and Absolute 2007 BCJJE
World Vice Champion 2008 CBJJ
World Champion 2009 BCJJ

Luanna was one of the great names at BJJ world championship held in the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach California this year. She is the perfect example that hard work is the best way to get to the top. And in her case, on the way to the top was Kyra Gracie.
It is very difficult and at the same time very stimulating for an athlete, specially a fighter, when you one day in your career face an icon of your sport. Kyra Gracie is the biggest name on Bjj for women now, but Luanna Alzuguir had to face her not one but two times: First time they fought, Kyra won in a very close fight winning only by two points earned in a take down very contested by Luanna. After that Luanna knew that they were to face again and she trained harder and told to anyone that would listen that she was going to get to the top , and she would rematch Kyra, and she was going to win. Her chance came this year at CBJJ World Championship at the  light-weight division final. As expected, Luanna did a flawless fight and brought the balance back by bringing the score to 1 x 1. ADCC Barcelona 2009 is a good chance to one of this two fighter step ahead again.

Take a look on the video below to see the hard work Luanna is doing for ADCC Barcelona 2009:

Talking about Cyborg…

robcyborg.gNow ADCC has in the card two Cyborgs, they are not related but  it is not a big coincidence they have the same nickname since in the fight community there is quite many people called Cyborg, Hulk, Rubber, Machine … and not mentioning the Brazilians, who realy like to giveand use nicknames.

Talking about Cyborg, Roberto Abreu is changing his weight division from -99kg to +99kg, we should expect an even stronger Cyborg this year at ADCC.

See you very soon in Barcelona!

New Chalenge for Cris Cyborg!

criscyborgmmaADCC 2009 News names and the top female MMA fighter Cris Cyborg in ADCC

ADCC has just confirmed that the top female fighter in the World in her weight Strikeforce Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” is competing in the +60KG division in ADCC 2009. Cyborg is coming of a great performance in which she defeaeted Superstar Gina Carano in the main event of the last Striforce.

Other competitors announced:

-99KG Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz – Pano is a former ADCC Champion and UFC veteran –

-99KG Renato “Babalu” Sobral – Sobral is a former Strikeforce Champion and ADCC veteran.

-87.9kg Gunnar Nelson. Iceland

-76.9kg Ben Askren. USA

In other news Roberto Abreu will move up to +99kg,

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Also announced was in theadditiion of current World Champion  Luanna Alzuguir. Brazil in the ladies -60KG category. With the two new names the ladies fields are now complete:

Females +60kg

+60kg

1. Hannette Staack. USA

2. Penny Thomas. USA

3. Hitomi Hiraiwa. Japan

4. Rosângela Conceição. Brazil

5. Ida Hansson. Sweden

6. Shanti Abelha. Denmark

7. Lana Stephanac. USA

8. Cristiane Cyborg. USA

Females -60kg

1. Kyra Gracie. Brazill

2. Sayaka Shioda. Japan

3. Megumi Fujii. Japan

4. Michelle Tavares. Brazil

5. Laurence Cousin. France

6. Ina Steffensen. Denmark

7. Hillary Williams. USA

8. Luanna Alzuguir. Brazil

Source: Kid Peligro/ADCC NEWS

Jeff Curran

curranNickname: The Big Frog-Jeff-Curran2
Born in 1977
Home: USA
Style: Boxing/Bjj
Team: Team Curran
Division: under 65.9 Kg

Jeff Curran is an American mixed martial arts fighter. He currently fights as a bantamweight in the World Extreme Cagefighting organization. Curran has also fought for several other notable fighting organizations including: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), PRIDE Fighting Championship, International Fight League (IFL), and King of the Cage (KOTC).

About competing at ADCC Barcelona 2009 the second degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Pedro Sauer said “I am really excited to train hard like i do for MMA for ADCC. Its all about stepping up for me and challenging myself,” said Curran.

source: mmamadnes.com

Hiroshi Nakamura

hiroshinakamuraNickname:  Iron
Born in 1981
Home: Tokyo – Japan
Style: Judo
Team: Tokyo Yellow Mans
Division: under 65.9 Kg

MMA Record: 7 – 3 – 4

Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida

yoshiyuki_yoshida_prevNickname:  Zenco
Born in 1974
Home: Tokyo – Japan
Style: Judo
Team: Tokyo Yellow Mans
Division: under 76.9 Kg

MMA Record: 11 – 3 – 0

Yoshida is an experienced 4th dan judo and MMA fighter, at ADCC Barcelona 2009 a he will face very difficult task since he is at the same division as Marcelo Garcia, GSP, Kron Gracie, Pablo Popovich and many others.

Zenko’s judo background and his MMA training  give him some good tools to be one of the top fighters at 76.9kg. He is extremely fast on his submissions and very difficult to put and control on the ground.

BIO:yoshida

In 2007, Yoshida has entered into a Cage Force welterweight tournament sponsored by the Worldwide Cage Network. In the opening round of the tournament he defeated two-time interim Pancrase champion Katsuya Inoue by knockout. Zenko went on to defeat Matt Cain in the quarterfinals and former Shooto champion Akira Kikuchi in the semi-finals of the tournament. In the finals, he defeated Dan Hardy by disqualification after being struck by a kick to the groin, becoming the first Cage Force welterweight tournament winner.

Since the tournament’s closing, Yoshida has been offered a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It was originally speculated that the winners of the Cage Force tournaments were to be selected to compete in the UFC’s active roster. Yoshida made his debut in the UFC at UFC 84, defeating The Ultimate Fighter 6 contestant Jon Koppenhaver by anaconda choke submission. He was scheduled to meet Karo Parisyan in September at UFC 88 but Parisyan pulled out of the bout only two hours before the weight-ins citing an injury. Yoshida then faced Josh Koscheck at UFC: Fight for the Troops on December 2008, a fight which he lost by  knockout in the 1st round. UFC reported “Tokyo’s Yoshida, who remained on the canvas while being tended to by commission doctors, was removed from the Octagon on a stretcher as a precautionary measure. He was later treated and released from a local hospital for a concussion”.

Yoshida won his last fight against Brandon Wolff at UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida on May 2009 by guillotine choke in the first round.

Yoshida is slated to fight at ADCC BARCELONA 2009 and Anthony Johnson at UFC 104

See you in Barcelona!