Joel Tudor

joel-tudorBorn in 1976
Home: California, USA
Style: brazilian jiu-jitsu
Team: Revolution
Division: under 65.9 Kg

joel-tudor-jiu-jitsuJoel Tudor is also a brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under former world champion Rodrigo Medeiros. He has won numerous brazilian jiu-jitsu titles such as the Pan Ams and US Nationals. Due to his skill on both longboards and shortboards, on big waves and small, Tudor is widely considered to be one of the best surfers alive, and is also known for being unusually open-minded with regard to the diverse equipment that can be used for wave riding. For the past six years Joel switched his focus in surfing and has been training BJJ at Rodrigo Medeiro’s studio in Pacific Beach. Tudor regularly spars with members of Medeiros’ BJJ Revolution Team and has won numerous tournaments on his way to earning a black belt in a freakishly short period of time.

“I basically won at every level of a belt. I won almost every time I competed.”

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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.

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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!

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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Kid Peligro Interview with Jeff Curran

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WEC star and Under 65KG competitor Jeff Curran is ready to go. Kid Peligro and ADCC caught up with Jeff for a quick interview:

How do you feel about getting invited to ADCC?
JC- I am so honored to be competing in ADCC.  I have always wanted the chance to compete in this tournament against the best in the world.  This is a chance for me to make up for many lost years of competing in grappling tournaments while I trained for MMA fights.

Do you think because you trained for an MMA fight will help or hurt your performance?
JC- I think that because of my history and my daily practice in Jiu-Jitsu that all the MMA training will not hurt my performance in the tournament.  I think I really stay in good shape, learn a lot about my ability during very high pressure moments in fights that will transfer over to ADCC.  However, I have put aside lots of my game and tricks that don’t work well in MMA so I am trying to re-invent myself along this next few weeks to make sure my BJJ is at its best.

What do you expect to do in this tournament?
JC-  I really have my eyes set on winning my first match.  If I can do this, all the pressure will be off me and I will open up during my next match and so on.  I am coming to win this tournament and have my heart set on that.

Who will be your coach? And what does he add to your game/performance?
JC- My coach, Pedro Sauer, will not be able to make it to coach me.  He has a very high profile seminar he was booked for way in advance.  I am hoping my friend Marcelo Garcia will be on hand to help if our brackets workout right.  If not, I am “coach-less” and doing this all alone.  I will perform my best either way.

Any last words?
JC- I want to thank Pedro Sauer for all the amazing years of instruction he has given to all of us in his association and on his team.  I want to thank the Gracie Family as a whole for sharing their families art with the world and setting the stage for my life.  I want to thank my wife Sarah, my family, my friends, my staff and students at Curran Martial Arts for all the years of unconditional support.  They are all amazing and I couldn’t do this without them.  I want to thank ADCC, Kid Peligro, Marcelo and Tatiana Garcia for also helping make this dream come true.  Can’t wait!

by Kid Peligro

source: ADCC News

Bill Cooper

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Nickname: The Grill
Home: California – USA
Style: BJJ/Submission Fighting
Team: Paragon
Division: under 76.9 Kg

We have seen some North-Americans competing at top level Bjj and Submission Fighting for the last years, people like Bj Penn, Rafael Lovato, Baret Yoshida, Dean Lister and some others did a great job because of their incredible talent, but we can’t forget that most of them have been many times to Brazil, staying their to train and compete, and some times for a long period.

Now you don’t need to go to Brazil anymore if you want to train with the best and compete against the best, most of the best Bjj fighters live now in USA and the most important tournament is there to, and the result for that is the new American generation that is coming with an amazing grappling game, they are not yet at their full potential but many of them like Ryan Hall, Jeff Glover, Justin Rader or Bill Cooper are very young, and when you see a fighters around 20 years doing what they are doing now and you think they are going to be at their best in four or five years you wonder what is going to be the future of Bjj and Submission Fighting.

Justin Rader

justin raderHome: Oklahoma City – USA
Style: Wrestling/BJJ
Team: Gracie Humaitá
Division: under 65.9 Kg

BJJ/Submission Fighting Record:

2008 – Grappler’s Quest All-Star Pro Challenge Lightweight Runner-Up

2008 – World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Brown Belt Featherweight Bronze Medalist

2008 – Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships 2nd Place Brown Belt Featherweight

2008 – Winter Wars Brown Belt Lightweight & Absolute Champion

2007 – Budweiser Cup Professional No-Gi Lightweight Champion

2007 – Battle of H-Town Professional No-Gi Lightweight Champion

2007 – NJGC Professional No-Gi Lightweight Runner-Up

2007 – Grappler’s Quest West Advanced No-Gi Champion, Featherweight Brown Belt Champion

2007 – World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Purple Belt Featherweight Champion

2007 – Elite Grappler’s Championship, Purple Belt Featherweight Champion

2007 – US No-Gi Challenge, Advanced Lightweight Champion

2007 – Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Purple Belt Featherweight Champion

2006 – Ground Control Championships Purple Belt Lightweight Champion, Advanced No-Gi Champion (shared 1st with teammate)

2006 – Elite Submission Championships Purple Belt Featherweight Champion, Purple Belt Absolute Champion, Advance No-Gi Featherweight Champion, Advanced No-Gi Absolute Champion

2006 – American National Championships Purple Belt Featherweight Champion

Justin Rader, or Rader as he is most commonly referred to, is one of the top lightweight BJJ & Submission Wrestling competitors in the country.

Rader has dedicated his life to the Martial Arts, wrestling since the age of 4 and training at Lovato’s since the age of 12. Rader has built a reputation as a fierce competitor, as well as being an excellent coach for the Lovato Team.

As a purple belt, Rader was a Pan-American & World Champion in 2007. Recently, as a Gracie Humaitá brown belt, Rader placed 2nd at the Pan-Ams & 3rd at the World Championships. Without the gi, Rader has had many great performances in professional tournaments, winning the Budweiser Cup Lightweight Pro Division and placing 2nd at the Grappler’s Quest All-Star Pro Challenge. Rader is also a Grappler’s Quest West Advanced No-Gi Champion and Brown Belt Champion. All this at only 21 years old, watch for Rader to develop into one of the world’s best.

Justin Rader competed in both ADCC USA trials coming in 2nd both times (-65.9KG) , however his performance caught the eyes of the committee and he receives an invitation to the big show.

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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