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.”

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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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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Milton Vieira

miltonvieira3Nickname:  Miltinho
Born in 1978
Home: Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Style: luta-livre/BJJ/submission fighting
Team: Brazilian Top Team
Division: under 76.9 Kg

MMA Record: 9  – 6 – 1 (67% of victories by submission)

Milton Vieira has been invited to ADCC Barcelona 2009 because of his submission fighting agressive style. At ADCC Brazilian trials he was always fighting foward and taking risks. This luta-livre and BJJ black belt is famous for his arm-triangle and his anaconda-choke, the very same submission used at ADCC Absolute final in 2007 by Drysdale.

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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.

Braulio Estima

Braulio estima.Nickname: Carcará
Born in 1980
Home: Birmingham, UK
Style: BJJ & Submission Fighting
Team: Gracie Barra
Division: under 87.9 Kg

Braulio Estima is one of the favorites to win ADCC Barcelona 2009 in both under 87.9kg and the absolute division, he was silver medalist in 2007 losing in the final at a very technical 20 minutes fight against Xande Ribeiro.

Many BJJ and Submission fighters when they face a presumably dangerous opponent they forget the main idea about the submission competitions and they are satisfied by doing a point and hiding the rest of the fight, but when you see Braulio’s fights you can easily notice the difference, the “Carcara” is one of the athletes who fights with his heart and always goes to submissions doesn’t minding who the opponent is, and quite often he succeed, during the Pan American 2003 championships, Braulio took a total of less than 4 minutes and 40 seconds to win all six of his fights. A record that still stands in any official competition”-http://www.graciebarrabirmingham.com

BJJ Record:

Pan American Champion – 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006braulio2
European Champion – 2007, 2009
Absolute European Champion – 2009
ADCC Silver Medalist – 2007
Absolute World Cup Champion – 2006
World Champion – 2004, 2006
Champion of the International Team – 2003, 2007braulio
Champion’s Challenge BRAZIL X USA – 2003
3rd placed on the World Championship – 2003
Absolute World Champion – 2002
3rd placed on the World Championship – 2001

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.

Daniel Tabera

daniel tabera_fNickname: The Gladiator
Born in 1977
Home: Valencia, Cataluña
Style: MMA
Team: S.h.o.o.t Spain
Division: under 87.9 Kg

MMA Record:13-2-3

Much buzz has been made about Daniel “The Gladiator” Tabera. Widely recognized as Spain’s top MMA fighter, Tabera has put together an outstanding record against top international competition since becoming a pro in 2002. His win over Ron Faircloth in 2005 made him the first Spanish MMA fighter to win in the United States, a point of great pride for the young Middleweight.

Trained in boxing and full contact fighting from a young age, Tabera made the move to Valencia, Spain in 2002 to dedicate himself to MMA full time. Since then, he has emerged as one of Europe’s top MMA prospects. Equally adept on his feet or on the ground.

Kyra Gracie

kyra adccComplete name: Kyra Gracie Guimarães
Born in 1985
Home: Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Renzo Gracie
Division: under 60 Kg
Instructor lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda – Carlos Gracie – Robson Gracie – Kyra Gracie

BJJ/ADCC record:
* 2x ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion (2005, 2007)
* 3x World BJJ Champion (2004,2006,2008)
* 5x Pan American BJJ Games Champion (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007)
* 5x Brazilian BJJ Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004)
* 5x New York State BJJ Champion (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
* 1x Asiatic BJJ Champion (2006)
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Three times world champion, Kyra Gracie experimented a different sensation in 2009: Hitting the beam in weight and in open class, the fighter left California with two silver medals in the bag. She is one of the few Gracie women to achieve a black belt in BJJ, and is the first Gracie female to actively compete in the sport. She is currently living in the United States, where she is associated with the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York, and the Gracie Barra Academy in Lake Forest, California. She is also associated with the Gracie Barra Academy in Rio de Janeiro.
Kyra had an injury in the back last year. This is why she didn’t fight the Brazilian Championship, saving herself for the ADCC in September. She knows she’s going to meet tough fighters like Michelle Tavares and Hillary Williams.

About the BJJ World Championship 2009: “It isn’t just Luana Alzuguir that wants me. Everybody wants to beat me, right?”

Kron Gracie

kron gracieBorn in 1988
Home: California – USA
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Rickson Gracie
Division: under 76.9kg

Kron Gracie is a special kind of fighter. Everybody expects great achievements of him because he’s son of one of the biggest legends in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. Nowadays with the incredible development of BJJ, Submission Fighting and MMA it’s a lot of pressure for this 21 years old boy to do in a couple of years what many great fighters took a life-time to achieve.

When you see Kron figthing you start to understand why he’s a special fighter: He doesn’t hide under his name, instead he put his heart and his mind 100% on the tatami. He doesn’t look desperate to get on the top, he takes his time… Kron is getting better each tournament and you can also see that is a lot of hard work behind each victory. He’s not fighting to do some points and win at any cost, he is developing and opening his game. It’s impossible to know if he’s going to be the best BJJ and Submission fighter in the world, but he have a good chance to show his development at ADCC Barcelona 2009.kron

BJJ Record:

– 2009 European Champion

– 2008 Rickson Gracie Cup:
1st Place – Adult Middle Weight Division – Brown Belt
(4 matches, 4 submissions)
1st Place – Adult Open Division – Brown Belt
(4 matches, 4 submissions)

– 2008 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship – Carson, CA
1st Place – Adult Middle Weight Division – Brown Belt
(4 matches, 4 submissions)
1st Place – Adult Open Division – Brown Belt
(6 matches, 6 submissions)

– 2007 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship – Long Beach, CA
1st Place – Adult Middle Weight Division – Brown Belt

-2007 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship – Carson, CA
1st Place – Adult Middle Weight Division – Brown Belt

-2006 BJJ World Championships – RJ, Brazil – July 30th
1st Place – Adult Light Weight Division – Purple Belt
(6 matches, 6 submissions)

-2006 World Cup of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Niteroi, RJ, Brazil – July 20th
1st Place – Adult Light Weight Division – Purple Belt
(5 matches, 5 submissions)

-2006 Naga Championships – Chicago, IL – May 20th
1st Place – Adult Light Weight Division – Purple Belt
(4 matches, 4 submissions)

Rubens Charles Maciel

cobrinha-rubens-charlesNick name: Cobrinha
Born in 1979
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Alliance
Division: under 65.9 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record:
* 2nd place World Professional Jiu Jitsu Cup under 65kg  Abu Dhabi, UAE 2009
* 4 times CBJJ Featherweight World Champion
* 3 times CBJJ Pan American Champion – Gold in feather-weight and bronze in absolute 2009
* Capital Challenge International Featherweight Champion – Amman, Jordan 2008
* CBJJ Pan Jiu-jitsu No-gi Lightweight Champion – New York 2008
* 2 times CBJJ No Gi World Champion (Lightweight) – Los Angeles 2008
* Abu Dhabi 2007 Absolute Alternate Champion – Trenton 2007
* 2 times CBJJO World Cup Tournament Champion – Rio de Janeiro 2006
* CBJJO American Golden Cup Champion – Rio de Janeiro 2005
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Rubens Charles is the biggest name at the BJJ feather-weight division nowadays. His achievements are only comparable to the legend Royler Gracie. They are both four times BJJ world champion in the same division, and now Cobrinha will start his path to try to be as successful in submission fighting as he is in BJJ, and maybe one day be a 3 times ADCC world champion like Royler.

Check his official site here.

COMPETITORS LIST

Stay tuned because we are going to have great news regarding the fighters who will join ADCC Barcelona by Wild Card!

MALE COMPETITORS

-65.9kg

1. Rani Yahya. Brazil (ADCC World Champion)

2. Kouhei Yasumi. Japan (Asian Trials winner)

3. Rafael Mendes. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

4. Nicolas Renier. France (European Trials winner)

5. Timo-Juhani Hirvikangas. Finland (European Champion)

6. Ryan Hall. USA (North American east coast Trials winner)

7. David Marinakis. Australia (Pacific Trials winner)

8. Jayson Patino. USA (North American west coast Trials winner)

9-16 Wild card

-76.9kg

1. Marcelo Garcia. Brazil (ADCC World Champion)

2. K-taro Nakamura. Japan (Asian Trials winner)

3. Murilo Santana. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

4. Marcelo Azevedo. Italy (European Trials winner)

5. Toni Linden. Finland (European Champion)

6. Don Ortega. USA (North American east coast Trials winner)

7. Rodney Ellis. Australia (Pacific Trials winner)

8. Enrico Cocco. USA (North American west coast Trials winner)

9 -16 Wild card 2/4

-87.9kg

1. Damian Maia. Brazil (ADCC World Champion)

2. Kazuhiro Nakamura. Japan (Asian Trials winner)

3. André Galvão. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

4. Kassim Annan. France (European Trials winner)

5. Trond Saksenvik. France (European Champion)

6. Jason Selva. USA (North American east coast Trials winner)

7. Igor Praporshchikov. Australia (Pacific Trials winner)

8. Chris Weidman. USA (North American west coast Trials winner)

9 -16 Wild card

-98.9kg

1. Xande Ribeiro. Brazil (ADCC World Champion)

2. Yukiya Naito. Japan (Asian Trials winner)

3. Glover Teixeira. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

4. Radek Turek. Poland (European Trials winner)

5. Andreas Olsen. Norway (European Champion)

6. Rafael Davies. USA (North American east coast Trials winner)

7. Anthony Perosh. Australia (Pacific Trials winner)

8. Gerardi Rinaldi. USA (North American west coast Trials winner)

9 -16 Wild card ¾

+99kg

1. Fabricio Werdum. Brazil (ADCC World Champion)

2. Kouji Kanechika. Japan (Asian Trials winner)

3. Antoine Jaoude. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

4. Tomasz Janiszewski. Poland (European Trials winner)

5. Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen. Finland (European Champion)

6. Asa Fuller. USA (North American east coast Trials winner)

7. Denis Roberts. Australia (Pacific Trials winner)

8. Tom DeBlass. USA (North American west coast Trials winner)

9 -16 Wild card

SUPERFIGHT

Roger Gracie. Brazil vs Robert Drysdale. USA

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FEMALE COMPETITORS

-60kg

1. Kyra Gracie. Brazil (ADCC World Champion)

2. Sayaka Shioda. Japan (ADCC World Champion)

3. Megumi Fujii. Japan (Asian & Pacific Trials winner)

4. Michelle Tavares. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

5. Laurence Cousin. France (European Trials winner)

6. Ina Steffensen. Denmark (European Champion)

7. Hillary Williams. USA (North American Trials winner)

8. Wild card

+60kg

1. Hannette Staack. USA (ADCC World Champion)

2. Penny Thomas. USA (ADCC World Champion)

3. Hitomi Hiraiwa. Japan (Asian & Pacific Trials winner)

4. Rosângela Conceição. Brazil (South American Trials winner)

5. Ida Hansson. Sweden (European Trials winner)

6. Shanti Abelha. Denmark (European Champion)

7. Lana Stephanac. USA (North American Trials winner)

8. Wild card ¼