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

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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.