Jeff Monson

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Born in 1971
Home: USA
Style: Wrestling/Bjj
Team: ATT
Division: over 99 Kg

Submission Fighting Jeff monson stand offrecord:

ADCC World Submission Fighting Championships:

ADCC 2005 99+kg: 1st Place

ADCC 2003 99+kg: Quarter Finals

ADCC 2001 99+kg: 2nd place

ADCC 2000 88-98 kg: Quarter Finals, 2nd place Openweight
ADCC 1999 88-99 Kg 1st place

No-Gi Championships:

2007 CBJJ Black Belt SuperSuperHeavy: 2nd Place

2007 CBJJ Black Belt Open Weight: 1st Place

2007 Budweiser World Jiu-Jitsu Championships – Pro no-gi 1st place.

2006 Budweiser World Jiu-Jitsu Championships – Pro no-gi 1st place.

2004 Budweiser World Jiu-Jitsu Championships – Pro no-gi 1st place.

Jeff Monson is one of the most successful Submission fighters in the world with 2 golds and 2 second places at ADCC world finals, he also have an impressive MMA card with 31 wins (20 by submission)  in 39 fights.

His first important achievement in international grounds was the impressive victory at ADCC 1999 in Abu Dhabi, when he won over names such as Fabiano Capoane, Roberto Traven, Rigan Machado and Saulo Ribeiro, at this very same tournament the Brazilians, impressed with this giant bald very withe man, gave Monson his famous nickname, at the weight-in they were referring to him in Portuguese as the “Boneco de Neve” and then after he won his weight division the international media translated his nickname and he is now known as  “The snowman”.

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Marcio Cruz

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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.

UFC Heavyweight Gabriel Napao invited!

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The big stars are starting to receive their invites to round out the roster for the ADCC 2009, the traditional submission fighting competition to be held September 26 and 27, in Barcelona, Spain.

One to receive such an invite was Gabriel Napão, a fighter world titles and Jiu-Jitsu and one of the UFC’s standout heavyweights.

“I like competing in the ADCC a lot, I received an invite from the organization and I’m really happy for it. The dates doesn’t conflict with the UFC and I’ll be there again this year”.

Napao’s last appearance in the ADCC was in 2005, when he was runner-up in the over 99kg tournament. On the occasion, he was overcome in the final by Jeff Monson.

Besides the leader of Team Link, the invitation of another brazilian was confirmed. On expressing his desire to participate at ADCC 2009 to GRACIEMAG.com, Ricardo Arona was contacted by the organizers and received an official invitation from the event’s organizers.

Another much-anticipated presence is that of Fedor Emelianenko, as representatives for the Russian revealed the fighters desire to compete in the competition.

source: graciemag.com