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

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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!

Kazuhiro Nakamura

kazuhironakamuraBorn in 1979
Home: Japan
Style: Judo
Team: Yoshida Dojo
Division: under 87.9 Kg
MMA record: 13 – 9 – 0
Bio: Kazuhiro Nakamura represents the Yoshida Dojo and is the protege of Judo legend and 1992 Judo Olympic gold medallist, Hidehiko Yoshida. A black belt under Yoshida, Nakamura is very well respected in the Judo community in his own right and, like his teacher, has chosen to display his Judo skills in the arena of mixed martial arts. In order to prepare himself and balance his fighting abilities, Nakamura has been cross training primarily in boxing. However, perhaps his greatest advantage as a competitor is his calm demeanor … Nakamura claims he is never nervous before a match.

Previous ADCC (2007) Final Results

The Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Championship is organized each 2 years.

Here are the results from the finals of the previous editions, ADCC 2007, in New Jersey, USA

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MEN

Superfight

Roger Gracie defeated Olav Einemo (Norway)

Absolute division

Robert Drysdale (USA) defeated Marcelo Garcia

Over 99 Kg

Fabricio Werdum defeated Rolles Gracie

Under 99 Kg

Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro defeated Braulio Estima

Under 87 Kg

Demian Maia defeated Flavio Cachorrinho

Under 76 Kg

Marcelo Garcia defeated Pablo Popovich

Under 65 Kg

Rani Yahya defeated Leo Vieria

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WOMEN

Under 55 Kg

Sayaka Shioda (Japan) defeated Felicia Oh (USA)

Under 60 Kg

Kyra Gracie defeated Tara LaRosa (USA)

Under 67 Kg

Hanette “Staack” Quadros defeated Kelly Paul (USA)

Over 67 Kg

Penny Thomas (South Africa) defeated Lana Stefanac (USA)