Quick notes and results from day one

Rômulo Barral quickly submits Denis Roberts with a footlock. Werdum submits Roger Lorent with a kimura from north&south. Saulo quickly jumps to halfguard against the much bigger Koji Kanechika working for the sweep. Gets it and passes the guard fast. After a long fight on the feet Thomasewski Janisz submits Antoine Jaoude with a rear naked choke after a long fight mostly on their feet. Saulo Ribeiro beats Koji by judges decision. Monsen jumps to halfguard and sweeps Karol Bedorf. Janne Pekka Pietelainen quickly submits Tom Erickson with an inverted heelhook. Monson beats Bedorf by points.

Roberto Abreu (Cyborg) working from his guard, trying to catch Tom DeBlass with triangles and sweeps but DeBlass looks very stable and calm. Asa Fuller submits Mike Martell with an armbar from mount. Cyborg almost gets guillotined by Tom de Blass. Cyborg escapes and wins by points. Radek Turek sinks a triangle and taps Rafael Davis with an armbar from the triangle. Xande sweeps Ilir Latifi. Vinicius Magalheas submits Rodrigo Henriques quickly with a heelhook. Xande beats Latifi by points.

Dean Lister jumps to guard and sinks a triangle on Andreas Olsen which forces him to tap. Perosh works to pass Pe de Panos halfguard. Perosh shoots and Pe de Pano spins for the back. Pe de Pano then quickly submits Perosh from the back. Glover Teixera passes the guard of what looks like a much bigger Vesa Vouri and wins by points.

Ricco Rodrigues is having a lot of problems against Tomasz Szczerek. Ricco is going for takedowns but doesnt get them. Ricco loses. Rinaldi beats Yoshiyuki by points. Galvão totally dominates Kassim Annan in the first minutes of the fight. But Kassim hangs in there bravely, reverses and almost passes the guard of Galvão. Galvão gets another takedown and wins by points. Galvão had to fight hard for that win.

Cris Weidman beats Dan Tabera by points. Bráulio takes down Yuji Arai, takes his back and submits him with a rear naked choke. Trond Saksenvik jumps to guard against David Avellan, who tries to pass. Avellan gets the the tap with a footlock. Tarsis jumps to guard against a huge Igor Praporshchikov. Lovato jumps to guard against Tom Lawlor. Tarsis is having a lot of trouble with Igor who looks very stable on top.

Lovato attacks with a heelhook but gets the sweep. Lovato wins by points. Tarsis wins on a judges decision being more active from below. Marcelo Garcia jumps to guard against Rodney Ellis and sweeps immediately. Passes the guard, mounts and taps him with a guillotine from the mount in under two minutes.

Bastos tries to sweep Jorge Santiago from halfguard. Brasco beats Gunnar Nelson on overtime in a very even fight.

Kron Gracie having trouble in the guard of Enrico Cocco, escaping Coccos constant leglock attacks. Santiago works on a kimura from top position as time runs out but Bastos wins by points. Azavedo passes the guard of Mike Fowler and gets sweeped just afterwards. Azevedo goes for a footlock and gets it. Kron gets the back of Cocco and submits him with a rear naked choke.

Milton Viera jumps to guard against Nakamura. Popovich gets a takedown right away, gets the back and submits with a rear naked choke. Milton Viera works for the sweep, but the japanese is stable on top. Ben Askren works to pass the flexible guard of Toni Linden. Askren finally manages to pass to north&south, then mounts and gets sidechoke. Nakamura gets Vieras back and advances.

Leo Santos jumps to guard on Yoshiyuki Yoshida and sweeps. Working for the pass. Getting the pass and then the back. Rani Yahya submits Kouhel Yasumi pretty fast. Leo Santos wins. Murilo Santana, winner of the brazilian qualifier jumps to guard, Gregor Gracie on top, trying to pass.

Jeff Glover gets a choke on Timo Juhani in less then a minute. Rubens Charles (Cobrinha) jumps to guard on Hiroshi Nakamura, working for the sweep. The World class surfer Joel Tudor jumps to guard with Renier Nicolas on top.

Cobrinha gets the back of Nakamura and after a scramble gets a beautiful armbar. Gregor almost passes the guard of Murilo Santana. Gregor almost gets a takedown. Tudor submits Nicolas with a triangle, repeating what he did to favorite Rani Yahya some weeks ago with the gi, showing that he is top level competitor in more then one sport.

Gregor Gracie passes the guard of Santana. Leo Viera gets a takedown on David Marinakis. Gregor gets the back of Santana and wins by points as time runs out. Leo Viera submits Marinakis with a guillotine.

Rafael Mendes sinks a triangle, tapping Jayson Patino pretty fast. Baret Yoshida and Justin Rader enters into a leglock war. Yoshida on the bottom with Rader in his guard. Ryan Hall beats Jeff Curran by points after a long fight that went into overtime. Rader now passes the guard of Yoshida. Scramble. Both get back to their feet. Baret initiates a takedown but ends up on his back. Rader gets another takedown and gets the win by points.

Hillary Williams Submits Megumi Fujii
Killary sbmts Megumi

Womens division starting. Hanette Stack submits japanese Hitomi Haraiwa with an armbar. Cyborg, the female vesion, submits Ida Hanson with an armbar in overtime. Veteran Megumi Fuji goes for a nice flying armbar, but doesnt get it. Her oppponent, Hillary Williams, looks really strong. Hillary gets the back of Fuji and submits with a rearnaked choke. Luanna Alzuguir sweeps, passes and submits Ina Stefensen with a guillotine.

Penny Thomas defeats Shanti Abelha
Penny beats Shanti

Sayaka Shioda beats Bianca Andrade due to minuspoints. Penny Thomas beats Shanti Abelha. Rosangela beats the huge Lana Stephanac after a tough and long fight mostly on their feet. Laurence Cousin beats Ana Michelle Dantas.

Rosangela Conceição beats Lana Stefanac
Zanza beats Lana Stefanac

Mens quarterfinals start. Werdum pulls guard against Thomazs. Janne-Pekka Pietelainen pulls halfguard against Monson.

Werdum sweeps and working to pass. Gets the back of Thomazs. Romulo Barral jumps to guard against Saulo. Saulo working to pass. Werdum wins by points. Saulo almost passing the guard of Barral. Janne-Pekka almost gets sweep on Monson, that has to run of the mat to defend the sweep. Saulo wins by points and advances to the semifinals. Monson couldnt pass the guard of Janne-Pekka, but wins due to one minus point. Vinícius Magalhães wins with a beautiful flying armbar on Pé-de-Pano, maybe the fastest submission so far in the tournament.

Lister sweeps Glover Teixera from halfguard. Cyborg totally dominates his opponent Asa Fuller on the ground. Cyborg wins by points. Dean Lister almost has the back of Teixera but looks more and more tired. Lister is now loosing. Xande beats Radek Turek. Glover Teixera beats Lister, who looks really disappointed.

Galvão gets a beautiful omoplata sweep on Chris Weidman, switches to an armbar, but Weidman defends well and gets out. Tarsis jumps to David Avellans guard. Galvão fights to get a sweep from the halfguard. After a scramble Avellan gets the back of Tarsis and submits him with a rear naked choke with only one arm.

Rinaldi beats Tomazs Szczerek with an anaconda choke. Weidman almost submits Galvão with an anaconda choke from the top. Puts a lot of pressure on Galvão, who is starting to look really tired. Braulio Estima pulls guard with James Brasco on top. The fight between Galvão and Weidman goes into overtime. Lovato pulls guard on Bastos. Galvão almost gets a takedown but lands on the bottom. Galvão sweeps and gets the back, attacking the arm. Weidman gets out again. Galvao gets another sweep. Galvão wins by points after a really tough fight.

Kron Gracie vs Marcelo Garcia. The whole arena is cheering and chanting. Garcia jumps guard. Bastos almost gets takedown. Estima wins. Lovato on Bastos back. Azevedo jumps to guard and sweeps Nakamura. Kron working  to pass Garcia’s guard as Garcia looks for sweeps. Lovato gets takedown on Bastos. Garcia almost gets a sweep but Kron sweeps back. Kron goes for guillotine and Garcia passes to sidemount with the head still locked inside the guillotine. Lovato beats Bastos on points. Garcia frees his head and almost passes the guard of Kron but doesn’t manage to establish position. Popovich jumps guard on Askren and quickly submits him with a figure four footlock. Garcia gets a takedown but stuck in guillotine again. Garcia gets out. Scramble. Kron is all of a sudden on Garcias back, but no hooks in. Times up, no points awarded so fight goes into overtime. Garcia gets early takedown and working to pass.

Nakamura beats Azevedo. Marcelo “Marcelinho” Garcia passes and submits Kron with a guillotine from the mount. The whole arena is standing up, clapping their hands due to the great fight between Kron and Garcia.

Cobrinha gets Tudors back. Glover sweeps Rani. Rani sweeps back and passes guard. Cobrinha submits with a rear naked choke. Gregor Gracie beats Leo Santos after a tough fight.

Leo Viera in Ryan Halls guard. Ryan with his flexible guard almost gets a triangle. Rafael Mendes gets a fast anaconda choke on Rader. Rani beats Jeff Glover by points .

Leo Viera is having alot of trouble passing the guard of Ryan Hall. Fight goes into overtime. Ryan Hall jumps to guard again. Leo passes guard but cannot establish position.  Ryan rolls to all four, Vieira on his back. Scramble. Back to thier feet. Leo Vieira gets a tight guillotine and Ryan Hall is forced to tap!

Jacaré do the alligator against Drysdale

Jacaré do the alligator against Robert Drysdale

Jacare vs Drysdale superfight! Jacaré gets takedown directly. Fight goes back to feet. Jacaré gets takedown again. Jacaré in Drysdales halfguard but cant pass. Back to feet again. Jacaré gets another takedown. Jacaré almost gets the pass this time. Drysdale retains guard. And back to feet again. Jacare gets a beautiful foot sweep, but nothing really happens as the fight hits the ground. Back to their feet. Drysdale being on the defense and a bit passive. Jacaré gets another inside sweep takedown, but they land outside the mats. Restart. Jacaré gets another takedown outside of the mats. Drysdale now goes for takedown, gets Jacaré back but falls to floor. Jacaré almost passing. Back on their feet. Little action. Drysdale goes for takedown again, gets reversed. Jacaré in Drysdales guard. Drysdale goes for sweep but doesnt get it.  Back to their feet. Drysdale shoots, Jacaré sprawls. Same thing again. Now Drysdale more active. Jacaré wins by points due to a takedown.

*notes by Marcus Widengren

*photos by Sebastian Valle

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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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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!

Pablo Popovich

pablo popovichBorn in 1979
Home: Ft. Lauderdale-Florida
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Fighting
Team: Team Popovitch
Division: under 76.9 Kg

BJJ/submission Fighting record:

2009 Grapplers Quest Pro Allstar Champion

2009 The Dog Fight Pro Jiu-Jitsu Champion

2008 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Champion

2007 World Jiu-Jitsu Champion

2007 World Submission Fighting ADCC – Finalist

2007 USA Team Trials Champion

2007 Atlantic Cup Superfight Champion

2005 World Submission Fighting ADCC – Finalist

National Champion USA- 10 times

Grapplers Quest Champion- 7 times

2003 North American World Submission Champion

2003 USA Team Trial Champion

Casca Grossa Pro division Champion

Music City Pro Division Champion

III Northeast Grappling Tournament Pro division Champion

Texas Submission Pro Division Champion

World Extreme Shoot Challenge XI Champion

World Extreme Shoot Challenge XII Champion

ICG Grappling Pro Champion

Popovitch became involved in BJJ as a precocious 5-year-old. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Popovitch began instruction at Barra Gracie School, where his teachers were the Machado brothers, Rigan, Carlos and Jean Jaques. “I knew early on that I wanted to be the best” Popovitch said. “I had my first tournament when I was eight. I defeated Carlinhos Gracie in the finals. He and I were really good friends, but we were very competitive on the mats.”
“I was always very close to the Gracie family because my father (Jorge Popovitch, 7th-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and Master instructor at Fort Lauderdale’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Center) had a great friendship with them. My aunt was married to Crolin Gracie. My cousins are Lyra, Kivia and Rullivan Gracie.”
The Popovitch’s moved to Florida in 1995 when Pablo was 15. He continued to study BJJ under Carlson Gracie. His training partners were members of the legendary Carlson Gracie Team and members of the current Brazilian top team. While attending high school in Florida, Popovitch was introduced to collegiate-style wrestling. His already accomplished skills at grappling lead to success and several offers from colleges to continue at the highest level of that sport. Popovitch opted instead to continue his devotion to his first love, BJJ.

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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)