FINAL RESULTS

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Mendes wins Cobrinha

Mendes wins Cobrinha

– 65.9 Kg:
Rafael Mendes
Rubens Cobrinha Charles
Jeff Glover
Ryan Hall

– 76.9 Kg:
Pablo Popovich

Marcelo Garcia
Gregor Gracie
K-Taro Nakamura

Estima wins Galvão

Estima wins Galvão

– 87.9 Kg:
Braulio Estima

André Galvão
David Avellan
Rafael Lovato Jr.

– 98.9 Kg:
Xande Ribeiro

Gerard Rinaldi
Vinícius Magalhães
Glover Teixeira

Werdum wins Cyborg

Werdum wins Cyborg

+ 99 Kg:
Fabricio Werdum

Roberto Cyborg
Jeff Monson
Saulo Ribeiro

WOMEN

Shioda wins "Killary"

Shioda wins "Killary"

– 59.9 Kg:
Luanna Alzuguir

Sayaka Shioda
Hillary Williams
Laurence Cousin

Penny wins Cyborg

Penny wins Cyborg

+ 60 Kg:
Hannette Staack

Penny Thomas
Cristiane Cyborg
Rosângela Conceição

Hurt Xande Ribeiro raises emotional Estima's arm

Crying, Braulio has his arm raised by hurt Xande

ABSOLUTE:
Braulio Estima

Xande Ribeiro
Vinicius Magalhães
Gunnar Nelson

*all photos by sebastianvalle

Ilir Latifi

Ilir LatifiBorn in 1982
Home: Sweden
Style: wrestling
Team: Pancrase Gym
Division: under 98.9 Kg

Wrestling/ADCC record:
– Swedish national team wrestler
– ADCC 2005 European Trails winner

MMA record: 3 – 0 – 1

Ilir Latifi wins

Ilir Latifi wins

Ilir Latifi is a powerful swedish wrestler. He trains in Pancrase Gym and nowadays he devotes himself to MMA. He became known in the world of martial arts after destroying the ring in his fight against sambo fighter Blagoi Ivanov last year. The fight was declared no-contest. After that Ilir fought and won Roman Mihocka, Luis Silva and Darko Krbanjevi.

Tomasz Szczerek

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Home: Poland

Style: submission fighting

Division: under 87.9 Kg

ADCC record:

2009 European Trials – 2nd place (lost to Radek Turek)

Watch the finals of the ADCC 2009 European Trials here.

Tomasz Szcerek recently won the most prestigious grappling tournament in Poland: Grappling Arena. Check the finals:

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi

Yoshiyuki NakanishiHome: Japan
Team: PRB
Division: under 98.9 Kg

MMA record: 5 – 1 – 0

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi x Shunsuke Inoue
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi x Shunsuke Inoue

Yoshiyuki Nakanishi is a mixed martial artist. He debuted in DEEP two years ago with a nice victory against Mamoru Nakamura. Nakanishi’s last fight was in M-1 Challenge against Akim Assenine. He won with a beautiful achilles lock in the first round.

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.”

Ronaldo Souza

Ronaldo “Jacare” SouzaNickname: “Jacaré” (alligator)
Born in 1979
Home: Manaus – Brasil
Style: brazilian jiu-jitsu
Team: Black House
Division: superfighter

BJJ/ADCC record:
2005 – ADCC (77 – 87 Kg) Champion
2005 – ADCC (absolute) 2nd place (lost to Roger Gracie)
2005 – World Jiu-Jitsu (absolute) Champion
2004 – World Jiu-Jitsu (absolute) Champion

MMA record: 10 – 2 – 0 (90% wins by submission!)

Some people say that, at the exact moment he was conceived by his parents, Jacaré already had one of the most important virtues for becoming the greatest name in jiu-jitsu: high quality genetics. ronuOwner of contusion-proof muscles, elastic strings, cat-like reflexes, a lumbar that resembles hydraulic suspension mechanisms, ankles as thick as his calves, forearms strong as a jeep, Ronaldo is no lab champion. He was born with all these potential resources, which have been lapidated in training all these years. That which gym-addicts try to achieve with anabolism, nature gave this descendant of blacks and Indians. The talent came as the tip. But besides body and ability, a jiu-jitsu exponent must have true warrior spirit, which life has inserted in Jacaré’s life in strange ways, especially during the athlete’s childhood and adolescence: Fighting and living have always been synonyms for Ronaldo. Conditioned for bearing adverse situation since birth, he lived in poor areas of Espírito Santo until the age of 14, when he had to abandon his parents and run away to Northern Brazil:ronaldo l

“I got into some heavy shit, crime and stuff, and went to live with my brother in Manaus” Jacaré told Gracie Magazine in 2003.

The stranger Jacaré got around as he could in Manaus. He worked even as a car watcher before getting acquainted with martial arts at 16, when he began training the judo-like jiu-jitsu of master Henrique Machado. Dedicating to a sport in order to overcome the difficulties of a tempestuous youth turned Jacaré into a man with an obstinate soul. He learned in practice the need to have willpower in life, of struggling for one’s desires, among other teachings that many fighters know but in theory. He knows exactly what to do at the moments of difficulty, has the instinct conditioned to react immediately, knows how to fight under pressure… Actually, he not only can, he loves doing it!ronaluta

“I get stimulated when fighting under pressure. I love when somebody tells me I am going to lose. It gets me energized. Gets me motivated”

There’s a triple foundation, composed of genetics, talent and warrior spirit, of current two-time world jiu-jitsu champion. Jacaré loves jiu-jitsu and, above all, he loves the way he practises it. He goes to trainings and tournaments just as happily as a surfer attending a tournament in Hawaii. This is his final hint:ron

“Find in Jiu-Jitsu whatever makes you happy and invest in it.”

font: Gracie Magazine

pictures from Sherdog

Gabriel Gonzaga

Gabriel Napao GonzagaNickname: Napão (big nose)
Born in 1979
Home: Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
Style: brazilian jiu-jitsu
Team: Team Link
Division: over 99 Kg

BJJ record:
– 2006 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – heavyweight champion
– 2005 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – 2nd place (heavyweight)
– 2005 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – 3rd place (absolute)
– 2004 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship – heavyweight champion
– 2003 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – 2nd place (heavyweight)
– 2003 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – 2nd place (absolute)
– 2000 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship – 3rd place (heavyweight)

ADCC record:
– 2005 2nd place (over 99 Kg division)

Record of ADCC opponents:
Won: Mustapha al-Turk, Ricco Rodriguez, Marcio Cruz, Eduardo Telles
Lost: Jeff Monson, Xande Ribeiro

MMA record: 11 – 4 – 0 (55% wins by submission)

Gabriel Napao Gonzaga
Gabriel Napao Gonzaga

Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga holds his black belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu under Wander Braga. He is a former member of the famous Chute Boxe Academy. In 2004 Gonzaga won the Mundials which is considered to be the top BJJ competition in the world. He currently trains with Team Link in Massachusetts. Napão stunned the world on 2007 when he knocked Mirko “Cro Cop” out with a devastating head kick late in the first round after dominating him from the start. This victory earned Gonzaga a UFC Heavyweight Championship fight against the champion Randy Couture. Recently Napão delivered a beating to Chris Tuchscherer which led to a first round referee stoppage at UFC 102. He continues his quest for the top of the UFC heavyweight division!