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!

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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

Marcio Cruz

pedepanoMarcio-CruzNickname: Pé de Pano
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