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

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Jeff Curran

curranNickname: The Big Frog-Jeff-Curran2
Born in 1977
Home: USA
Style: Boxing/Bjj
Team: Team Curran
Division: under 65.9 Kg

Jeff Curran is an American mixed martial arts fighter. He currently fights as a bantamweight in the World Extreme Cagefighting organization. Curran has also fought for several other notable fighting organizations including: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), PRIDE Fighting Championship, International Fight League (IFL), and King of the Cage (KOTC).

About competing at ADCC Barcelona 2009 the second degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Pedro Sauer said “I am really excited to train hard like i do for MMA for ADCC. Its all about stepping up for me and challenging myself,” said Curran.

source: mmamadnes.com

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”.

Bill Cooper

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Nickname: The Grill
Home: California – USA
Style: BJJ/Submission Fighting
Team: Paragon
Division: under 76.9 Kg

We have seen some North-Americans competing at top level Bjj and Submission Fighting for the last years, people like Bj Penn, Rafael Lovato, Baret Yoshida, Dean Lister and some others did a great job because of their incredible talent, but we can’t forget that most of them have been many times to Brazil, staying their to train and compete, and some times for a long period.

Now you don’t need to go to Brazil anymore if you want to train with the best and compete against the best, most of the best Bjj fighters live now in USA and the most important tournament is there to, and the result for that is the new American generation that is coming with an amazing grappling game, they are not yet at their full potential but many of them like Ryan Hall, Jeff Glover, Justin Rader or Bill Cooper are very young, and when you see a fighters around 20 years doing what they are doing now and you think they are going to be at their best in four or five years you wonder what is going to be the future of Bjj and Submission Fighting.

Justin Rader

justin raderHome: Oklahoma City – USA
Style: Wrestling/BJJ
Team: Gracie Humaitá
Division: under 65.9 Kg

BJJ/Submission Fighting Record:

2008 – Grappler’s Quest All-Star Pro Challenge Lightweight Runner-Up

2008 – World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Brown Belt Featherweight Bronze Medalist

2008 – Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships 2nd Place Brown Belt Featherweight

2008 – Winter Wars Brown Belt Lightweight & Absolute Champion

2007 – Budweiser Cup Professional No-Gi Lightweight Champion

2007 – Battle of H-Town Professional No-Gi Lightweight Champion

2007 – NJGC Professional No-Gi Lightweight Runner-Up

2007 – Grappler’s Quest West Advanced No-Gi Champion, Featherweight Brown Belt Champion

2007 – World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Purple Belt Featherweight Champion

2007 – Elite Grappler’s Championship, Purple Belt Featherweight Champion

2007 – US No-Gi Challenge, Advanced Lightweight Champion

2007 – Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships Purple Belt Featherweight Champion

2006 – Ground Control Championships Purple Belt Lightweight Champion, Advanced No-Gi Champion (shared 1st with teammate)

2006 – Elite Submission Championships Purple Belt Featherweight Champion, Purple Belt Absolute Champion, Advance No-Gi Featherweight Champion, Advanced No-Gi Absolute Champion

2006 – American National Championships Purple Belt Featherweight Champion

Justin Rader, or Rader as he is most commonly referred to, is one of the top lightweight BJJ & Submission Wrestling competitors in the country.

Rader has dedicated his life to the Martial Arts, wrestling since the age of 4 and training at Lovato’s since the age of 12. Rader has built a reputation as a fierce competitor, as well as being an excellent coach for the Lovato Team.

As a purple belt, Rader was a Pan-American & World Champion in 2007. Recently, as a Gracie Humaitá brown belt, Rader placed 2nd at the Pan-Ams & 3rd at the World Championships. Without the gi, Rader has had many great performances in professional tournaments, winning the Budweiser Cup Lightweight Pro Division and placing 2nd at the Grappler’s Quest All-Star Pro Challenge. Rader is also a Grappler’s Quest West Advanced No-Gi Champion and Brown Belt Champion. All this at only 21 years old, watch for Rader to develop into one of the world’s best.

Justin Rader competed in both ADCC USA trials coming in 2nd both times (-65.9KG) , however his performance caught the eyes of the committee and he receives an invitation to the big show.

Ben Askren

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Born in 1984
Home: USA
Style: Werstling/Submission Figthing
Team: ATT
Division: under 76.9 Kg

Werstling record:

HS Achievements
2x State champion career record of 153-7
Runner-up NHSCA senior nationals
Junior national FS champion 2002, 4th place 2001
Cadet greco-roman 5th place 2000
Wisconsin state record most takedowns in a season
2x 371(1999-2000) 401(2000-2001)askren

College Achievements
2x National Champion
4x National Finalist
3x Big XII champion
4th most pins in NCAA Div 1 history (91)
2x Dan Hodge Award Winneraskren_195
2x Wade Schalles Award Winner
2006-2007 Big 12 Athlete of the year

Post Collegiate Career
2008 US Nationals Champion
2008 Olympian

Askren is the most decorated wrestler to ever come from the University of Missouri. He was a four-time NCAA finalist, winning the 174-pound crown for the Tigers in 2006 and 2007. Those same years he also won the Hodge Trophy as most dominating college wrestler. While at the Columbia, Missouri school, he scored at record-setting 153 wins, 87 coming consecutively during the course of his junior and senior seasons, 91 career falls and 29 single-season pins. He was also a three-time Big 12 champ.

Askren has taken this season off from wrestling and has focused on mixed martial arts. He’s won his first two fights and has another fight coming up later this month.  He also plans to compete in a big grappling event that is coming up in Europe.   source: www.examiner.com

“I got big news this mornign that I got invited to the Abu Dhabi Combat Championships, which is the biggest grappling tourney in the world. I am pumped, but I gotta get real good real fast or I wll get my ankle torn off. It will be in Barcelona on Spet 26.” http://www.benaskren.net/blog/post

Baret Yoshida

baret yoshidaNickname: The Finisher
Born in 1975
Home: San Diego CA – USA
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Fighting
Team: Undisputed
Division: under 65,9Kg

Baret has 13 years Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training and Coaching. A Black Belt under the world famous BJJ competitor and MMA fighter Egan Inoue from Grappling Unlimited, he also received his Purple Belt before that from Relson Gracie. He has competed and won in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since the mid-nineties. In 1996 he was crowned champion of the Uemura Cup. Baret is the 6 time Hawaii state BJJ Champion. This 3 time Grappling Unlimited Champion has also competed in the prestigious ADCC several times. He is the 2001 and 2003 ADCC Vice Champion.yoshida