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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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”.

Tarsis Humphreys

Tarsis-Humphreys-AllianceBorn in 1983
Home: São Paulo – Brazil
Style: BJJ
Team: Alliance
Division: under 87.9 Kg

One more BJJ rising star is joining ADCC Barcelona 2009: The champion of the first WORLD PROFESSIONAL JIU-JITSU CUP in Abu Dhabi, at his weight and at the open division. Also medalist at the last three CBJJ World Championships.

Tarsis is a veteran at ADCC. In 2007 he was third place losing at the semi-final in a very tight fight against the UFC and ADCC star Demian Maia (who after that became champion overcoming Flavio “Cachorrao” Almeida). Tarsis  is at the best moment of his career and is training hard to put his name in the select group of ADCC world champions.

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Rubens Charles Maciel

cobrinha-rubens-charlesNick name: Cobrinha
Born in 1979
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team: Alliance
Division: under 65.9 Kg

BJJ/ADCC record:
* 2nd place World Professional Jiu Jitsu Cup under 65kg  Abu Dhabi, UAE 2009
* 4 times CBJJ Featherweight World Champion
* 3 times CBJJ Pan American Champion – Gold in feather-weight and bronze in absolute 2009
* Capital Challenge International Featherweight Champion – Amman, Jordan 2008
* CBJJ Pan Jiu-jitsu No-gi Lightweight Champion – New York 2008
* 2 times CBJJ No Gi World Champion (Lightweight) – Los Angeles 2008
* Abu Dhabi 2007 Absolute Alternate Champion – Trenton 2007
* 2 times CBJJO World Cup Tournament Champion – Rio de Janeiro 2006
* CBJJO American Golden Cup Champion – Rio de Janeiro 2005
Rubens Charles
Rubens Charles is the biggest name at the BJJ feather-weight division nowadays. His achievements are only comparable to the legend Royler Gracie. They are both four times BJJ world champion in the same division, and now Cobrinha will start his path to try to be as successful in submission fighting as he is in BJJ, and maybe one day be a 3 times ADCC world champion like Royler.

Check his official site here.