The ADCC 2011 Semi finals are looking hot. From Nottingham, England we've seen some great fights and match-ups you won't see anywhere else. Next we have the Absolute division and Renzo Gracie and Mario Sperry hit the mat in their Superfight prior to the Absolute finals. Here's a run-down on the fights remaining:
Rafael Mendes x Robson Moura Rubens "Cobrinha" x Jeff Glover
This fight is between the last ADCC's super-fight champion Ronaldo Souza vs the last ADCC's absolute champion Braulio Estima. Braulio is considered the local favorite having his ties to England, but Jacare has come off his recent loss to Luke Rockhold in Strikeforce.
After a bit of play back and forth, and Estima atempt at an arm drag to single leg which got Jacare on his back and from which he recovered back to his feet. Looked like Jacare was saving his energy for the long game while Braulio is keeping active. BE into the butterfly guard, with now Jacare trying to pass, Estima tries a footlack and Jacare escapes.
It's time for the ADCC 2011 in England on September 24th and 25th.
Here's the complete list of competitors
and we'll be providing coverage over the weekend.
-65.9kg Rafael Mendes Greger Forsel Marko Ramos David Marinakis Tetsu Hadairo Jeff Glover Bruno Frazzato Timo-juhani Hirvikangas Ryan Hall Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles Rani Yahya Baret Yoshida Robson Moura Denny Prokopos Tom Barlow
Mendes, Hall, and Corinha take the Mat at the ADCC
ADCC are off to a great start with the 66KG weight class.
In an uneventful match, Justin Radar won over Timo-Juhani Hiryikangas.
Rafael Mendes and Bruno Frazatto faced each other on the mat. Off the mat as training partners they proved just as good for a match up. Inevitably the 50/50 appeared with rampant footlocks, Mendes comes out on top with back control in points.
Guy Neivens from the ADCC responds to Royler Gracie's letter. Guy reveals more of the proposed deal and details surrounding the apparent fallout.
Mentioning "veteran matches" that would help promote the sport such as: Renzo Gracie vs Mario Sperry and the Royler vs Eddie match as a natual fit.
BJJ fans, grappling fans - it looks like it has come down to money plain and simple. It's good to see that $25K can be raised for a veteran match in this sport and hope other opportunities persist for the veterans like Royler, Renzo, Mario and Eddie.
Royler Gracie reported to Caleb at the FightWorrksPodcast.com (also a contributor to BJJ Legends Magazine). That he'll be fighting Eddie Bravo, most likely, at the ADCC 2011 championships in September 23-24 in England. Royler commented that everything has been worked out however no contract had been signed. Until the contract is signed, if you follow these superfights, anything can happen.
The 2003 ADCC match of Royler vs. Eddie was a huge upset where Eddie won the fight as a huge underdog.
Here's an email Royler sent to FWP that is also posted on the site.
The ADCC is world renown tournament of legend. This grappling tournament is now on it's 9th go-round and promotes the face that it will give out $206,600 in prize money. (Check out the prize breakdown below) Grappling legends, BJJ experts and champions come from around the globe to compete and are given entry via one of two ways. Compete in the regionals/country tournaments and earn a spot in your division or get invited.
The last North American qulifier comes to San Diego on March 12th. Calling all grapplers, get qualified at this tournement to fight in the ADCC World event in September in England. Check out the video of the gold medal match between Rafeal Mendes and Cobrinha, ADCC worlds 2009 below.
Those confirmed for San Diego include:
Joel Tudor JT Torres Scott Einstein Epstein
Don't miss your chance to qualify.
Location: San Diego, California, March 12th 2011 Arena: National Guard Armory (7401 Mesa College Drive) Event homepage & info:www.adccna.com