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ADCC 2009 looks pretty sweet

The ADCC has just released the roster for their semi-annual grappling tournament and they’ve got some pretty sweet names attached. Fedor and Mousasi are missing unfortunately (probably because of the shit he took losing in sambo earlier this year), but Georges St Pierre is back after ” target=”_blank”>getting totally punk’d in 2005 via flying armbar and Cris Cyborg will also be testing out her grappling chops. You can check out the full list of participants but here’s the people I’m going to keep an eye on:

  • Kyra Gracie
  • Hillary Williams
  • Megumi Fuji
  • Jeff Curran
  • Rani Yahya
  • Yoshiyuki Yoshida
  • Georges St. Pierre
  • Marcelo Garcia
  • Rousimar Palhares
  • Nate Marquadt
  • Damian Maia
  • Andre Galvao
  • Renato Sobral
  • Vinicius Magalhães
  • Ricardo Arona
  • Dean Lister
  • Jeff Monson
  • Fabricio Werdum

That’s across 7 weight class tournaments, plus a Roger Gracie vs. Robert Dysdale superfight. The most interesting potential fight for me: Nate Marquardt and Demian Maia are both competing in the -87.9kg category. This could be an interesting opportunity for Maia to even the score between them just a little. Plus I feel like I didn’t even get to see a Marquardt / Maia fight at UFC 102 so this could be a very awesome consolation prize.

The ADCCs are gonna be in Spain this year on the 26th and 27th of September. They’ve got a cool blog thing with all sorts of info on the competitors, I highly recommend checking it out.