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ADCC 2009 Lineup Not Nearly as Awesome as Originally Reported

(Demian Maia won’t be going for his second-straight 87kg tournament sweep at this year’s ADCCs. Photo courtesy of GracieMag.)

On Monday, we oohed and aahed over the lineup for the 2009 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships, which, according to its official website, was slated to feature a horde of MMA stars. (Urijah Faber is now listed in the under 65.9kg category, by the way.) Well, it’s time to debunk some rumors. First off, Demian Maia:

Sherdog: Are you planning to go to the next Abu Dhabi Combat Club event?
Maia: No. Now, I’m just planning a 10-day vacation [Ed. note: That's like a half-day vacation for every second of work. Must be nice!], because I trained so hard for this fight, so I think it will be too close to compete at ADCC. I’m going to be in Europe for a series of seminars by that time, and I probably will go there to see the event. But I’m not going to compete because my priority is the UFC, and I must be 100 percent if I want to fight at the end of the year.

Then, more bubble-bursting from a couple of our twitter-buddies

As of now, Maia, St. Pierre, and Marquardt are still listed on, which seems like blatant false advertising. It’s not clear if the ADCC organizers should be blamed for jumping the gun or the fighters for flaking out, but if there’s anything we learned from the line of men’s girdles we were going to launch with Roy Nelson, it’s that you’d better get ink on paper before you start printing flyers.

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Twoguns- September 3, 2009 at 12:00 am
Damn this sucks.. I already have the two-day ticket.. Hope at least some fighters will be attending even if they are not competing..
Ed M- September 2, 2009 at 6:37 pm
Why is ADCC okay to compete in, as far as UFC contracts' exclusivity clauses are concerned? Not that I'm complaining.
ArmFarmer- September 2, 2009 at 10:28 am
I went to a wrestling camp once that advertised Royce Gracie as being a guest coach. It was a highschool camp with basically their team and like 5 guys from my team.. a total of like 20 people max. Needless to say Royce didn't attend, they said he had "ufc obligations". I wonder if they even knew Royce isn't a wrestler.

As for ufc guys competing at adcc.. would that really be good exposure? I wouldn't think having your champions and top fighters getting choked out by "nobodys" (as far as the casual fan is concerned) would be good for their image. I wouldn't call people trying to break your limbs "minimal injury risk" either.
Sneaky Pete- September 2, 2009 at 10:14 am
I'm going to SOOO pissed if HDNET broadcasts this event since they got tossed off my cable line up. Damn you Time Warner! Damn you all to hell!

I can understand Maia not fighting after getting chopped down like that. I wonder what the deal was with GSP? Did he renege on a verbal agreement, or is this a bait and switch move by ADCC? (Hey, and are we one hundred percent sure that ADCC isn't a dyslexic metal cover band?)
nuclearblast- September 2, 2009 at 9:01 am
If UFC guys are there it's because Dana let them's a nice exposure with minimal injury risk.
ArmFarmer- September 2, 2009 at 8:59 am
I could see gsp winning a lot of matches on points.. just off of his takedowns, strength, and sub defense. He probably won't be tapping out the elite guys though, but he could still go far.

By the way, how could any ufc guys compete? Wouldn't that be a breach of contract?
nuclearblast- September 2, 2009 at 8:51 am
Of course GSP is not a top contender. BJJ is probably is 3rd best skill after wrestling and kickboxing. He also doesnt have the shape of a good BJJ guy, his legs are too big.

On the other hand the guy learn fast and it will help his ground game to watch and compete there.

He also got nothing to lose.

If he loses he'll go home with more ground experience.

If for whatever reason he win he'll be more godly than god himself .
Smeewa- September 2, 2009 at 8:31 am
we dont get to see much of GSP's submission work cause he is always so good on his feet.

after the thiago alves fight wen he was (briefly) on his back he said he would normally work for a sub but cause his groin popped he had to go back to kick boxing the shit out of him.

id love to see GSP display his BJJ
One Two- September 2, 2009 at 7:39 am
I E-mailed HDnet fights and they actually wrote me back they said televising this was an idea thats been tossed around but they probabally wouldn't have enough time to put it together but maybe future ADCC will be televised.
Da Spied Her- September 2, 2009 at 7:27 am
But is Cyborg still going to compete? I want to see her get submitted.
gracie_nuthugger- September 2, 2009 at 7:11 am
Not nearly as awesome?

Only for UFC ball sucking idiots who think GSP is a BJJ god.
Nate is a solid pro fighter but not what you would call a world class guy.
Maia is a good BJJ for an MMA guy but the only of the three I would consider to be a top contender.

Of course, for nitwits who love their logo and see it as a symbol then yeah, not having them could probably kill your chubby.
PELF- September 2, 2009 at 6:53 am
oh damn it :/ i was thinking of going to barcelona, now i need to rethink it.

but i guess apart from demian maia all the best guys are still there, so it's not that bad (yet)
RPS13- September 2, 2009 at 6:51 am
so just throw some big names in there for publicity, and then "oh, no they won't be there" horseshit
BM2- September 2, 2009 at 6:47 am
Maia and Marquardt are clearly ducking Kaz-Nak. :D
C. Sample- September 2, 2009 at 6:43 am

One Two- September 2, 2009 at 6:24 am
damn you Dana, Damn you!