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:
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 adccbarcelona.com, 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.