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Fedor, Mousasi in for ADCC 2009

(Hey, if he can do it to Captain Planet…)

Huge news for followers of competitive grappling — the Abu Dhabi Combat Club has announced that Fedor Emelianenko and DREAM middleweight champ Gegard Mousasi have been confirmed as participants for the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship:

Fedor Emelianenko, after conquering the World of MMA, wants to show the World he is also the best Submission Grappler in the World. Fedor want to make history and expand on the pioneer spirit of what Mark Kerr did in the late 90′s when he was the Champion of Pride and became the weight and Absolute Champion of ADCC and went on to defend his title in the Superfights for 2 editions.

Mousassi, the winner of the 2008 Dream Middleweight Grand Prix where he defeated former World ABJJ Absolute and ADCC middleweight Champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the final, also wants to test his ground skills against the top names in Submission Grappling. This sets up some humongous possible match-ups such as a re-match with “Jacare” or facing current ADCC Middleweight Champion and rising U.F.C. star Demian Maia.

In case you’re unfamiliar, the ultra-prestigious ADCC grappling tournament takes place every other year, and has attracted a wide range of MMA and jiu-jitsu legends. Its open-weight Absolute Division title has been won by Ricco Rodriguez, Roberto Traven, Mark Kerr, Ricardo Arona, Dean Lister, Roger Gracie, and Robert Drysdale (in 2007). Last year’s competition also featured Fabricio Werdum taking first place in the over-99KG division and the aforementioned Demian Maia grabbing gold in the under-88KG class.

Fedor’s involvement could attract even more big-name participants to the next ADCC championships, who want to see just how good Emelianenko really is on the ground when he’s not allowed to punch you in the head. The inclusion of Mousasi, on the other hand, is fairly odd since he’s known primarily as a striker and previously said that winning the DREAM middleweight GP was a stepping stone to achieving his “real desire…to also become the world champion in boxing.” But hey, we respect the kid’s ambition, even if he’s setting himself up to get worked by Jacare or Maia.

Date and location for the 2009 tournament are still TBA at this point.

Slightly related: This highlight video for Ronaldo Souza, which includes some of his sickest grappling tournament highlights.

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Anonymous- February 13, 2009 at 12:26 pm
Hey, "I don't understand", Anderson, Wandy, and Tim are unrelated. The Gracies are badass because they still teach some of the best jiu-jitsu in the world and are some of the best submission grapplers ever (Roger).

Fedor is not the best submission grappler in the HW div, "Fedor Rlues". Luckily, that isn't the only thing that matters. I would give the title of best HW grappler to Big Nog, Werdun, Mir, or Roger Gracie if he is a HW.
Anonymous- November 22, 2008 at 12:17 pm
haha, very funny "I don't understand" :P. And, as big of a Fedor fan as I am, he will not win adcc that is a whole other level of grappling and w/o strikes being allowed I think his game will not be up to the par these guys like Lister, Jacare, and Marcelo set.
I don't understand- November 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm
I don't get why everyone gives the Gracie family so much props. Sure they have alot of people in there family who fight, but what about the Silva family? They have Wanderlei, Anderson, Tim, Bigfoot, and thats just to name a few I checked it out on Sherdog and there were literaly hundreds of those mother fuckers, there dad must be a super fertile badass.
Fedor Rlues- November 21, 2008 at 6:23 pm
Fedor is gonna destroy at this thing! He is without a doubt the best sub fighter in the HW division. Anyone who can throw an arm bar on a dude like Hong Man Choi is an automatic black belt in JJ. This is gonna be awesome and when he wins all you Fedor haters will be licking my balls!
Anton- November 21, 2008 at 5:51 pm
Jacare bjj is the greatest I have ever seen, the flying armbar is sick and how bout the broken arm escape to win by points????
subo- November 21, 2008 at 6:44 am
That. Is. A great picture. Just like the one I saw on Bloody Elbow of him doing that to a bear after I suggested that fight would save Infection.
Poop Chute- November 20, 2008 at 10:14 pm
Earth! (rad beat) Fire! (rad beat) Wind! (rad beat) Water! (rad beat) Fedor! (heart isn't really an element)
Derly- November 20, 2008 at 8:50 pm
Captain Planet is not impressed by Alek's mullet.
Imbecile- November 20, 2008 at 8:30 pm
It will be interesting to see. Fedor should be good at shutting down the takedowns of some of his opponents, but he would be handled on the ground by guys like Roger or Xande. Or even Werdum if his fat ass gets in shape for it.

Who knows why Mousasi got an invite?! He doesn't have a chance, since his category is stacked!

I would love it if some of the past Absolute champions like Lister and Jacare would compete in the under 88-KG category. That would be one sick category, with Marcelo Garcia, Demian Maia, Lister and Jacare!!!
MMA FAN- November 20, 2008 at 8:12 pm
so when you see that tito ortiz vs matt hughes fight is actually an ADCC fight right?
Anon- November 20, 2008 at 8:00 pm
Sounds good, where do I sign up for this?