A new year means the next round of action from the ADCC. The First World BJJ Pro 2009 – Abu Dhabi is slated for May 1st and 2nd.  2009 marks the 9th edition of the ADCC’s.  

Trials for the event will be taking place in mid January for the United States hopefuls, with events on both the east and west coast. Trials in Europe as well as Brazil will also be in January to decide who will be invited to compete in the ADCC’s.

The first ADCC took place in 1998 with humble beginnings and a limited amount of “submission fighters” from all over the world.  Word of mouth quickly spread as fighters returned home and told others about the high standard that was set, the equality of rules, and for the huge purses being paid to the winners.

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Fedor, Mousasi Compete at ADCC 2009

WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko and DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix winner Gegard Mousasi reportedly will compete at the famed Abu Dhabi Combat Club championships in 2009.

While Fedor may have failed to capture gold at the Sambo World Championships, the ADCC presents a golden opportunity to add to his non-MMA competition trophy case.

Fans and Critics may think Mousasi could be at a disadvantage due to his strong Kickboxing base. However, eight of his twenty four wins come via submission and he submitted Denis Kang during the DREAM Grand Prix.

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Drysdale ready to turn pro

Although BJJ phenom Robert Drysdale has had only one amateur MMA fight, apparently he’s ready to give it a go in the professional ranks.

The Fight Zone, Inc. sent out a press release today announcing that Robert Drysdale will be turning professional within MMA.

His announcement to turn pro is not surprising.  What’s even more surprising to some is he even bothered having an amateur MMA bout at all.

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