Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) 2009 Barcelona quick results for Sept. 27

The Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) 2009 grappling competition and tournament from Barcelona, Spain, for Sept. 26-27, is officially in the books.

The big story of the day was 20-year-old Rafael Mendes upsetting early favorite Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles via points (3-0). After a high-paced and evenly matched opening, Mendes took command in the waning minutes and secured Charles' back to rack up the winning points.

Despite breezing through the quarterfinals (via slick flying armbar), former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 contestant Vinícius Magalhães fell to Alexandre Ribeiro in the semifinals. Mags however didn't leave the tournament empty handed, claiming third place in the Absolutes by outpointing Iceland's Gunnar Nelson.

"Xande's" win over Magalhães helped catapult him into the Absolute Finals, unfortunately an arm injury suffered during an inverted triangle escape brought a swift halt to the action and gave Brazil's Braulio Estima the win and a crisp $40,000.

Estima, who also claimed the -88kg Final over Andre Galvao, is now slated to face Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in a ADCC 2011 superfight.

Also taking home division bragging rights were current Strikeforce heavyweight Fabricio Werdum (+99kg), Pablo Popovich (-77kg) and Brazilian lady grapplers Hannette Staack (+60kg) and Luanna Alzuguir (-60kg).

Staunch mixed martial arts veteran Jeff "The Snowman" Monson, female fightmonger Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos and ex-WEC competitor David Avellan all placed third within their respective weight classes.

Fading mat technicians Ricco Rodriguez and Dean Lister tried to rebound from early exits on Saturday by throwing their hat into the Absolutes Tournament, but were once again bounced from the competition in the opening round.

Here are the ADCC 2009 quick results for Sept. 27:

Men's Absolute Final
Bráulio Estima (Brazil) def. Xande Ribeiro (Brazil) via arm injury

Men's Absolute 3rd Place
Vinicius Magalhaes (Brazil) def. Gunnar Nelson (Iceland) via points (3-0) in OT

Men's Absolute - Semifinals
Bráulio Estima (Brazil) def. Vinicius Magalhaes (Brazil) via points (7-0)
Xande Ribeiro (Brazil) def. Gunnar Nelson (Iceland) via kneebar

Men's Absolute - Quarterfinals
Bráulio Estima (Brazil) def. Marcelo Garcia (Brazil) via rear-naked choke
Vinicius Magalhaes (Brazil) def. Chris Weidman (USA) via armbar
Xande Ribeiro (Brazil) def. Andre Galvao (Brazil) via points (3-0)
Gunnar Nelson (Iceland) def. David Avellan (USA) via rear-naked choke

Men's Absolute Division - Opening Round
Bráulio Estima
(Brazil) def. Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen (Finland) via armbar
Marcelo Garcia (Brazil) def. Bruno Bastos (Brazil) via rear-naked choke
Vinicius Magalhaes (Brazil) def. Dean Lister (USA) via referee decision
Chris Weidman (USA) def. Antoine Jaoude (Brazil) via points (3-0)
Xande Ribeiro (Brazil) def. Ricco Rodriguez (USA) via kimura
Andre Galvao (Brazil) def. Tom De Blass (USA) via points (3-0)
Gunnar Nelson (Iceland) def. Jeff Monson (USA) via points (3-0) in OT
David Avellan (USA) def. Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu (Brazil) via referee decision

Men's +99kg (+218 lbs.) Final
Fabricio Werdum
(Brazil) def. Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu (Brazil) via points (9-0)

Men's -99kg (-218 lbs.) Final
Xande Ribeiro (Brazil) def. Gerardi Rinaldi (USA) via points (2-0)

Men's -88kg (-194 lbs.) Final
Bráulio Estima (Brazil) def. André Galvão (Brazil) via inverted triangle

Men's -77kg (-170 lbs.) Final
Pablo Popovich (Brazil) def. Marcelo Garcia (Brazil) via points (3-2)

Men's -66kg (-145 lbs.) Final
Rafael Mendes (Brazil) def. Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles (Brazil) via points (3-0)

Women's +60kg (+132 lbs.) Final
Hannette Staack (Brazil) def. Penny Thomas (USA) via kneebar

Women's -60kg (-132 lbs.) Final
Luanna Alzuguir (Brazil) def. Sayaka Shioda (Japan) via points (3-0)

Men's +99kg (+218 lbs.) 3rd Place Match
Jeff Monson (USA) def. Saulo Ribeiro (Brazil) def. via judges' decision

Men's -99kg (-218 lbs.) 3rd Place Match
Vinícius Magalhães (Brazil) def. Glover Teixeira (Brazil) via armbar

Men's -88kg (-194 lbs.) 3rd Place Match
David Avellan (USA) def. Rafael Lovato Jr. (USA) via leglock

Men's -77kg (-170 lbs.) 3rd Place Match
Gregor Gracie (Brazil) def. Keita "K-Taro" Nakamura (Japan) via points (10-0)

Men's -66kg (-145 lbs.) 3rd Place Match
Ryan Hall
(USA) def. Jeff Glover (USA) via points (3-2)

Women's +60kg (+132 lbs.) 3rd Place Match
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (Brazil) def. Rosângela Conceição (Brazil) via points

Women's -60kg (-132 lbs.) 3rd Place Match
Hillary Williams (USA) def. Laurence Cousin (France) via points (9-0)

Men's +99kg (+218 lbs.) Semifinals
Fabricio Werdum (Brazil) def. Saulo Ribeiro (Brazil) via judges' decision (2x overtime)
Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu (Brazil) def. Jeff Monson (USA) via points

Men's -99kg (-218 lbs.) Semifinals
Xande Ribeiro (Brazil) def. Vinícius Magalhães (Brazil)
Gerardi Rinaldi (USA) def. Glover Teixeira (Brazil) via points (5-0)

Men's -88kg (-194 lbs.) Semifinals
André Galvão (Brazil) def. David Avellan (USA) via points (2-0)
Bráulio Estima (Brazil) def. Rafael Lovato Jr. (USA) via kneebar

Men's -77kg (-170 lbs.) Semifinals
Marcelo Garcia (Brazil) def. Keita "K-Taro" Nakamura (Japan) via north-south choke
Pablo Popovich (Brazil) def. Gregor Gracie (Brazil) via points (3-0)

Men's -66kg (-145 lbs.) Semifinals
Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles (Brazil) def. Rani Yahya (Brazil) via armlock
Rafael Mendes (Brazil) def. Leo Vieira (Brazil) via rear-naked choke

Women's +60kg (+132 lbs.) Semifinals
Penny Thomas (USA) def. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (Brazil) via points (-1 to -2)
Hannette Staack (Brazil) def. Rosângela Conceição (Brazil) via points

Women's -60kg (-132 lbs.) Semifinals
Sayaka Shioda (Japan) def. Hillary Williams (USA) via armbar
Luanna Alzuguir (Brazil) vs. Laurence Cousin (France) via rear-naked choke

ADCC is an invitation-only event held every two years to determine the world’s best no-gi grapplers. Only 16 competitors in each of five weight classes plus the "absolutes" are selected, and it is widely considered the most difficult submission fighting event to qualify for.

For the opening round and semifinal results from yesterday (Sept. 26) click here.

(Special thanks to Chris Nelson over at Bloody Elbow for the compiling the results)

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