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Sambo vs Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Fedor Emelianenko to compete in 2009 ADCC Championships

Life as a competitor in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) just got a lot more interesting.

Current WAMMA heavyweight champion and four-time World Combat Sambo Champion Fedor Emelianenko has signed on to compete in the 2009 ADCC Championships according to


Fedor Emelianenko, after conquering the World of MMA, wants to show the world he is also the best submission grappler in the World. Fedor wants 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 two editions.

Anyone even remotely interested in grappling or submission fighting is sure to be excited at the prospect of seeing Emelianenko bring his formidable grappling skills to the world of ADCC.

Despite placing third last weekend in the semifinals of the 2008 World Combat Sambo Championships behind Bulgaria’s Blagoi Ivanov, Emelianenko has a total of 11 first place finishes in Sambo tournaments around the world, including four world titles.

He's also finished his last five mixed martial arts fights via submission, and will be a dangerous opponent for anyone on the mat.

As if that wasn't enough, 2008 Dream Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi will also throw his hat into the ADCC submission ring after going on an 11-0 tear in the world of mixed martial arts.

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Mousasi, 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 rematch with "Jacare" or facing current ADCC Middleweight Champion and rising UFC star Demian Maia.

The ADCC has always been a showcase of amazing talent and stunning submissions. Now with two of the worlds best fighters looking to prove their mettle, the 2009 ADCC Championship could finally answer once and for all: Who is the world's best submission grappler?

Fedor and Mousasi in the ADCC. What are their chances?

Let's hear it Maniacs.

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