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Saturday, September 12, 2009
The winner by submission of all his fights in the absolute division of the 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Fighting World Championships, Robert Drysdale now has earned a place in the featured Superfight in ADCC 2009, September 25-27, in Barcelona, Spain. His original opponent, however, Roger Gracie, the 2007 Superfight winner and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion many times over, was forced to withdraw from this match because of an injury.
It was just announced Friday by the ADCC Committee that the new opponent for Robert Drysdale in the Superfight will be the exciting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts star, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza. In his last appearance at ADCC, in 2005, Jacare won the 88 kg division but lost in the absolute finals to Roger Gracie.
We spoke with Robert Drysdale by phone about all this Friday evening. In this interview, we discussed the late change of opponent, how this affects his preparations for the Superfight, and what we can expect in this match with Jacare. He explained his ideas about the need for grappling to be entertaining, as well as better popularized. He also talked about his desire to fight regularly in mixed martial arts, as well as a recently publicized disagreement he had with mixed martial arts star Anderson Silva. We also covered many more topics, so stay tuned for a spirited and enlightening discussion.
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