Weekend Preview: Wang Headlines Art of War, ADCC ‘09 in Barcelona & More


Andy Wang. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Tonight’s Strikeforce Challengers event on Showtime isn’t the only notable event taking place this weekend. China-based Art of War will hold its latest offering on Saturday at the Cotai Arena in Macao with “Ultimate Fighter 5” cast member Andy Wang headlining the event against Tsuboi Atsuhiro.

Other featured bouts include one of the newest member of Greg Jackson’s camp, Rolles Gracie, challenging K-1 kickboxer Peter Graham and Sengoku veteran Michael Costa facing highly-touted welterweight prospect Simeon Thoresen.

The complete card for the event:

Andy Wang vs. Atsuhiro Tsuboi
Rolles Gracie vs. Peter Graham
Daniel Madrid vs. Daijiro Matsui
Rodney Glunder vs. Antonio Braga Neto
Wang Sai vs. Lee Yong Jae
Michael Costa vs. Simeon Thoresen
Dai Shuang Hai vs. Arthit Hanchana
Vaughn Anderson vs. Kim Dong Hyun
Zhang Li Peng vs. Claes Beverlov
Dorjderem Munkhbayasgalan vs. Elyorbek Akbarov
Yao Quang vs. Jeong Soon Hak
Jason Schmidt vs. Kenichi Hattori

ADCC ‘09 Starts on Saturday

The 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship will kick off tomorrow morning in Barcelona, Spain. A total of five weight classes will hold matches in the men’s division while female competitors will have two choices.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, the 2005 ADCC Absolute Division runner-up will take on 2007 Absolute winner Robert Drysdale in the event’s annual “super-fight”. The list of competitors by weight division are listed below.

Under 65.9 KG: Rani Yahya, Kouhei, Yasumi, Rafael Mendes, Nicolas Renier, Timo-Juhani Hirvikangas, Ryan Hall, David Marinakis, Jayson Patino, Rubens Chales, Leo Vieira, Baret Yoshida, Jeff Glover, Hiroshi Nakamura, Justin Radar, Jeff Curran, Joel Tudor, Greger Forsell

Under 76.9 KG: Marcelo Garcia, Keita Nakamura, Murlio Santana, Marcelo Azevedo, Toni Linden, Don Ortega, Rodney, Ellis, Enrico Cocco, Kron Gracie, Pablo Popovich, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Milton Vieira, Bill Cooper, Ben Askren, Gregor Gracie, Leo Santos

Under 87.9 KG: Tarsis Humphreys, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Andre Galvao, Kassim Annan, Trond Saksenvik, Jason Selva, Igor Praporshchikov, Chris Weidman, Gunnar Nelson, Rafael Lovato Jr, Daniel Tabera, Braulio Estima, Bruno Bastos, Tom Lawlor, Jorge Santiago, James Brasco, Marko Helen

Under 98.9 KG: Alexandre Ribeiro, Yoshiyuki Nakanishi, Glover Teixeira, Dean Lister, Radek Turek, Andreas Olsen, Rafael Davies, Anthony Perosh, Gerardi Rinaldi, Rodrigo Henriques, Vinny Magalhaes, Vesa Vuori, Tomasz Szczerek, Marcio Cruz, Ricco Rodriguez, Illir Latifi

Over 99 KG: Fabricio Werdum, Kouji Kanechika, Antoine Jaoude, Tomasz Janiszewski, Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen, Asa Fuller, Denis Roberts, Tom DeBlass, Saulo Ribeiro, Rogent Lorent, Tom Erikson, Jeff Monson, Roberto Abreu, Gabriel Gonzaga, Karol Bedorf, Pele Miodrag

Women’s Under 60 KG: Sayaka Shioda, Megumi Fujii, Michelle Tavares, Laurence Cousin, Ina Steffensen, Hillary Williams, Luanna Alzuguir

Women’s Over 60 KG: Hannette Staack, Penny Thomas, Hitomi Hiraiwa, Rosangela Conceicao, Ida Hansson, Shanti Abelha, Lana Stephanac, Cristiane Santos

K-1 World GP 2009 Final 16 on HDNet

HDNet will feature live coverage of “HDNet Fights Presents: FieLDS K-1 World GP 2009 Final 16,” at the Olympic Gymnasium Arena in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, September 26 at 12:30 AM PT/3:30 AM ET. The event will also be replayed that Saturday evening at 11:00 PM ET.

The best 16 strikers in the world will meet in the opening round of this prestigious event. And, in one of the most anticipated first round match-ups, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem will face K-1 Legend and three-time World GP Champion Peter Aerts. Other featured first round fights include Badr Hari vs. Zabit Samedov, Jerome Le Banner vs. Japanese legend Musashi, and defending K-1 World GP Champion Remy Bonjaski vs. Melvin Manhoef.

In more first round action, K-1 Super Heavyweight Champion Semmy Schilt will also collide with impressive newcomer Daniel Ghita, Ewerton Teixeira takes on Singh Jaideep, Ruslan Karaev faces K-1 Heavyweight Champion Kyotaro, and Errol Zimmerman meets Glaube Feitosa. The winners will advance to the K-1 World Grand Prix Final on December 5 at the Yokohama Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

All Fighters on Weight for M-1 Challenge Playoff Semifinals

All 22 fighters scheduled to compete during Saturday’s M-1 Challenge Playoff Semifinals on Saturday made weight. You can watch the semifinals live on M-1Global.com start at 12:00 noon ET via Internet PPV. (not available in the U.S. or South Korea)

PRELIMINARY FIGHT
Akhmed Goseinov (162.69 lbs.) vs. Bakhruz Dzabarov (165.77 lbs.)

USA EAST VS. USA WEST
Ivan Jorge (154 lbs.) vs. Steve Magdaleno (154 lbs.)
Delson Heleno (167.2 lbs.) vs. Fabio “Negao” Nascimento (167 lbs.)
Gerson Dos Santos (176 lbs.) vs. Joao Asis (184 lbs.)
Chuck Grigsby (204.6 lbs.) vs. Spencer Hooker (204.6 lbs.)
Lloyd Marshbanks (256.7 lbs.) vs. Shane Del Rosario (235 lbs.)

ENGLAND VS. RUSSIA LEGION
Scott Hewitt (153,78 lbs.) vs. Yura Ivlev (153.12 lbs.)
Simon Phillips (166,6 lbs.) vs. Magomed Shikshabekov (164.78 lbs.)
Matt Thorpe (183.83 lbs.) vs. Ansar Chalangov (184.47 lbs.)
Lee Austin (203.72 lbs.) vs. Besiki Gerenava (203.61 lbs.)
Rob Broughton (247.7 lbs.) vs. Akhmed Sultanov (236.72 lbs.)

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