ADCC Committee continues to release invitees names, this powerhouse trio comes in with great credentials::
-87.9kg Rafael Lovato
-98.9kg Ricardo Arona
+99kg Saulo Ribeiro
Lovato was the fighter of the year 2 years ago, Arona is a former ADCC Absolute Champion and Superfight champion and Saulo a 2 times winner of the event.
Notice that Saulo is fighting with the giants! ! ! It is not the first time that Saulo fights above his weight, in ’99 he fought one weight division up and faced Jeff Monson in a monster final losing a tight decision after something like 40 minutes. It will be interesting to see how his speed and technique works against the heavies!
Arona returns to ADCC after a long hiatus, prior to that he was one of the most dominant grapplers in the history of the sport! It remains to be seen if there is some competition rust there!
Lovato goes back to ADCC with more experience and a World BJJ title now under his belt, this time he is fighting in his normal category as well. In ’07 he fought one weight division up to accommodate Saulo as they share the same division in ADCC, this time around Saulo is paying him back.