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2013 ADCC preview - -66kg

-66kg

Rafael Mendes (1st Quarter)
2X ADCC champion in 2009 & 2011
3X World champion in 2010, 2011 & 2012
2X Pan Am champion in 2012 & 2013

Joao Miyao (2nd Quarter)
1X World Champion (brown belt) in 2013
1X Pan American Champion (brown belt) in 2013
1X European Champion (brown belt) in 2013

Ricardo Vieira (2nd Quarter)
1X World Champion in 2001
5X World Champion (blue to brown) from 1996 - 2000
1X Pan American Champion

Rubens Charles (3rd Quarter)
4X World Champion in 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009
4X No Gi World Champion in 2007, 2008, 2011 & 2012
4X Pan American Champion in 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010

Marcio Andre (3rd Quarter)
1X World Champion (purple belt) in 2013

Augusto Mendes (4th Quarter)
1X World Champion in 2013
1X World No Gi Champion in 2012

MMA Fighters competing: Yuta Sasaki (11-1), Tetsu Suzuki (13-11), Timo Hirvikangas (7-2)

In one of the most open 66kg categories in years, the main contenders are 4 Brazilians in Rafael Mendes, Ricardo Vieira, Rubens Charles and Augusto Mendes. Rafael Mendes, the favourite, has won this category at the last 2 ADCC championships. He is also a 3X world champion and Pan Am champion for the last 2 years. In the other half of the draw is Rubens Charles, a 4X world champion, 4X no gi champion and 4X Pan Am champion. He has lost to Rafael Mendes in each of the last 2 ADCC finals. 2013 World Champion Augusto Mendes will provide stiff competition to Charles in the bottom half of the draw, and the returning 2001 World Champion Ricardo Viera will provide competition to Rafael Mendes in the top half. The dark horses of the tournament will be Joao Miyao, the best brown belt at 66kg, who is the brown belt champion in the 2013 World Championship, Pan Am and European Championship (although recently awarded his black belt). Also hoping to cause an upset will be 18 year old Marcio Andre, who is the 2013 World Champion at purple belt (now a brown belt).

Prediction: Rafael Mendes beats Rubens Charles
Dark Horse: Joao Miyao
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