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ADCC NEWS - TOP 10 MMA Competitors - Debut of the NEW LIST...
Submitted by: ADCC NEWS / MMA Editor
Posted On 12/29/2003
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MONTHLY TOP TEN LIST RETURNS TO ADCC NEWS

For 2004, ADCC NEWS re-introduces it's TOP TEN MMA fighters list, to be updated monthly. A panel of 6 delegates (1 from each continent) contributed to the voting for ADCC's Top Ten. The 'unified' weight categories used in the USA to categorize the competitors, resulting in ratings for 6 weight categories.

END OF YEAR / DECEMBER 2003 - ADCC's TOP TEN MMA FIGHTERS

under 145 lbs.
#1 Alexandre 'Pequeno' Nogueira (Brazil)
#2 Norifumi 'Kid' Yamamoto (Japan)
#3 Jens Pulver (Team EXTREME, USA)
#4 Joao Roque (Nova Uniao, Brazil)
#5 Stephen Palling (USA)
#6 Tetsuo Katsuta (Japan)
#7 Ivan Menjivar (Costa Rica)
#8 Cole Escovedo (USA)
#9 Hiroyuki Abe (Japan)
#10 Jeff Curran (USA)

145.1 - 155 lbs.
#1 Vitor 'Shaolin' Ribeiro (Nova Uniao, Brazil)
#2 BJ Penn (USA)
#3 Duane 'Bang' Ludwig (USA)
#4 Yves Edwards (3rd Column, USA)
#5 Hermes Franca (American TOP TEAM, USA)
#6 Joachim Hansen (Team Scandinavia, Oslo, Norway)
#7 Takanori Gomi (SHOOTO, Japan)
#8 Genki Sudo (Japan)
#9 Matt Serra (Team Renzo Gracie, USA)
#10 Din Thomas (American TOP TEAM, USA)

155.1 - 170 lbs.
#1 Matt Hughes (Team EXTREME, USA)
#2 Carlos Newton (Canada)
#3 Sean Sherk (USA)
#4 Jutaro Nakao (Japan)
#5 Frank Trigg (USA)
#6 Robbie Lawler (Team EXTREME, USA)
#7 Ray Cooper (USA)
#8 Karo Parisyan (Team Gokor, USA)
#9 Chris Lytle (Integrated Fighting, USA)
#10 Nick Diaz (Cesar Gracie, USA)

170.1 - 185 lbs.
#1 Murilo Bustamante (Brazil)
#2 Anderson Silva (Brazil)
#3 Matt Lindland (USA)
#4 Kazushi Sakuraba (Japan)
#5 Evan Tanner (USA)
#6 Masanori Suda (SHOOTO Champion, Japan)
#7 Amar Suloev (Red Devil, Russia)
#8 Ricardo Almeida (Team Renzo Gracie, USA)
#9 Yuki Kondo (Japan)
#10 Denis Kang (Soares JJ, Canada)

185.1 - 205 lbs.
#1 Wanderlei Silva (Chute Boxe, Brazil)
#2 Randy Couture (UFC Champion, USA)
#3 Dan Henderson (USA)
#4 Tito Ortiz (USA)
#5 Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson (USA)
#6 Vitor Belfort (Brazil)
#7 Renato 'Babalu' (Brazil)
#8 Rich Franklin (Team EXTREME, USA)
#9 Ricardo Arona (Brazilian TOP TEAM, Brazil)
#10 Chuck Lidell (USA)

205.1 lbs and Up.
#1 - Emilianenko Fedor (Red Devil, Russia)
#2 - Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira (Brazilian TOP TEAM, Brazil)
#3 - Mirko Filipovic (Croatia)
#4 - Tim Sylvia (Team EXTREME, USA)
#5 - Josh Barnett (NJPW, USA)
#6 - Semmy Schilt (Holland)
#7 - Roman Zentsov (Red Devil, Russia)
#8 - Andrei Orlovski (Belarus)
#9 - Frank Mir (Pires JJ, USA)
#10 - Ibragim Magomedov (Red Devil, Russia)


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