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In presence of Zayed bin Mohamed bin Zayed, inaugural Abu Dhabi Extreme Championship takes place at Mubadala Arena

by Dubaiforum

ABU DHABI, 21st October, 2023 (WAM) — In the presence of H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the inaugural Abu Dhabi Extreme Championship (ADXC 1) has taken place at Mubadala Arena, gathering elite athletes from around the world. The championship lived up to its promise of delivering an unforgettable spectacle for fight fans, as 28 top fighters graced the stage, providing an evening of aggressive play that will be etched in the annals of combat sports history.
With a jam-packed arena and an electrifying crowd passionately rallying behind their favorite fighters, the first-of-its-kind event marked the beginning of a global tour hosted by International Vision Sports Management (IVSM) as part of the ongoing Abu Dhabi Showdown Week. Fourteen exhilarating fights took place inside a custom-built octagon.
In a titanic showdown, Bellator fighter Neiman Gracie emerged victorious over the former UFC and WEC champion, Ben Henderson, in the No-Gi Main Event. Gracie, who proudly carries the legendary Gracie name and the legacy of his uncle, Renzo Gracie, squared off against Henderson, a multifaceted fighter known for his wrestling prowess and formidable guillotine. Gracie secured a remarkable victory via submission, further adorning his ever-expanding medal collection.
“ADXC is the new show that’s gonna take over grappling, and I’m happy,” Gracie said following his victory. “I’ve trained extensively under these rules, and it was an excellent match for me because I love chasing submissions. Given the three-minute time limit, I was determined to give it my all-in pursuit of the finish. It was a fantastic experience.”
He added, “Fighting someone like Benson, who is lightning fast and explosive with his movement, I knew he would be a hard guy to finish. But I was determined to finish, which is why I continuously pursued the submission. Since we only had three minutes, I aimed to attempt the finish ten times in those three minutes. If it didn’t work ten times, I’d have gone for twenty.”
The Gi Main Event also featured a fierce rivalry as DreamArt leader Isaque Bahiense emerged victorious over Atos’ Gustavo Batista. Bahiense, who had previously bested Batista in prior encounters, reaffirmed his dominance, while Batista sought redemption, making it an epic clash that showcased the pinnacle of jiu-jitsu. Bahiense said, “Our goal was to play to our strengths; he knows his game well, and I refrained from playing into his pressure. It was a tough contest, but I came out on top.”
Former Venator FC Welterweight Champion and UFC middleweight contender Marvin Vettori went head-to-head with the relentless Tarek Suleiman, renowned for his No-Gi submission skills, in the Co-Main Event. Vettori emerged victorious after a hard-fought battle, earning a unanimous decision.
In another riveting No-Gi Co-Main Event, Fight Sports leader Roberto Cyborg Abreu locked horns with Australian black belt Anton Minenko in a contest that displayed the raw power and skill of these world-class athletes. Cyborg secured victory through a unanimous decision after five intense rounds, but Minenko’s unwavering determination promises an exciting future for this rising star in the sport.
ADXC 1 left fans craving more, with each fight delivering non-stop action and excitement. The fusion of jiu-jitsu and MMA, combined with the incredible skills and tenacity of the fighters, ensured that this event will be etched in history as a momentous occasion in the world of combat sports.
The championship was graced by the presence of a range of esteemed personalities, including Sheikh Hamdan bin Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Sheikh Abdullah bin Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Mohammed bin Saeed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Theyab bin Saeed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, H.E Saleh Mohamed Saleh Al Geziry, Director-General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi; H.E. Brigadier Mohammed Bin Dalmouj Al Dhaheri, board member of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, H.E Mansour Al Dhaheri, board member of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, H.E. Saeed Hareb, Secretary General, Dubai Sports Council, Kerrith Brown, IMMAF President, and Tariq Al Bahri, General Manager of IVSM. Renowned MMA fighters Alexander Volkanovski and Belal Muhammad were also present.
Other results:
-Tayane Porfirio defeated Giovanna Jara.
-Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady defeated Islam Nader Reda.
-Fabricio Andrey defeated Marcio Andre.
-Thalison Soares defeated Zayed Alkatheeri.
-Marcin Held defeated Guram Kutateladze.
-Fellipe Andrew defeated Uanderson Ferreira.
-Jonnatas Gracie defeated Natan Chueng.
-Luiza Monteiro defeated Nathalie Ribeiro.
-“Big” Dan Manasoui beat Antonio Assef.
-Sarah Galvão defeated Vitoria Gabriella

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