With all the athletes gathered, the Abu Dhabi Extreme Championship held its press conference this Wednesday, October 18th, to hear the tournament’s stars as they talked about their impressions of the event and the opponents they’ll be facing. The conference took place at the Mubadala Arena, the stage that will host the event on October 20th, with 14 breathtaking fights.
On the main stage, the headliners of the tournament’s main duels sat alongside H.E. Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi to talk about the excitement of performing at the ADXC’s debut. Neiman Gracie, who will be fighting in the no gi main event, spoke about his expectations for the ADXC1 and fulfilling his dreams of coming to Abu Dhabi.
“Ever since I was a little boy, I always wanted to come here and fight in front of all you guys,” said Gracie. “I’ve been watching what the UAE Royal Family has done for Jiu-Jitsu and consider Abu Dhabi to be the capital of Jiu-Jitsu in the whole world. I can’t wait to put on a show. It’s no secret that every time I fight I’m looking for submission, so a nice submission is what I’m aiming for.”
Benson Henderson, who’ll be facing Gracie in the ADXC cage, made it clear that he aims to put on a show for the crowd and promised that his Jiu-Jitsu black belt is up to date.
“ADXC is a new event with a really impressive structure and I want to show my best performance to the fans. that powerful fighter, who just goes for it and doesn’t stop until he gets what he wants.”
Headlining the main event in the gi, Dream Art‘s leader Isaque Bahiense showed confidence ahead of the big day, revealing his plan to use the ADXC’s format to seize another victory for his hefty grappling record.
“I’m an explosive athlete and a match divided in rounds plays to my favor. I’ll be able to maintain my flow, keep my opponent under pressure, and seek a submission.”
On the other side of this duel, Gustavo Batista is also confident that his Jiu-Jitsu will be able to overcome his long-time rival. Even further, he believes that the past losses will pave his way to victory in the ADXC cage.
“The negative results push me to train harder and fight for the win. I’ll have five rounds to use all my Jiu-Jitsu against him and I’m a very technical athlete. I’ll be able to impose my flow in this fight.”
Shaking things up even more, H.E. Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi spoke about ADXC’s projection after its debut event.
“This championship will bring together the world’s best fighters, offering a comprehensive global platform for Jiu-Jitsu and grappling that transcends the boundaries of combat sports. Abu Dhabi has already established itself as a global capital of Jiu-Jitsu and this event will reshape the landscape of wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and martial arts through this unique championship here in the UAE capital. We need to reach a global platform. The athletes spend their lives dedicated to showing the value and beauty of Jiu-Jitsu, so it is important to show that this sport can be both accessible and appreciated by the world.”
Mubadala Arena, Abu Dhabi – UAE
October 20, 2023
Neiman Gracie vs. Benson Henderson – No gi Main event
Isaque Bahiense vs. Gustavo Batista – Gi Main Event
Marvin Vettori vs. Tarek Suleiman – No gi Co-main Event
Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady vs. Islam Nader Reda – No gi Super Fight
‘Big’ Dan Manasoiu vs. Antonio Assef – No gi Super Fight
Sarah Galvao vs. Vitoria Gabriella – Gi Super Fight