With the January 19th deadline growing ever closer, the second edition of the Abu Dhabi Extreme Championship recently confirmed its second batch of high-octane fights that will take over the Mubadala Arena, in the UAE. Among the highlights, a battle of organizations will take place at the ADXC 2, with Bellator’s Douglas Lima and UFC’s Rinat Fakhredinov facing each other at the tournament. Even without the usual punches and kicks they use in MMA, both competitors will find some measure of familiarity in the battlefield as the ADXC will be bringing back its famed cage, spicing up the grappling and Jiu-Jitsu battles with an enclosed space and a ruleset that favors aggressive play.
Speaking of Jiu-Jitsu, the Bahraini Ali Monfaradi and Brazil’s Talison Costa will don their gis to put on a show at the event. In a rematch after their encounter at the ADWPJJC finals last November, in which Ali rose as the winner and champion, the athletes will once again go toe-to-toe against one another, with Talison hungry to get some payback while Ali uses his strong half-guard to defeat his rival once more. Will the tables turn at the ADXC cage or will history repeat itself? Only time will tell.
Fighting in their own homeland, the Al Suwaidi brothers will both fight at ADXC 2. After the honor of graduating to black belt at the hands of the UAEJJF chairman H.E. Abdulmonen Al Hashmi, Omar Al Suwaidi will face Scotland’s Shay Montague in a Jiu-Jitsu bout, while Mohammed Al Suwaidi gears up to face the South Korean Seong Hyeon Joo in a Grappling bout.
But that’s not all. In the Main Card, Powerhouses Gabriel Sousa and Yuta Shimada will put their skills to the test in a Jiu-Jitsu bout, while Terrance Mckinney and Sidney Outlaw lead another UFC x Bellator Grappling duel. In the Preliminary Card, MMA fighters Ahmed Amir and Matus Arpas face each other in a Grappling bout, and a Jiu-Jitsu competition between Yara Kakish and Emily Ferreira spices up the beginning of the tournament.
Like its predecessor, the ADXC 2 will also feature two Main Events and a Co-Main Event. The former UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling will bring his strong takedowns and quick submissions to pull the brakes on Chase Hooper and his neck attacks at the Grappling Main Event. In the Jiu-Jitsu Main Event, the ADWPJJC 85kg division reigning champion Bruno Lima brings his A-game to face the two-time ADGS gold medalist Manuel Ribamar in a battle of technique at the ADXC cage.
The second edition of the Abu Dhabi Extreme Championship will take place at the Mubadala Arena on January 19th. Stay up-to-date on all the news about the tournament and its upcoming battles by following @adxcofficial on social media. Check out the ADXC 2 card below and we’ll see you in Abu Dhabi in a couple of weeks!
Mubdala Arena, Abu Dhabi – UAE
January 19, 2023
Terrance McKinney vs. Sidney Outlaw – Grappling Bout
Gabriel Sousa vs. Yuta Shimada – Jiu-Jitsu Bout
Ali Monfaradi vs. Talison Costa – Jiu-Jitsu Bout
Omar Al Suwaidi vs. Shay Montague – Jiu-Jitsu Bout
Mohammed Al Suwaidi vs. Seonghyeon Joo – Grappling Bout