By Zach Arnold | November 9, 2007
Away of MMA until the end of the year, Garcia may fight in the absolute tournament
Super Challenge Grappling is trying its best to promote the most important submission tournament ever. In order to accomplish this, the promoted has hired BJJ ace and superb grappler Marcelo Garcia, the three-time ADCC champion (under 76kg) and runner-up in Absolute 2007. Garcia, who will not fight in MMA until the end of the year (due to a nasty cut suffered his HERO’s MMA debut fight in South Korea), is seriously considering the possibility of being featured in this Brazilian tournament. His coach, Fabio Gurgel, stated that Super Challenge Grappling would help his pupil stay active while waiting for his next MMA booking in HEROs. This opportunity in Super Challenge Grappling could give Garcia his first absolute win.
“Garcia wants to focus in MMA, but he’ll only comeback in 2008. Because of this, I think it’s important that he takes part in Super Challenge Grappling, which will be a great submission tournament, After the MTL Finals, at next Nov. 10th, I’m going to NY to chat with him about this> possibility,” revealed Gurgel, who also said that Garcia’s chances of entering the tournament will depend on how well his cut heals (which required over 100 stitches).
If Garcia is booked in the tournament, he will join a list of high-level grapplers booked (such as Demian Maia, Fabricio Werdum, and Robert Drysdale). Also confirmed is Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Jeff Monson, and Delson Pe-de-Chumbo. Super Challenge Grappling will take place at Clube Athletico Pauloistano on December 8th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 8 Brazilian and 8 foreign fighters will try to win prize money of $15,000 USD for first place in this absolute competition.