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Elder Cruz, aka "El Monstro" is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt from La Habra, CA. Cruz trains under coach Lucas Leite and represents Checkmat. He is the an IBJJF Pan and American National champion, as well as a WNO veteran.

  1. Jessa Khan Has Arrived In 2022, Dominant Outing In Absolute GP Superfight

    Jessa Khan Has Arrived In 2022, Dominant Outing In Absolute GP Superfight

    Nov 21, 2022

    Last Friday, Jessa Khan had a dominant performance against black belt Kaori Hernandez at her IBJJF GP superfight. She started the match by coming up from the guard with crazy dog passing grips, passing immediately and worked her way quickly to mount, putting 17 points on the board before the first half of the match expired. The rest of the match was one way traffic, and Khan eventually snagged a triangle armbar while maintaining full control of the mat.
  2. Live Updates & Results | IBJJF Absolute Grand Prix

    Live Updates & Results | IBJJF Absolute Grand Prix

    Nov 19, 2022

    Tonight, eight of the top names in the IBJJF ranks will square off for $40,000 in the IBJJF Absolute Grand Prix. During the event, five pairings of the best athletes in their respective divisions will take the mat in huge, and unpredicted superfights. Follow along here throughout the night for real time results, updates and analysis!
  3. The IBJJF Absolute GP Bracket Is Here!

    The IBJJF Absolute GP Bracket Is Here!

    Nov 16, 2022

    The IBJJF has just released the bracket for the IBJJF Absolute GP which goes down on Friday, November 18 in Costa Mesa, CA.
  4. All Eight Names Revealed For November IBJJF Absolute GP

    All Eight Names Revealed For November IBJJF Absolute GP

    Nov 7, 2022

    The IBJJF has been trickling out names for its upcoming Absolute Grand Prix for nearly a month. Today the organization officially announced the last two competitors in the openweight bracket coming to FloGrappling on November 18.
  5. Todos os 8 nomes têm sido revalados pelo IBJJF GP Absoluto em Novembro

    Todos os 8 nomes têm sido revalados pelo IBJJF GP Absoluto em Novembro

    Nov 3, 2022

    O IBJJF tem publicado os nomes do GP peso absoluto que acontecerá no próximo mês. Hoje, ele anunciou os próximos lutadores que lutarão na chave absoluta aqui em duas semana no FloGrappling.
  6. The 2022 ADCC Award Winners Have Been Announced!

    The 2022 ADCC Award Winners Have Been Announced!

    Oct 20, 2022

    As the dust settles after the 2022 ADCC World Championships, ADCC has released the winners of their four prestigious awards given out at every ADCC Worlds. The awards are for best athlete, best takedown, best match and fastest submission.
  7. BREAKING: No-Gi Pans Brackets Revealed, Top 15 Early Round Matches

    BREAKING: No-Gi Pans Brackets Revealed, Top 15 Early Round Matches

    Oct 12, 2022

    The IBJJF has officially released the brackets for the 2022 No-Gi Pan Championships, which begins on Friday, October 14.
  8. Mo Jassim Returns As ADCC Head Organizer In 2024

    Mo Jassim Returns As ADCC Head Organizer In 2024

    Oct 10, 2022

    Great news for the grappling world as Mo Jassim has been selected as the Head Organizer for the ADCC World Championships in 2024. This event will again be held in Las Vegas with a targeted date of September 2024, with trials kicking off at the East Coast Trials in November 2023.
  9. The Top 4 European Performers At ADCC 2022

    The Top 4 European Performers At ADCC 2022

    Oct 6, 2022

    The European trials have often been considered one of the "easiest" methods by which an athlete can earn entry to ADCC, especially compared to North American and South American trials.
  10. Amy Campo Made ADCC History, Becoming First-Ever American 60+ kg Champion

    Amy Campo Made ADCC History, Becoming First-Ever American 60+ kg Champion

    Oct 3, 2022

    Those who follow Amy Campo know that this season has been her breakout year, both in and out of the gi. In less than nine months, Campo racked up an outstanding victim list that brought her out of relative anonymity and increasingly into the competitive spotlight. She was runner-up at ADCC East Coast Trials (November 2021), brown belt double gold IBJJF World champion (December 2021), winner of ADCC West Trials (April 2022) and runner-up in the absolute division of her first IBJJF Worlds at Black Belt (June 2022).
  11. ADCC Record: Four 2021-22 Trials Winners Became ADCC Champions

    ADCC Record: Four 2021-22 Trials Winners Became ADCC Champions

    Sep 28, 2022

    The 2022 ADCC World Championships made history at every turn. It was the most well-attended ADCC of all time, during which several records were broken. Kade Ruotolo became the youngest-ever ADCC champ, Gordon Ryan became the first to hold titles in three different weight classes, Ffion Davies became the first Welsh Champion, Brianna Ste-Marie and Dante Leon shared honors as the first Canadian ADCC medalists.
  12. Diogo Reis explica "modo Baby Shark" para vencer o ADCC 2022

    Diogo Reis explica "modo Baby Shark" para vencer o ADCC 2022

    Sep 27, 2022

    O ano de 2022 vai estar para sempre na memória de Diogo Reis. O Baby Shark tornou-se o novo campeão do ADCC, maior torneio de grappling do jiu-jitsu, aos 21 anos de idade em sua primeira participação. Ele não teve tarefa fácil, precisou vencer atletas duríssimos e um amigo de equipe durante sua jornada até o ouro na divisão 66kg.
  13. Yuri Simões: 'Dedicação ao máximo para vencer' contra Gordon no ADCC 2024

    Yuri Simões: 'Dedicação ao máximo para vencer' contra Gordon no ADCC 2024

    Sep 26, 2022

    Yuri Simões está no seleto grupo de campeões do ADCC, além de ter conquistado a medalha de ouro em três categorias diferentes. Yuri foi campeão até 88kg em 2015, depois até 99kg em 2017 e, agora em 2022, é o novo rei do absoluto mais disputado do planeta.
  14. Road To Gold: How 8 New ADCC Champs Took Over

    Road To Gold: How 8 New ADCC Champs Took Over

    Sep 24, 2022

    Last week, eight athletes wrote their names into the ADCC history books, becoming champions of the 2022 edition of the tournament and the biggest grappling tournament in history. See the champions, the context, and each of their matches en route to gold below.
  15. Ffion Davies faz história e se torna a primeira campeã britânica do ADCC

    Ffion Davies faz história e se torna a primeira campeã britânica do ADCC

    Sep 20, 2022

    Em sua terceira participação no maior torneio de Grappling do mundo, Ffion Davies conquistou o ouro do ADCC na categoria até 60kg, tornando-se a primeira atleta nascida na Grã-Bretanha a subir no lugar mais alto pódio do ADCC. Davies, que é do País de Gales, derrotou Brianna Ste-Marie na final da divisão por 10 a 0.