Although the Metamoris event is still two months away, they have been promoting it quite aggressively and everyone is already talking about the upcoming superstar matches. In the past, Metamoris has always had several fightcard changes prior to the event, so these matches may still change. Fights are a mix of gi and nogi with matches lasting 20 minutes - submission only.
Zak Maxwell vs Sean Roberts
This is a good clash of two of Americas top black belts that don’t get as much recognition as they deserve. The spotlight is usually on guys like Rafael Lovato, Keenan Cornelius and JT Torres, however Metamoris has taken the initiative to showcase what these guys can do. They are actually very entertaining and active competitors.
Zak Maxwell is famous for defeating Kron Gracie at the ADCC trials in San Diego back in 2012. He is known for his high conditioning level and we are yet to see what he is fully capable of doing.
Sean Roberts is a Ralph Gracie black belt and earned some fame in the BJJ community during Llyod Irvin’s Kumate web-show, where Irvin invited the top brown belts to challenge Keenan Cornelius, who was also a brown belt at the time. Roberts displayed an array of unorthodox techniques that both submitted people and irritated them. It will be interesting to see if he will be able to get the best of Maxwell with his tricks. I would give the slight edge to Maxwell though because of his experience and conditioning - he could be able to burn-out Roberts.
Guilherme Mendes vs Samir Chantre
Guilherme Mendes, usually called ‘Gui’ for short, needs no introduction. He is a three-time world champion and is part of the Atos jiu-jitsu team, one of the best teams in the world, along with teammates Rafael Mendes (his younger brother) and Andre Galvao. Guilherme has a very diverse game, but recently he seems to favor the omoplata, berimbolos and legdrags.
Samir Chantre is a top competitor from the Caio Terra Jiu-Jitsu Association based out of San Jose. His greatest accomplishments seem to have been in nogi, as he is the 2010 nogi world champion. Chantre is also a very active and respectable referee in the international BJJ community.
The style of all the matches has not been announced yet (whether it will be gi or nogi), however rumors stipulate that this will be a gi match, which puts Samir at a huge disadvantage. Expect Gui to catch a submission in under 10 minutes.
Dean Lister vs Renato “Babalu” Sobral
This is a great nogi match up between two veterans.
Dean Lister made his name in the grappling world mainly through the ADCC. In 2005 he was the superfight champion and in 2011 he won the division championship. He is mainly known for his vicious ankle and leg locks as well as being one super-tough and strong competitor.
Babalu, although a long-time jiu-jitsu practitioner, made his name in the MMA world. He has competed in some of the earliest MMA events including RINGS from Japan. As far as jiu-jitsu goes, Babalu has competed in many events and tournaments, one of the most popular being the Campos tournament where he lost to a young Marcelo Garcia.
Considering that Lister has been more active in the jiu-jitsu scene lately, he has every edge on Babalu, who has been focusing on MMA most of his career.