On November ninth and tenth we will have the treat of witnessing some great superfights at the 2013 jiu-jitsu expo in California. The show has been successful in helping the BJJ industry grow and giving brands and business an opportunity to get some exposure at this international community gathering. In addition to booths from some of the best brands in the business, the event holds a tournament and two sets of superfight lineups. Here is a quick preview on some of the more popular fights coming up on the Saturday of that weekend.
Here we have a giant clash of a pure BJJ champion and a BJJ black belt that has been in the UFC for quite some time. Phan does have MMA conditioning and experience on his side, but a fight against someone of Caio’s caliber is a difficult task. This does not mean that Phan is an unaccomplished grappler, but in this match, he is literally fighting the best in the world. Expect to see a submission, probably an ankle lock, from Caio, halfway through the match.
This is another BJJ world champion versus UFC fighter contest. However, the gap in skill level between Shields and Lo, in no-gi, is far smaller than the one between Terra and Phan. Both Shields and Lo are accomplished no-gi competitors. Shields has been a black belt for many years and had won a bronze medal in the prestigious ADCC in 2005. Additionally, he has been competing against high-level competitors in Shooto and the UFC for many years now. On the other hand, although most of Lo’s greatest accomplishments are in gi, he is the Brazilian national no-gi champion and just recently lost to Durinho at the no-gi worlds in the finals. So who will win this battle? After a fifteen-minute war, I believe that this match will end in a draw. Leandro Lo likes to push the pace of every match, but Shields has the proper conditioning and experience to weather the storm and take it to a draw.
Yet again, the BJJ world faces the MMA world. John Fitch needs no introduction. Everyone knows him as a very accomplished fighter and wrestler with the ability to grind-out any opponent. This is really going to be a strong clash of styles since Paulo Miyao embodies the peak of modern jiu-jitsu. John Fitch will be looking to stay on top and smash Paulo’s guard, while Paulo will, most likely, play his usual berimbolos and inverted de la riva guard. How will this match end? Expect to see Paulo Miyao dominate the match, but unable to sink a submission on the powerful Fitch, who, as we have seen, can usually escape submissions except recently against Josh Burkman in an MMA match. Fitch will have the size advantage as well, which will help avoid the subs of Miyao. So ultimately, this match will be a draw with Fitch avoiding Miyao’s attacks most of the time.