Should Jiu-Jitsu Events Put Time Limits on 'Stalling' Positions?

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Sep 30, 2014 5:28:37 PM

 

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To be clear, this thought process specifically refers to spectator jiu-jitsu events, mainly Metamoris and potentially Copa Podio superfights. I do think there is strong value in keeping a purity of a sportive event but I do think that in order for our sport to grow worldwide, changes have to be made so that non-practitioners can develop interest in it.

 

This may be one of the most important changes Metamoris can make. If you look at judo federations, although they have made some scandalous rule changes over the last few years, you can see that they try to trim a lot of the fat off the meat – in other words – they removed as many boring aspects to keep the matches as high paced.

 

The most obvious and understandable rule is that since the objective of judo is throwing, they only give athletes thirty seconds on the ground to get a pin or submission. Since the focus of BJJ is submissions, the referee should have the right to raise athletes if he thinks any stalling is happening, or, set time limits for positions that are boring.

 

The fifty/fifty position is one of these positions. Yes, there are those who think the position is a technical web of awesomeness, and there are those who think that it’s a huge waste of time - athletes just sit there, chasing each other’s feet. This debate will never end, but it’s also completely irrelevant in this situation. Why? In an event like Metamoris, entertainment is the priority. If that means they have to put a time-limit on boring positions, then so be it! This is something that people need to open their minds to in order for jiu-jitsu to ever become anywhere close to a spectator sport. If jiu-jitsu will ever have a chance of non-practitioners watching and remotely enjoying what they see, rules like this will have to be implemented. If you value the technical details of positions, which of course all practitioners do, then you can watch sport jiu-jitsu in it’s purity at the World Championships or the World Pro. But in an event like Metamoris, they have every right to manipulate the rules to make the sport more entertaining.

 

Giving a position like fifty/fifty a thirty-second or one-minute time limit is totally acceptable. If one athlete has mount and is smothering his opponent for two minutes and isn’t really doing anything to progress the match, then the referee should have the ability to stand them up on their feet or have one sitting on their butt and the other standing. Whoever was on the bottom will have to start with guard and whoever was on top will be the passer. It’s the equivalent of what is done in the UFC, where the referee can raise both opponents to their feet if he thinks they were stalling. The UFC understands the value of entertainment for their business, as should Metamoris, even if it is dealing with a much smaller market. The events that will apply this may receive some backlash from many jiu-jitsu practitioners, but with time, as the event successfully grows, it would all be worth it.

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Metamoris 4 Aftermath

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Aug 12, 2014 10:04:31 AM

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Garry Tonon vs Kit Dale

The match between Garry and Kit was short and one-sided. Garry was able to scramble to a guillotine early and stopped Kit from showcasing any of his skills. Garry then went on to openly challenge Kron Gracie, someone he had faced before in an Abu-Dhabi match. Either way, these are still two young athletes you want to keep your eyes out for in the future, especially Tonon.

 

Saulo Ribeiro vs Rodrigo Medeiros

This was the only gi match of the night, which, even though a great match up, was a disappointment to many gi jiu-jitsu fanatics. So we all had to savor this one great moment. Both legends showcased great takedowns as well as nice reversals and scrambles. In the end, the match ended in a draw, but it was a pleasure to watch grapplers of such level go at it.

 

Keenan Cornelius vs Vinnie Magalhaes

Keenan Cornelius is easily one of today’s top BJJ athletes. He has been able to compete with all the top Brazilians and is really putting the United States on the BJJ map after figures like BJ Penn and Rafael Lovato. Vinnie Magalhaes started his career in BJJ but now focuses more on MMA, having fought in the UFC.

 

The match was entertaining with Vinnie trying to pass Keenan’s unbelievably frustrating guard. There were some sweeps exchanged and at the end, Keenan almost caught Vinnie in a triangle from mount, but Vinnie was able to find some space to escape.

 

Baret Yoshida vs Jeff Glover

The surprise match of the evening – no one knew who would be announced until right before the actual match. Baret Yoshida was announced first - he is one of the earlier lightweight stars from the ADCC. Jeff Glover was a more predictable choice since he was one of the commentators, but also a competitive grappler. The match itself was twenty minutes of rolling and tying up. Glover showboated a bit in the beginning but the match kept the same flow the entire time. It ended in a draw and wasn’t particularly exciting unfortunately.

 

Josh Barnett vs Dean Lister

Since it seems that Metamoris is on it’s path to creating a long-term grappling promotion, it only made sense to start building up champions. For this match, the heavyweight title was on the line between two veterans that really deserved a shot. In the end, the size advantage of Barnett was too much for Lister, and after wearing out his opponent, Barnett made Lister tap with only eleven seconds left on the clock. Barnett used an old wrestling technique to crush Lister’s ribs. Since Lister was fatigued, he had no choice but to tap from the pressure.

 

Andre Galvao vs Chael Sonnen

Although this was the main event of the evening, it is hard to deny that it’s value rested on the fact that it was a name-based match. People tried to defend Chael Sonnen’s grappling abilities, but the truth is, outside of wrestling, he is nowhere near the level of Andre Galvao. This match was, in every way, a total mismatch. But perhaps that’s the way Metamoris wanted it – everyone likes to see Chael Sonnen get beat up. Ultimately, Andre Galvao won by submission via the classic rear naked choke. Sonnen was able to resist for a little in the beginning of the match, but Galvao’s win was inevitable. 

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5 Top Jiu-Jitsu Brother Champions

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Jul 17, 2014 12:53:00 PM

It seems that in jiu-jitsu, having a sibling to train with is priceless. You have someone to constantly push you and keep you on your toes because the rivalry between siblings can become intense. You can also have a partner to train with almost any time. If the gym is closed, you can always train at home with your brother or sister. Below is a list of five sibling pairs that everyone in the jiu-jitsu world should know.

 

 

Braulio Estima and Victor Estima

These brothers are both from Gracie Barra and have carried the Barra flag with pride. Braulio is the older brother with four world titles under his belt. Victor is the younger Estima brother and also has several world titles under his belt like the no-gi world championship (2011) and the European championship (2012). However, Braulio is more celebrated than his brother, especially for his performances at the ADCC and catching Andre Galvao with an inverted triangle - something very hard to pull-off in no-gi, especially against an athlete of Galvao’s caliber.

 

Saulo Ribeiro and Xande Ribeiro

These brothers represent Gracie Humaita. Saulo Ribeiro is the elder, with five world titles under his belt – 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002. Xande Ribeiro’s victories came in the later years, being two-time absolute champion in 2006 and 2008. He also has world titles at his belt in the years of 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Each brother has his own style but both like to generally stick to the basics.

 

 

Paulo Miyao and Joao Miyao

This is the newest sibling power on the block. This is their first year as black belts and they did not disappoint. Already, both athletes were able to get silver at the worlds in their respective divisions. Both teammates hail from the Cicero Costha academy located in Sao Paulo. Another notable name from this team is Leandro Lo. Both Miyao brothers are famous for their deadly berimbolo game and they are just getting started. These brothers, unlike the others mentioned in this list, are twins.

 

 

Guilherme Mendes and Rafael Mendes

These are the two most popular brothers in jiu-jitsu today. No one even refers to them by their individual names any more – they are just known as the Mendes Brothers. Guilherme is the older brother and has four world championships under his belt (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014). Rafael, also known as Rafa, is the younger brother and is also a four-time world champion in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. However, Rafa also has the prestigious title under his belt as two-time ADCC champion in 2009 and 2010. These brothers run one of the world’s most popular academies in Costa Mesa, California – an RVCA sponsored gym.

 

 

Leo Vieira and Ricardo Vieira

These two brothers are the pioneers of the list. They are founders of Checkmat, one of the world’s top jiu-jitsu teams. Leo Vieira is the older brother and is the 1999 black belt world champion. But he is remembered more for his prowess in the ADCC where he was champion in 2003 and 2005. Ricardo Vieira is the younger brother and was black belt champion in 2001. He was also world champion at every belt division before that. These siblings were able to leave a real legacy with their name by having top competitors in the Checkmat team and turning it into a global organization.

 

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The Coolest Submission in MMA History

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Jul 10, 2014 11:35:00 AM

 

There are a lot of lists out there of the top submissions in MMA. But most of these lists are compiled by UFC fans who have never even stepped on the mats in their life. They have no conception of difficulty as well as what should be considered ‘cool’ by practitioners. Below is a list based on technical difficulty, which is what really makes them cool to us, not to mention the aesthetic value. Below are some submissions we have seen over the years in MMA that you would expect from comic book superheroes – especially spider-man.

 

5. Shinya Aoki vs Keith Wisniewski (Shooto) – Standing ‘Snapping’ Armbar

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As you all know, there are many techniques that do not have fixed names in jiu-jitsu. So for the sake of description, I’ve named this technique the ‘snapping armbar’ because of the speed required to execute it.

For most of the fight, Aoki put pressure, always closing the distance and looking for a takedown. At the two-minute mark, Wisniewski made the mistake of loosely over-hooking Aoki’s arm and allowing Aoki to control it at the wrist. What this did was place Wisniewski’s elbow on Aoki’s ribs, giving Aoki the timing to twist his body and snap the arm at the elbow. You can hear a loud ‘crack!’ and Keith verbally taps from pain.

 

4. Chan Sung Jung vs Leonard Garcia (UFC) – The Twister

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Eddie Bravo had always dreamed of seeing ‘The Twister’ done in an MMA match, a technique that he popularized and sharpened specifically for no-gi wrestling in hopes of it becoming excepted by people for street defense.

This dream became a reality when Chan Sung Jung, The Korean Zombie, executed this technique on Leonard Garcia in the UFC. The twister itself is not a particularly difficult technique to pull-off in no-gi or even gi, but in MMA, everything becomes harder to achieve because of the striking. So for The Zombie to pull this off, it took a lot of practice – which he admitted he did in many interviews.

 

3. Shinya Aoki vs Joachim Hansen (PRIDE) – Gogoplata

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A lot of people argue that if you pull off very unorthodox techniques in MMA, it’s probably because your opponent is not very savvy. Well, sure, that is true depending on the situation, however in this situation, this was not really the case. Joachim Hansen, although not traditionally trained in BJJ, is an avid grappler who had competed in many submission wrestling competitions, including the ADCC. However, because of Shinya’s sheer talent and flexibility, he was able to pull this off quite skillfully.

 

2. Ryo Chonan vs Anderson Silva (PRIDE) – Spinning Heelhook

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Now this is a match that you don’t have to be a longtime MMA fan to know. The UFC has shown this moment many times over since it is easily Silva’s most embarrassing loss of all time.

To be brief, Silva was slowly breaking down Chonan with strikes and he really had very little to do except surprise Silva with a perfectly executed heelhook entry. Silva got caught on the instep of a punch and set himself up for this breakdance-like submission. Without a doubt this was Chonan’s greatest career achievement.

 

1. Rumina Sato vs Charles Taylor (shooto) – Flying Armbar

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This is the technique that set the bar for ‘fancy’ for us all. RuminaSato appeared to have wings for many of his early Shooto matches. To this day, you won’t see anything like this in a ring or an octagon. Granted, this was in the earlier days of MMA, the level of understanding for most fighters was quite low, however, just the sheer athleticism required to execute this technique, especially on a resisting opponent still leaves us awestruck.

 

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Train For Life: Caio Terra's BJJ Journey

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Jun 26, 2014 9:37:00 AM


Go behind the scenes with 8-time BJJ World Champion, Caio Terra, as he tells the story behind his training motivation and the earning of his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
 

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2014 World Championship Men's Recap

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Jun 19, 2014 10:07:00 AM

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Out of all the tournaments in the year, none receive the same amount of attention as the IBJJF world championships. What makes this championship unique is that fact that it’s an open competition - anyone can register and have a chance to be the world champion, unlike Abu Dhabi’s World Pro, that has trials from different parts of the world.

 

The big difference is that since only a select few grapplers can compete from Brazil in the World Pro, it cuts down on many other top competitors that could have competed in there. At the IBJJF worlds, there is no limit to the amount of Brazilians that can compete, so we see all the top competitors in one place – an exciting thought for BJJ fans. Here are some of the final results and their implications on the future of the championship rankings. These are for the black belt adult divisions.

 

Rooster

Usually this division is a constant battle between Bruno Malfacine and Caio Terra. However, this year, Caio’s place was taken by, the young and feisty, Joao Miyao. The match was extremely close but Malfacine was able to scrape out the win to now have six titles under his belt – 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and now, 2014. In 2013 he had lost to Caio Terra.

 

Light Feather

This division had no surprises either. The finals showcased Gui Mendes of Atos and Joao’s twin brother, Paulo Miyao from Cicero Costha. This match was also close but Gui Mendes was able to come-out on top to win his fourth world title at black belt. However, it is clear that the Miyao brothers are already contending for the gold in their first year as black belts.

 

Feather

In this division we have one of the biggest champion rivalries in BJJ. Once again, we see Rafael Mendes and Cobrinha clash in the finals of the world championship. The match was a huge 50/50 position battle, but Rafael was able to squeeze the win. Now, Rafa is four-time world champion, just like his older brother, Guilherme. It is curious to know how many more times these two will run into each other in the finals. Although Cobrinha is over thirty years old, it doesn’t seem that he has any interest in really ever competing in the master divisions, especially since he is still so dominant.

 

Light

In this division we do have a bit of a surprise this time. The lightweight division is always stacked with former world champs, and this time, Lucas Lepri was able to take the gold home after seven years since his last gold victory back in 2007. He had to defeat American JT Torres in the finals. The bronze medals went to his teammate Michael Langhi, also a former world champion, and young gun, Satoshi.

 

Middle

Another pattern here – defending champion Leandro Lo runs into Gracie Barra’s Otavio Sousa. Lo was again victorious and is now world champion again, three years in a row. Leandro Lo competes with such a high pace that very few competitors can keep up with it. He is the “Rush” St. Pierre of the jiu-jitsu world.

 

Medium-Heavy

This division was all Gracie Barra and not a surprise when you take a look at the names involved. The division was cleaned out by non-other than the two men that have dominated that division for years, Romulo Barral and Braulio Estima – two house-hold names in the jiu-jitsu world. Romulo Barral was already four-time world champion prior to this tournament. He was champion in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013. Braulio Estima was a three-time champion prior to this championship with wins in 2004, 2006 and 2009. Since Romulo already has his four wins when they both won the division again the previous year, he conceded this year’s gold to his senior teammate, Braulio, to give them both four gold medals. Both champions are always in shape and ready for competition. We can expect to see them continuing to dominate this division for a few more year at least.

 

Heavy

This division presented us with some new faces and champions. The finals showcased legend Andre Galvao versus newcomer Felipe “Preguica” from Gracie Barra. Andre Galvao was absent from the world championship the previous year and decided to go up in weight from his usual division of medium-heavy. Preguica is a Gracie Barra athlete that has been mainly competing in the lighter weight classes, especially in a league called Copa Podio in Brazil. We have seen Preguica push Leandro Lo to a draw when he was only a brown belt, a result of strong future promise. Preguica delivered on that promise by scraping out the point win over Andre Galvao in the heavy weight division. He had gained a tremendous amount of weight and really showed his talent – this is only his first year as a black belt! So not only did Estima and Barral put Gracie Barra on the map again for 2014, but Preguica added to the mix. Watch out for this guy for many years to come, he is only getting started.

 

Super Heavy

Here we have another disruption of the flow of a division. Usually, Rodolfo Vieira competes at heavyweight. However this year, Vieira decided to avoid the weight cut and stay at his natural weight. This turned out to be bad news for defending champion Bernardo Faria who loses to Rodolfo on a regular basis when they face each other in the absolute division. The pattern stayed its course and Rodolfo Vieira was able to defeat Faria once again to now become a super heavyweight champion as well.

 

Ultra Heavyweight

This is the division of the titans that has been dominated by one king for the past three years – Marcus “Almeida” Buchecha, a champion that is already showing that he will be one of the best of all-time. Buchecha is known for his uncanny speed and agility for a man of his size. This is something that gives him a huge advantage over opponents his size or even larger. It’s hard to see him slowing down in the distant future unless he chooses to pursue MMA like most top champions do.

 

Absolute

There haven’t been any real surprises in the absolute division in the last three years. It’s always been a battle between rank number one and number two – Buchecha versus Rodolfo Vieira, and Bernardo Faria coming in as one of the bronze medalists. Buchecha was able to edge-out Rodolfo again this year. However, there was one addition to the mix, Keenan Cornelius, a middleweight who gave Buchecha a hard fight in the semi-finals. Keep an eye on Keenan to keep this momentum going in future contests.

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Copa Podio Lightweight GP 2014 Aftermath: Rising Underdog

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Jun 5, 2014 3:05:12 PM

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Copa Podio continues strong with its series of epic Grand Prix series. They scour the earth for the top jiu-jitsu athletes and put them against each other in a format that you usually see in FIFA’s world cup.

 

To be brief, the GP format separates the competitors into two groups of five. Each opponent fights each other to collect points. You receive bonus points if you submit your opponent. Then, the top two competitors from each group compete against each other in a semi-final match, and eventually in the finals. The event is usually held in Rio de Janeiro and usually lasts quite a long time. This time it went for five hours.

 

In this season of the Lightweight GP, they featured 10 of the best and most interesting combination of lightweight athletes. The list was as follows;

 

Yellow Group:

Gianni Grippo

Gilbert Durinho

Fernando Vieira

Marcio Andre

Victor Silverio

 

Green Group:

Leandro Lo

Gregor Gracie

Simone Franceschini

Hamzeh Rasheed

Luca Anacoreta

 

Although Brazil has the top BJJ fighters in the world, the Copa Podio organization tries to give exposure to the rest of the world by adding international athletes to the mix, like the USA and Italy. Additionally, they like to add a few of the top brown belts in the world to see how game they are against some of the top black belts. Often, successful brown belts use Copa Podio as an instant stepping-stone to their black belt.

 

The Grand Prix went almost as expected – keyword: almost. The two favorites in the yellow group were Gilbert Durinho and Fernando Vieira, both world champions. The two favorites in the green group were Leandro Lo and Gregor Gracie. Leandro Lo needs no introduction as he is not only a world champion, but he is also Copa Podio’s most successful champion. Gregor Gracie was considered a favorite because he was probably one of the largest competitors in the GP, having cut down from middleweight.

 

But most impressive in this tournament was brown belt Victor Silverio from GF Team. He was successful in stalling out Fernando Vieira – ending in a draw, as well as drawing with Gianni Grippo. What gave Victor an upper hand over his competition was a quick submission he pulled off on Marcio Andre – a promising brown belt from Nova Uniao but one of the smaller athletes in the GP – usually competing at featherweight.

 

After these results, Victor Silverio was also able to edge out a point over Fernando Vieira in the final standings and went on to the semi-finals to lose to Leandro Lo, but eventually beat Durinho Burns! A huge accomplishment by any standards since Durinho is easily one of the top competitors in the world.

 

It’s interesting to see how far Silverio has come since his appearance on Lloyd Irvin’s Kumite web show where Victor displayed some attitude issues that also affected his performance. While many other athletes on that web show have already moved on to their black belts, it is easy to say that it is time that Victor joins them. 

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Metamoris 3 Preview – Part 2

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Feb 13, 2014 1:55:00 PM

Metamoris 3 Preview

Keenan Cornelius vs Vinny Magalhaes

This is a great clash of old and new. Vinny Magalhaes is a black belt under Vini Aieta of Gracie Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro. He had accomplished a lot in jiu-jitsu before focusing on MMA where he was a season 8 finalist on The Ultimate Fighter UFC show. In jiu-jitsu, his most notable accomplishments are winning the nogi world championship in 2007 and the ADCC in 2011.

Keenan Cornelius represents the new stream of jiu-jitsu and has a lot of momentum behind him. Along with JT Torres and Rafael Lovato, Cornelius is considered to be one of the top American jiu-jitsu competitors today. Within his first year of holding a black belt, he won the IBJJF Pro League tournament in 2013 and 2014 is looking promising for the young American.

So how will this match unfold? Vini is still a very dangerous opponent and he may be one of the few MMA guys that still has very sharp jiu-jitsu, especially in nogi. Keenan has openly shared his opinions on how he does not like nogi, so if this is going to be a nogi match, expect a draw - Keenan is very hard to tap. If the match ends up being in a gi, which is less likely, still expect a draw but with Keenan having the upper hand.

Rafael Mendes vs Clark Gracie

Here we have the battle of the poster boys. Rafael Mendes, also known as ‘Rafa’ for short, is a three-time world champion and can be considered one of the top lightweight competitors of all time because of his success in both gi and nogi competition, notably at the ADDC for nogi.

Clark Gracie, although significantly less accomplished than Rafa, is the 2013 Pan American champion and has the size advantage going into this match that will most likely be in the gi.

Expect to see a very exciting fight since both athletes are known for their very unorthodox styles. Rafa likes to play his signature berimbolo and leg drag tactics, while Clark Gracie is famous for catching people in omoplatas from all angles. In the end, I believe that Clark will be outmatched by Rafa and will succumb to a berimbolo perhaps mid match. Rafa is also always in peak condition, so the longer the match lasts, the harder it will become for the Gracie.

Royler Gracie vs Eddie Bravo

This is the main event of the show. The entire premise of the fight here is based on settling the score between Royler and Eddie Bravo. When they first fought, Eddie Bravo had been only the second person in history to tap Royler Gracie, after Mario Sperry. He did this in the 2003 ADCC. The issue is that many people argue that it was a fluke for Eddie Bravo and that he is actually not more technical than the legendary Gracie.

So will Eddie be able to do it again? This is an interesting match up because right now they are more closely matched than they were before. Eddie Bravo had been unknown in the community then and had very little experience in relation to Royler. However, now, although both veterans have been less active, Eddie Bravo has been constantly working on developing his unique ‘rubber guard’ game at his gym. So he’s had the opportunity to close the experience gap.

The age difference is also not a huge factor since Royler is only five years older than Bravo. Expect to see Bravo being very aggressive to close guard, or half guard, and Royler defending most of the round. I think it will be a very slow match and it will end in a draw.

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Metamoris 3 Preview – Part 1

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Feb 6, 2014 2:28:00 PM

Metamoris 3 Preview

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.

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Top 10 No-Gi Competitors in the World – Part 2

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Dec 26, 2013 11:10:00 AM

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The following standings are in no particular order and they are more based on current activity. So for example, there may be a competitor out there that is better than some of the following mentioned athletes, but if they have not been particularly active in major no-gi tournaments in the last two years, then they will not be mentioned.

Cyborg Abreu

Cyborg Abreu is the current absolute ADCC champion – the most prestigious title in all of submission grappling. But it’s not the title alone that really gives him a spot on this list, but the fact that he had to defeat Marcus Almeida Buchecha, the current two-time absolute champion in gi jiu-jitsu. Almeida had defeated Cyborg in their weight class division in this ADCC, but Cyborg was able to get his revenge in the absolute. Additionally he is a three-time no-gi world champion.

Marcus Almeida

In the last few years, Marcus Almeida “Buchecha” has become famous for his performance in the gi - especially with his battles against Rodolfo Vieira and his dominating performance against Roger Gracie. However, many overlook his accomplishments in no-gi. In addition to winning his weight class and winning silver in the absolute at the 2013 ADCC, Buchecha is also a six-time no-gi world champion, winning his weight division and absolute in 2011. Since he is only 21 years old, there is no doubt that he still has plenty of time to get all the titles he wants.

Rubens Charles

Rubens Charles, aka “Cobrinha”, is one of the most experienced athletes on this list. Not only is he a four-time world champion in gi, he is also a four-time world champion in no-gi. This year, he was able to achieve one of his most ambitious goals - to once again defeat Rafael Mendes after so many years of hard fought matches against the younger rival. It was in the 2013 ADCC in Beijing that this hard-fought goal came to fruition. No one deserves more to be on this list than Cobrinha.

Kron Gracie

The son of Rickson Gracie is probably one of the most underrated no-gi grapplers in the world today. Although he is not a consistent competitor, he is able to jump into any tournament at any time and produce good results. This year’s ADCC is one example of this ability. Kron was able to defeat some top competitors like JT Torres and Otavio Sousa to win the gold. Hopefully in the near future he will choose to compete more often so we can see him reach his full potential.

Romulo Barral

Romulo has been very busy these last few years. In addition to being a multiple-time gi world champion, Romulo is also the 2009 no-gi world champion. However, this year he was able to conquer the ADCC title in Beijing and defeated several very dangerous opponents in the process, such as Keenan Cornelius and Rafael Lovato Jr.. Being able to come out on top against such opponents is hopefully only a taste of what Barral can do in no-gi.

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