Sperry defeats Renzo at ADCC Super Fight

by Guilherme Cruz | source: tatame.com

Renzo Gracie vs, Ze Mario Sperry
ADCC 2100 World Submission Wrestling World Championship
Nottingham, England
$50,000 prize

Much taller and stronger, Ze Mario Sperry also had more white hairs on his head facing a smiling Renzo Gracie. The veterans, both with 44, showed much energy in the super fight.

Sperry was offensive during the entire fight, trying to dictate its rhythm. When the bout went to the floor, he tried to reach for the half guard, using his weight to gain positions, but Gracie escaped from them quickly and stood up.

Mario caught Renzo on his back, but Gracie is used to training with UFC champions like Georges St. Pierre and Frankie Edgar, and again he escaped.

The score, tied at 0x0, forced an overtime. Renzo tried to take the fight to the ground, but Sperry counterattacked and opened 2 points on his advantage. Ze Mario broke through Renzo's guard and scored 5x0, winning the contest.

“Renzo surprised me. I studied his game and he changed some things, so I had to change my strategy during the fight. I played it carefully, I didn’t want to risk much," said Sperry, after the fight. “Renzo’s name speaks for itself, he’s a great athlete and a great guy. It’s normal people root for him, but I’m here to and I like overcoming my own obstacles."

Upset about the slippery mat, Renzo commented on the duel. “The mat was really slippery, it seems like if we were fighting in a pool, and when there’s a big weight gap, it gets complicates. When I tried to move, I slipped and lost it”, tells Gracie. “He was sweat like a pig, but it was fun (laughs)."

Excited, Renzo announced he hopes to fight MMA again soon. “It was just a warm-up ... I could do this the whole night."

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Stubbsy site profile image  

9/26/11 10:48 AM by Stubbsy

It wasn't a good fight to watch. Lots of stood collar and tie. And Sperry jumping away from single legs. Renzo's guard looked great.

ChokeEmOut site profile image  

9/26/11 10:20 AM by ChokeEmOut

The only reason I gave Renzo a chance is because Speery has somewhat disappeared from the MMA and Grappling scenes.

Mit site profile image  

9/26/11 10:07 AM by Mit

Really? Given Sperry's ADCC record I was def expecting it.

Brasco site profile image  

9/26/11 4:56 AM by Brasco

Sperry looked awesome and i think could win some matches right now in the adcc bracket.....both looked great actually and they went hard for 20 minutes !!

inf0 site profile image  

9/26/11 4:05 AM by inf0

the veterans, both with 44 They had guns?

MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ site profile image  

9/26/11 2:10 AM by MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ

Damn! 2 old school legends! love it!

supersaiyan site profile image  

9/26/11 1:45 AM by supersaiyan

wow this fight took place in 2100??? how did i miss it?? oh i am dead probably with any luck

aej1984 site profile image  

9/25/11 11:32 PM by aej1984

I love both guys. I like Renzo a bit more, and hoped he would win, but Sperry was a titan of BJJ. It's hard to have called a definite winner beforehand. I do wish it would have been Gracie rules win win only by sub, but I'm happy this match occurred.

WRESTLENOW site profile image  

9/25/11 11:27 PM by WRESTLENOW

wrestling wins again.

Jody site profile image  

9/25/11 4:18 PM by Jody

Why not? Size does count. Sperry is probably about 220, while Renzo is probably 190.