Renzo Gracie vs, Ze Mario Sperry
ADCC 2100 World Submission Wrestling World Championship
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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