Rickson: Pure BJJ not enough for MMA

by Guilherme Cruz | source: tatame.com

Responsible for bringing MMA up in Japan one year after Royce got things started in the UFC, Rickson Gracie evaluated the evolution of the sport and related that, in his opinion, pure Jiu-Jitsu has no space left.

“No, things have changed," said Gracie. "Nowadays the rules impose a rhythm to the bout, conditioning and a game plan which imposes Jiu-Jitsu to have a determined shape."

“If you take off time and weight (limits) you might add some technique, game plan, conditioning and a way of thinking. From the moment it’s a five-minute three-round fight, you spend some energy, lose 17 to 22 pounds to fight, and you have a high level training technology."

To Rickson, a great part of Jiu-Jitsu lessons used at gyms and big Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, are useless in MMA.

“You may use like 30 percent of Jiu-Jitsu," Rickson explains. “You can’t put Royce or any other guy only using it… Technology has changed the sport a lot in terms of how much you train, the capacity of losing weight to fight… It’s completely different. You can use many Jiu-Jitsu things, but the body is your main element."

Things have changed so much that TATAME asked Rickson to point out athletes who astonish him now, and he did not list any Jiu-Jitsu guy.

“Jon Jones and Anderson Silva”, says Rickson. “They are really controlling the scene. You can’t say anything about them. They are smart, well conditioned and they fight in high level."

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EckY site profile image  

9/22/14 9:50 AM by EckY

Take away gloves, rounds, standups, vaseline and let them wear what they want and pure BJJ guys would be doing much better, strikers not so much.

Trane site profile image  

9/22/14 9:27 AM by Trane

Rickson is 15 years too late :)

TwentyNineTwentyEight site profile image  

9/22/14 9:17 AM by TwentyNineTwentyEight


Sloppy Single Leg site profile image  

9/22/14 1:37 AM by Sloppy Single Leg

UFC 1 exposed this.

Koga site profile image  

9/22/14 1:32 AM by Koga

I saw an interview with Allen Goes after the Coleman fight, asked if rules preventing knees or kicks to the head of a downed opponent helped or hindered BJJ fighters, he replied that he was waiting for the school bus and that he liked chocolate in the winter.

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9/21/14 9:50 PM by Ruby Rhod

You're a purist. There is no money in purity. Only corruption. 

orcus site profile image  

9/21/14 9:29 PM by orcus

I don't understand his point about weights. He's saying it would be different with no weight limits, now you have to cut 17-22lb. But if you're okay with fighting open weight, then why cut at all? Somehow you can use more BJJ techniques as a 180lb man fighting 250lb guys than you can as a 180lb man fighting in the middleweight division against guys who weigh 205 on fight night?

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9/21/14 9:25 PM by BirdWatcher

Good bump thanks.

Musashi site profile image  

9/21/14 9:16 PM by Musashi

He really does speak the truth.

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6/9/12 11:52 PM by Musashi

Yes.. we're all familiar with your selective interpretations presented as objective truth. Keep on keepin' on bro.