Eddie Bravo put on an extraordinary performance at Metamoris 3, dominating Royler Gracie with an overwhelming number of sweeps, passes, and submission attempts. Bravo is the most innovative figure in Jiu-Jitsu, and proved not just the remarkable efficacy of his unique style, but far beyond that, proved that grappling can be exciting.
Metamoris needed a riveting match to prove that jiujitsu can be compelling for a television audience, and the got it from Eddie Bravo, at age 43, and Royler Gracie, at age 48.
The match began as did many of them, with Bravo pulling half guard. Royler played a heavy top game, but could not get past Bravo's quarter guard, which was aided by Bravo's gi pants. After about the eight minute mark, Bravo became aggressive, and began to attack, using textbook (literally) Eddie Bravo Half Guard techniques.
Bravo went from Quarter Guard to Lockdown, repeatedly landed the Electric Chair, and ended up with a Vaporizer that would have shredded the knee of any normal world-class grappler.
The current success of the UFC rests on Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar 1 at the TUF Finale in 2005. If Jiu-Jitsu becomes a widely appreciated and exciting sport, it began Saturday night.
The entire sport owes Eddie Bravo a massive and enduring round of applause.
Gifs courtesy of Zombie Prophet
Lastly, it must be said that realistically speaking, Jiu-Jitsu in a gi is markedly less exciting than no-gi, even at the very highest levels. If Director Ralek Gracie wants to appeal to the fanbase that trains in a gi, then by all means, continue with the current 50/50 split.
However, if Ralek wants to appeal to people that enjoy exciting grappling, then confine the Gi matches to unaired prelims, minimize the the number, or otherwise bring the no gi matches to the fore.
Saturday, 29 March 29 2014
Peterson Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Eddie Bravo X Royler Gracie (No-Gi) - no submission, bout a draw
Clark Gracie X Rafael "Rafa" Mendes (Gi) - no submission, bout a draw
Keenan Cornelius beat Kevin Casey (who on 30 minutes notice replaces Vinny Magalhaes who is out with an infection) (No-Gi) - Inside Heel Hook
Renato "Babalu" Sobral X Dean Lister (No-Gi) - no submission, bout a draw
Guilherme "Gui" Mendes beat Samir Chantre (Gi) via submission (baseball choke)
Sean Roberts vs. Zak Maxwell (Gi) - no submission, bout a draw
From Vinny Magalhaes' official Twitter:
Bad news: I'm out of my metamoris match against Keenan Cornelius.
On Tuesday night after I got done with all my training sessions, I noticed a tiny little thing under my arm which looked like nothing but an ingrown hair. It didn't change size or anything throughout the day on Wednesday, I did some pad work in the evening with my Thai coach and everything went fine.
When I got home from the gym, I felt like the area was getting too hot and I was starting to have fever. When it was around 11:00 pm i decided to go to the ER, and see if what I had was more than just an ingrown hair.
The doctor said that I found out soon enough that there was nothing in it to be drained but said that I had staph infection, and prescribed me some antibiotics. I got on them right away, and the next day I notified Ralek about the infection, and also told what the doctor had told me. The doctor told me that 24hrs after starting the antibiotics, I should start to see results, and most likely it wouldn't spread out.
Well, keenan contacted me, I told him the situation and he knew the risks and still agreed to the match. Over these last couple days, things just got worse, I had really high fever all night these last couple nights, even though I was on antibiotics, the wound wouldn't stop getting bigger.
So today at around 2 I decided to get a second opinion and the doctor told me that I might have MRSA, since the antibiotics haven't worked at all and I'm on my third day on them.
I'm at the hospital right now, the doctors will give me an IV with antibiotics and drain the area.
The Dr. Just walked in and said that this is one of the most painful thing according to her patients... FUUUUU
Well, sorry everyone that was rooting for me, and those that bought the event expecting me to be part of it... I tried... I really tried.
Mixedmartialarts.com is a mixed martial arts site.
However, some events in styles that comprise MMA are so notable that they richly deserve coverage and discussion. One such was Saturday's Metamoris 3. The six, 20-minute matches in the Jiu-Jitsu invitational has no judges and no points. Win by submission or go home with kissing your sister.
Live stream was purchased at www.metamoris.com/live-stream for $20.
Commentators: Kenny Florian (UFC fighter Fox Analyst) & Jeff Glover (Jiu-jitsu legend)
Eddie Bravo X Royler Gracie (No-Gi)
Gracie seeks revenge for the legendary ADCC loss to the most innovative figure in Jiu-Jitsu.
Clark Gracie X Rafael "Rafa" Mendes (Gi)
Smash passing, Omoplata tapping, Berimbolo sweeping Gracie vs. Six-time mundial champion and two-time ADCC champion Mendes
Keenan Cornelius X Vinny Magalhaes (No-Gi)
Surging Cornelius vs. MMA fighter, BJJ champion, and UGer Magalhaes.
Renato "Babalu" Sobral X Dean Lister (No-Gi)
Guilherme "Gui" Mendes X Samir Chantre (Gi)
What happens when two 50/50 masters face off?
Sean Roberts X Zak Maxwell (Gi)
Ralph Gracie trained beast vs. Gracie Humaita world champion Maxwell.
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