Conor Huen's controversial DQ at No Gi Worlds


On Saturday, lightweight MMA fighter Conor Heun entered the World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship in Long Beach, California. After applying a toe hold on his opponent, Huen says his Brazilian opponent verbally tapped (in Portuguese), but not recognizing the term, he did not release the submission. The two nearly came to blows, and referee Anjinho awarded the match to the opponent, on disqualification for failing to stop.

A review of the tape appears to show the match going out of bounds and the referee breaking the match, in Portuguese.

(4:00 minute mark)

An upset Huen complained bitterly via twitter:
•I am a warrior. This is my destiny. I pray that my actions on the mat tonight may glorify my creator and inspire others. I walk the path.
•I got DQ'd b/c my opponent tapped verbally in portuguese, I kept going. When he started throwing punches I thought we'd have some real fun
•The ref said "You need to know 4 world in Portuguese." "I don't speak it I told him". "What is the name of this sport?" "Submission Wrestling?"
•"Get out of the tournament" he said. I guess Brazilians get mad when you beat them with @10thPlanetJJ and call it "Submission Grappling"
•When half the contests end in DQ maybe its time to examine the rules
•I'm sad I didn't leave with a world title (brown belt doesn't really count anyway) but it was a moral victory and a learning experience.
•I was taught to protect yourself at all times and don't stop till the ref breaks it up.


However, like the vast majority of combat sports with major international competition, BJJ requires participants to know some words in a single language, in this case Portuguese, so everyone is on the same page. Under Olympic boxing rules for example, every player, regardless of language, is required to know the only three worlds the referee will use: “stop” (boxing), “box” (begin again) and “break” (step back — used to break up clinches).

IBJJF Hillary Williams explained the rules: "PAROU means stop. LUTE means stalling. COMBATE means fight. It's in the first page of the rules, and it's three words. Judo is in Japanese, BJJ had three simple, easily distinguished words."

Huen then took a concilliatory tone, again via twitter.
•I should have read the rules before competing. I'm not mad I'm gangster.
•I'm not mad at all. I should have read the rules. I don't stop till my opponent is unconscious or the ref stops me.
•I have no hard feelings. It was a learning experience and I'm smarter for it. Thanks for explaining the rules to me.
•I didn't read the rules before competing I paid the price. . . No problem, I'll win it next year



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Fillthy site profile image  

11/10/11 7:35 PM by Fillthy

How much discretion does the referee have in a 'reaping the knee' violation? Can he issue a warning?If so, I spread the blame between the ref and the DQ'ed participant. I'd say this case clearly warranted a warning and a re-position. It didn't appear anyone was at risk from the position, and the ref could have corrected the behavior w/out sacrificing the integrity of the competition. Frankly, it looked like the guy who got the DQ win baited for the position and pointed out a technicality to the ref to save himself from a loss he knew was coming. If the rule is 'reap the knee, immediate DQ' I can't fault the ref or the other player. Hard lesson, but I bet it sticks.

Floppy Divac site profile image  

11/10/11 1:18 PM by Floppy Divac

 "He starts to whine and then stops. So you liked that "coaching"?" Not at all, but I've always heard jackasses yelling crazy shit at the few tournaments I've been to when their guys are competing.  Not saying it's cool to do, just saying that when the match is over they tend to chill out a bit.  It's not usually something personal that carries on after the match is over from what little I've seen of this behavior.

12SixElbow site profile image  

11/9/11 11:27 PM by 12SixElbow

Participate in BJJ tourneys that don't have that rule.  

NHB USA site profile image  

11/9/11 11:23 PM by NHB USA

That is so douchebag to yell "Break it! Break it!" over and over during a Jiu Jitsu competition. I understand it's a high level but shit. BJJ is a sport that doesn't even allow slams but yet you guys encourage your grapplers to inflict permanent damage on someone.

Diaz 3:16 site profile image  

11/9/11 10:09 PM by Diaz 3:16

lol like stopping when youre off the mat?

Naughty Gorilla site profile image  

11/9/11 9:28 PM by Naughty Gorilla

Wow, BJJ is getting too many retarded rules. It's going to become like sport judo soon

SleepBomb site profile image  

11/9/11 9:18 PM by SleepBomb

 last i heard a knee cannot say no, so i would feel comfortable winning a court case against those silly charges of knee rape.

Team GDP site profile image  

11/9/11 8:31 PM by Team GDP

google'd it and found answer on shitdog: "reaping the knee is when you wrap your outside leg over his leg and put your leg across his hips" link has pictures

Snappy Whistleteeth site profile image  

11/9/11 8:15 PM by Snappy Whistleteeth

 I think it's raping the knee.  Musta been posting from an iPhone...

Wasa-B site profile image  

11/9/11 6:48 PM by Wasa-B

what is "reaping the knee"?