Tiny Jiu-Jitsu world champion vs. Catch wrestler twice his size
I can honestly say that the following footage is one of the most inspirational and impressive displays of martial arts I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch.
The folks over at JiuJitsu.net recently hold a Blue Belt Challenge at their headquarters in Orange County, California. Two brackets of sixteen men wearing GIs were set to compete in that tournament. The catch? There were only two weight divisions (under 185 pounds and open weight)!
The following footage features a bout between two very different men. The first one, Will Pursselley, is a 25-year-old Catch wrestler heavyweight. His opponent, Thalison ‘Little Miyao’ Soares, is a 17-year-old Light Featherweight kid. Yes, you’ve heard it right. Little Miyao, a LIGHT FEATHERWEIGHT kid, was set to take on a heavyweight powerhouse.
The thing is though, Little Miyao is no ordinary kid. In fact, and at just 17 years of age, he is no less than an European, Pan-American, and World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion. The kid is an outright, legitimate BJJ prodigy.
Would Little Miyao’s amazing credentials and skills be enough to defeat a giant in Pursselley? That was the big question going into their bout.
Well, spoiler: yes, Little Miyao’s skills were enough. Not only did he manage to defeat the much, much bigger man, he did so in such outstanding fashion that Pursselley had nothing for him whatsoever.
Little Miyao immediately pulls guard and goes for a De La Riva guard. He then procceds to take his opponent’s back seemingly effortlessly and gets his two hooks in. He eventually chokes the big man out with a beautiful choke.
50 seconds. That’s what it took a 17-year-old prodigy to choke out an opponent who was almost 100 freaking pounds heavier than him. Keep an eye out on Little Miyao. That kid could be up to outstanding things in the future.