liquidrob - Sorry, I should have mentioned his Self defense resume, I'm sure he has some good bear Hug counters!
He might, but his don't get picked up defense is rubbish
considering he is training and competing under rules that don't allow slams, he is letting it happen. He has competed ADCC (you might have heard of it) he did get picked up in a triangle and slammed, and he did let go in time and also was able to mitagate the impact of the slam so your point is moot.
Slam or no slam, he would mess up a lot of guys under grappling rules of any type. We are not talking about MMA nor self defense.
I think in an MMA fight, I could likely take Rafa out but due to his level of athleticism and skill, it's not a sure shot. I have an extensive wrestling and boxing background and still actively compete in black belt BJJ competition
In a self defense scenario, Rafa stands no chance against me. I would sucker punch him from the side with my biggest punch and he would never see it coming to employ any techniques against me
In the same self defense scenario, I could probably take out Rodolfo Vieira too, I'd give him a baseball bat to the back of the head when he isn't looking and he wouldn't even touch me
I'd be so fresh in fact, 5 minutes later if I ran into Francis Ngannou, I could probably take him out too. That guy has a mean chin, so I wouldn't strike him. I'd take out my handgun and shoot him from 60 ft away.
See what I did there? WIth all your own artifical rules and stipulations, you could defeat anyone in a self defense scenario