With the recent talk on this forum about Carlson's elite black belts a name that is often overlooked is Amaury Bitetti. Not only was Amaury the first 2x Absolute World Champion but he also won his weight division in the 1998 and 2000 Brazilian National Championships at a time when the National Championships was pretty much equivalent to the Worlds with regard to the level of competition. Carlson Gracie Team would often have in-house tournaments to decide who would represent the team at major championships so for Amaury to be chosen to be in the Absolute division the first two years of the World Championships is a major testament to his skill level and Carlson's confidence in him. When you talk about the best competitors in BJJ history he is clearly one of the more underrated athletes since you rarely hear his name in those conversations. Back in the day though there were few better at combining BJJ with judo and wrestling.....you rarely ever saw him put on his back. Although his no-gi and MMA accomplishments were not nearly as decorated as his BJJ career that should by no means tarnish his legacy in the gi. Without a doubt he was one of the best.