150lb Jiu-Jitsu black belt vs. 250lb bodybuilder in no-rules fight
150lb Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Pedro Sauer vs. 250lb bodybuilder and Mr. Utah, Lance Batchelor, in a no-rules fight.
Batchelor, being a broadcaster on a local radio station and a professional bodybuilder, was convinced that size and strength would determine the outcome of a no-rules fight, and that skill had little or nothing to do with it.
Believing this, he allowed himself to be prodded by his friends into publically announcing a challenge to Pedro on the airwaves. Pedro, sight unseen, who without hesitation, accepted.
This was a no-rules fight but there would be no eye-gouging and no biting. Also, the fight would be stopped if the referee felt that either fighter was in danger of suffering permanent injury.
Batchelor wrote a letter after the fight that was printed in the September 1994 issue of Black belt magazine. The title of the letter was: ‘Unbeatable System is Beatable” In the letter, Batchelor went on to claim he was legally blind at the time, with no martial arts experience. He also claimed that he won the fight against Pedro because one of Pedro’s students jumped in to stop the fight because his arm was in danger of being broken. Batchelor says that he wasn’t in any danger and therefore, Sauer lost the fight to a “legally blind, non-martial artist”.
Pedro Sauer was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, having started his combat sports training through boxing at the age of five. Sauer also added judo and taekwondo to his expertise at a later stage.
At age 15, his friend Rickson Gracie invited him to come and train Jiu-Jitsu with his younger brother (Royler Gracie), who was only nine years old. The outcome of this experience convinced Pedro that jiu-jitsu was the most effective of all the martial arts, and he began grappling at the Gracie academy the very next day.
In 1990, Sauer decided to quit his life as a stockbroker and moved to California following the original wave of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors who traveled to America to teach BJJ. He lived in California with Rickson Gracie and trained daily with the Gracie brothers (Rickson, Rorion, and Royce).
In December 1990, he moved to Utah where he remained for a long period, pioneering jiu-jitsu in the American southwest. He is one of the most highly sought after instructors in the U.S.24