May 14, 2011

ADCC Super Fights Announced!

The tap heard around the world!
ADCC has announced its super fights for the September 24-25, 2011 tournament in London!  The biggest news is the re-match between Royler Gracie and Eddie Bravo.  In the 2003 quarterfinals Eddie came out of nowhere with a tight triangle that Royler could not escape.  It is considered one of the greatest upsets in grappling history as this was the ONLY time Royler had been submitted in competition!  Eddie being a protege of Jean Jacques Machado added a little pepper to the mix as well!

Another match pits Renzo Gracie vs. Ze Mario Sperry, and then Braulio Estima faces Jacare in what promises to be a barn burner.

Renzo is an inspiration to all, a true warrior in every sense of the word.  Always training.  Never says no to a fight.  And he backs up what he says!  Of all the Gracie family, Renzo truly embodies the samurai spirit and attitude, where others try a bit too hard in my humble opinion.  This will be a tough fight for Renzo as Sperry is big, and tough!  Both have winning records in the ADCC; Renzo winning in 98 & 00, and Sperry winning 98 & 99.

As for Royler / Bravo II... I am of course rooting for Eddie as I love his approach and attitude, plus we gotta' represent Machado JJ!!!   But in all reality Royler is going to bring it like nobodies business, and I am not sure what kind of grappling shape Eddie is in since he has been rather focused on other aspects of his life and career as of late.  To the best of my knowledge neither have actively competed in the last 5 years.

Here is the full fight from 2003 between Royler and Bravo:

No matter what I will be tuning in to watch the excitement and competition.  Should be a great year for grappling!


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