June 4, 2012

Farewell to Two Legends of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Arguably two of the greatest heavyweights to grace the mat's in BJJ have decided that the 2012 Worlds is where they will rest their belts forever.  Much in the same vain as wrestlers leaving their shoes on the mat signifying their retirement from competition, Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz and Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros left behind their black belts Sunday afternoon.

Pe de Pano made it to the semi-finals to lose 4-2 to the champion Buchecha, where Medeiros had a bit of a difficult time in the quarterfinals.

These two warriors combined have won more championships then most of us will even enter, and they have literally fought a "who's - who" of the BJJ world throughout the years:

Marcio Cruz @ the World Championship’s Finals
2003AbsoluteBlackRoger GracieWin
2002AbsoluteBlackSaulo RibeiroWin
2002PesadissimoBlackLuiz GuilhermeWin
2000AbsoluteBrownEduardo MachadoWin
2000Super PesadoBrownMarcelo CarestoWin
1999PesadoPurpleCarlos NelsonWin
Marcio Cruz @ the Pan Am’s Finals
2005AbsoluteBlackXande RibeiroWin
2005PesadissimoBlackAlexandre Dantas “Café”Win
2003AbsoluteBlackFabricio WerdumWin
2003PesadissimoBlackAlexandre Dantas “Café”Win
1999AbsoluteBlueWilson BorgesWin
1999PesadoBlueLeonardo StancioliWin
Marcio Cruz @ the Brazilian National’s Finals
2001PesadissimoBlackCarlos Alberto dos SantosWin
2000AbsoluteBlackLeo DallaWin
2000Super PesadoBlackRenato FerroWin
1999AbsoluteBrownMaxwell CarvalhoLoss (team mate)
1998Meio PesadoBlueLuis DuarteWin

Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros

Main Achievements:
  • 3x World Champion (1998 – Brown Belt, 1999 & 2000 – Black Belt Absolute Division);
  • 3x Pan American Champion (1999, 2007, 2009 – Master Division);
  • 2x Brazilian National Champion (1999, 2000);
  • 2x World Cup Champion – CBJJO (2002, 2006);
  • European Champion (2011 – closed the bracket with team mate Igor Silva);
  • 2x World Silver Medallist (2001, 2004).
Weight Division: Over the years “Comprido” has bounced between Meio Pesado, Pesado, Super-Pesado and Pesadissimo.

We have a lot to learn from these guys!  I thank them for their years of service and battle.  Though I am sad to see them go, I hold nothing but mad respect for both!
Thank you,



  1. Nice post!

    And I noticed (I think!) Rafael Lovato wearing a 1914 gi... didn't he?

  2. Indeed;) How ya been girl?