Friday, May 26, 2017

Video: Absolute Championship Berkut 75kg/85kg Grand Prix

Looks like the posted virtually all of the match-ups HERE. 
Everyone from Davi Ramos to Marcio Andre to AJ Agazarm to Victor Silverio. A ton of awesome match-ups to watch and scout. Enjoy. I forgot just how many big name guys were in this.
It's arguably the biggest and best pool of guys at a Pro event or otherwise in recent memory if not in modern Jiu-Jitsu. As usual, I'm late to the party.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Leandro Lo vs Erberth Santos - Curitiba Fall 2017 Open (deep kneebar)

Tough match. Leandro dives on a foot and gets the kneebar counter from Erberth Santos. I don't even want to imagine what it feels like to have Erberth tuck your knee behind his armpit for the prime kneebar position leverage. Jesus. Leandro pulls out the win here but damn. Gotta wonder how many times Leandro will beat him before Erberth has his day. Especially with Worlds coming up. I remember at Copa Podio (with significantly shorter match times) Leandro quickly secured the back off a pass attempt and while Leandro is now bigger than before, Erberth has faced Leandro a number of times since then and really seems to have lost any tentativeness he might have shown at times early on when facing Lo. I can't wait to see them face one another at Worlds with the Gi portion of the sport's biggest title on the line.
Despite the specter of steroids and the like, it's still a great time to be a Jiu-Jitsu fan.

Demetrious Johnson Wants Money Fights Unless it's TJ Dillashaw

Not long ago Demetrious Johnson was talking money fights and complaining about his lack of perceived value as a lower weight class fighter. TJ Dillashaw wants to come down and Might Mouse is inventing all kinds of thin arguments why he should face a guy who's not a former champion and with far less name recognition (sorry Ray Borg, it is what it is).

Rizin Announces Bantamweight Grand Prix

Video: Garry Tonon vs Shinya Aoki Countdown HL

Video: UFC Stockholm Gustaffson vs Teixeira Fight Breakdown & Picks

My picks:
Teixeira via TKO round 2
I can't trust Gustaffson to not get clipped by Glover's bombs.
He's dropped the ball previously against not Jon Jones or DC which is the maddening thing, he took both of those guys to the razor's edge, two of the best LHW in years.

Cirkunov submission round 2
Ben Saunders via submission round 3
Marcin Held by Submission round 2
Chris Camozzi via decision
Joaquim Silva via decision

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rafa Retires - Conspiracy Theory(?)

In the wake of the much publicized recent world champion banned for two years, I hate to be a Descartes and feel the waves out doubt but Rafa's seemingly out of the blue retirement leaves me not so much just sad but suspicious. This isn't an attack on him as fanboys will assume simply that the timing means he's retiring before the one time per year he'd be tested for steroids if even selected. 
(Can we just stop pretending testing ten black belts once a year is cleaning up the sport?)
At any rate, having watched a ton of documentaries on cycling, Lance Armstrong, the recent Russian Olympics systemic cheating's not at all improbable that Rafa got word he would be among those selected. The IBJJF has been accused by Caio Terra and others of protecting its golden boys based on old alliances to storied teams and all the nepotism and friendships that exist, to say nothing of the conflict of interests that result. 

This is a long winded way of saying if the USADA showed up 6 months before Worlds and tested all the brown and black belts it would be a very different group of guys on the podium/even eligible to compete. 

You can call me anything you want but the testing that currently exists is a band-aid on a gaping wound that is PEDs in competitive grappling.