Thursday, May 2, 2013

Copa Podio Spotlight: Lightweight Grand Prix - Oliver Geddes vs Victor Estima

The disparity in their wins at the elite level is discouraging for those hoping to see a non-Brazilian excel in the homeland of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I refuse to believe Oliver Geddes has the depth of training partners necessary to prepare for someone as crafty as Victor Estima. Estima is dangerous from many positions and Geddes' notable wins have come against predominantly European competition rather than the worldwide type of talent Estima has faced even in his losing efforts on the big stage.

Oliver Geddes - Roger Gracie's first black belt across the pond, and his most recognizable competitor.
Geddes shot to notoriety when he kneebarred Marcos Souza (brother to Satoshi, Marcos recently won his division at the Abu Dhabi Pro against Victor Estima coincidentally enough). Collecting Marcos' scalp at the high level IBJJF Euros in 2012.
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Roger Gracie > Oliver Geddes
Main Achievements (in BJJ/Grappling):
  • 2 x Abu Dhabi Pro European Qualifier (Purple/Brown/Black 2009 & Brown/Black 2011)
  • 2 x CBJJ European Lightweight Champion (Purple Belt Division; 2009, 2010),
  • 2x CBJJE European Champion (Purple Belt weight & absolute, 2009, 2010 brown)
  • 2x British Open Champion (Purple Belt, 2009, brown 2010)
  • No-Gi British Open Champion (Purple Belt, 2009)
  • No-Gi Pan-American Silver Medallist (Purple Belt, 2009)
  • Pan-American Bronze Medallist (Purple Belt, 2009)"

Victor Estima - Brother to the inimitable Braulio Estima, and noted competitor in his own right.
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Victor Estima
Main Achievements:
  • Nogi World Champion (2011)
  • European Open Champion (2012)
  • 2x World Silver Medallist (2003 blue, 2005 purple – absolute)
  • World Pro BJJ Cup Silver Medallist (2009)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2008 & 2009 black)
  • European Bronze Medallist (2008 weight & absolute, 2011 black)"

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