Coming soon the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo: Thanks Uncle Renzo!!!
ADCC leads to a lot of guys with better things to do: *ahem* Kron.....now Romulo.
Romulo Barral and Kron Gracie both decided they had other things to do than the Jiu-Jitsu World Expo since they won. Kron was at least up front, saying, "yo, I'm gonna focus on MMA". Barral has an "injury" which miraculously popped up. I could be completely off base (Romulo is a big inspiration for me having come back from a brutal knee injury (2 actually - Humphreys & Galvao) but I'll be honest likewise and admit if I'd won the premier submission grappling event in the world the idea of some guy gunning for me a month or two later would seem kinda "meh".
But then, this is your job.
This is great exposure.
And Leandro Lo is a huge threat having seen him beat Calasans and his NoGi game is very unknown/wildcard-ish. If Romulo wins, he was supposed to be the ADCC winner who beat a guy that the ADCC committee said had no real nogi accomplishments to speak of (seriously, Leandro Lo got a letter basically saying that as to why he was no offered a spot).
If Leandro Lo wins, he immediately steals some of Romulo's ADCC shine/luster.
Or maybe, my tinfoil hat is working overtime, and maybe Romulo just got hurt.
In good-ish news, Jake Shields will now face Leandro Lo in a NoGi superfight.
Palhares will face Dean Lister in the battle of leg lock-ers (see above).
The next time you hear a white belt say "I can't get armbars," show them this:
From over at Graciemag
|if you're too young to get this reference, go to youtube and watch "In Living Color"|
Disclaimer: These are the observations of a 4 stripe blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo black belt, and 2-3 record amateur MMA fighter.
I'm sure far more experience people have much more insightful things to say about Cobrinha's game, but this is my blog and these are my initial observations.
I've been watching Cobrinha's Complete Game which was an awesome gift from a good friend/training partner.
A couple things come to mind:
IN watching the competition footage, I forgot how good Bruno Frazatto is/was and how close he was to Cobrinha's level for several years there and how close their matches were at times, coming down to points and even referee decisions minus the toe hold in the closing seconds of the Mundials one year.
IN watching the NoGi portions, Cobrinha inverts VERY quickly and effectively to come up to top position. In fact, his Gi and NoGi game when watched separately almost seem like two different players/competitors.
IN watching the Gi matches, Cobrinha had little problem with the 50/50 as long as he was on top and winning. Once Rafa came to the party and beat him at it, then it became a stalling position that didn't open up the game when you ask Cobrinha about it. Bruno Frazatto can attest to this.