The growth of Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) as a whole has taken off with the emergence of the Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipUFC). Many historic names; like Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, and even someone like Tank Abbott, comes to mind when you bring up past legends of the UFC. Not too many of the casual fans know about the roots of where these specific arts come from, or who excelled the most in their specific expertise. When the UFC came to surface in the early 90’s the fighters themselves solely focused on one discipline, and with no weight classes; it was very common to see two fighters of not the same size, to compete against one another. The Gracie family led by Royce Gracie, proved size made no difference as the 170 lb. fighter went on to submit fighters that weighed as much as 260 lbs. Now his brother, Royler Gracie, will continue the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as he enters the submission only Metamoris Jiu-Jitsu invitation to avenge his last loss in the event, against the unconventional Eddie Bravo, at Metamoris 3.
The win was considered somewhat of a fluke in the jiu-jitsu world, many have demanded a rematch to prove just that, for over 10 years. Royler Gracie was one of the favorites heading into their first match up; Eddie Bravo was considered a dark horse, tremendous potential but not expected to beat someone of Gracie caliber. Bravo shocked the MMA and Jiu-Jitsu world when he pulled off a triangle choke and got the legend to tap. Ever since many have demanded to see the match up again, leaving the hardcore fans waiting for precisely 11 years. The submission match is a lot different from typical MMA matches in a variety of ways. There is no judge and there is no further rounds; the grappling match is timed for 20 minutes, if neither fighter can submit the other opponent the match will be declared a draw. There are no points for grappling, wrestling, submission attempts, or certain dominant positions gained; this match is strictly based on making the other opponent submit, no other options are available.
Metamoris 3 also includes former UFC fighters Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral and Vinny Magalhaes. The Gracie family will also be represented by Clark Gracie, as he takes on established jiu jistu grappler, Rafael Mendes. The event will take place in Los Angeles, California tomorrow at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. The event itself is sold out, but Metamoris 3 will be live streamed on their website for a $20.00 fee. its a grudge match for both; one to prove it was only a fluke, and for the other to prove it wasn’t just like on his side that night he choked out Gracie. The anticipation has already been building for the all the hardcore fans around the world, now their goal is to get the casual fan to understand the world outside of what is the UFC. There is no other time better then now to make this rematch happen, nothing better then watching two submission experts grapple each other into the new world revelation of fighting.
Commentary by Justin Huffman