Eddie Bravo’s Metamoris 3 guide for the casual BJJ fan
A good rivalry is one of the best ways to gain fan interest. All sports have them and combat sports is certainly no exception. Boxing, wrestling and MMA have shown some great examples, and many epic rematches have come into play as a result. In jiu-jitsu, there has been a rematch more than 10 years in the making, the one between Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie. Let’s get a little background information before we get to the meat & potatoes of this feature.
In 2003, at the famed Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Championship, Bravo-who was only a brown belt at the time-submitted Royler with a triangle choke. If ever there was a feather to pin to one’s cap, that one was made of solid gold. Eddie would go on to great success with his 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu schools that are scattered across the globe, he would write several books, put out instructional videos, make music and have many more life achievements that are too numerous to list.
Royler, now a seventh degree black belt, has also had a distinguished and highly decorated 20 year career on the tournament circuit. He too has seen great success with the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu schools, has written books, and also holds a 5-5-1 record in MMA.
The rematch between these two has been highly anticipated and talked about for years, but never managed to make it past the talking stages until recently. Finally, jiu-jitsu fans will get to see them duel once again on the mat in just a few weeks at the third Metamoris event on March 29.
In a recent interview with Bloody Elbow, Bravo discussed how the match, after so many rumored bookings, is just now coming to fruition and gives casual fans an easy fact guide to Metamoris. Here’s what he had to say:
How the rematch finally came to be
I think it was money. I think he got offered quite a bit of money, and finally decided to make it happen. You know, Metamoris has become about as prestigious an event as you can get. The production value is great, it’s submission only, there are super fights; it really doesn’t get much bigger than Metamoris.
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