Caio Terra: “Rafael Mendes is Jiu-Jitsu’s number one pound for pound”

Caio Terra em ação no Jiu-Jitsu. Foto: Ivan Trindade/GRACIEMAG.com

Caio Terra in action in Jiu-Jitsu / Photo: Ivan Trindade/GRACIEMAG.com

Top roosterweight Caio Terra (Cesar Gracie) wasn’t content to just win his division at the 2012 Pan this weekend in Irvine, California. The Rio de Janeiro-San Jose, California transplant beat his friend Rafael “Barata” Freitas (Gracie Barra) in the weight group final and then went straight to matside to study the Jiu-Jitsu going on in the match areas, forming opinions as hard-hitting as his style of fighting.

“To me Rafael Mendes would also win the absolute at the Pan, if he’d competed in it. I’d put money on him,” he told friends shortly after Rafa Mendes grabbed Rubens Cobrinha’s arm and coaxed a tapout in the featherweight final.

“I have no doubt in my mind that he’s the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world right now. I don’t think anyone doubts that anymore, especially with the superiority he showed at this Pan,” said Caio in conclusion.

The very Rafael Mendes (Atos) caught wind of Caio voicing his opinion, promptly disagreeing: “No way, no way…”

What do you think, gentle reader, who is right, Caio or Rafael?

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4 Responses to “Caio Terra: “Rafael Mendes is Jiu-Jitsu’s number one pound for pound””

  1. risto says:

    He’d have to beat Marcelo Garcia first…

  2. THarris says:

    Marcelo Garcia holds that title firmly….and he has done so on many occasions in his own weight class and the open weight.

    Marcelo might have given up 2 points tops at Worlds last year (I will check)….while crushing each opponent systematically and definitively.

  3. Rojackson says:

    Good for Rafael to be so humble. That is the mark of a true champion. Marcelo is still the reigning PFP champ, no doubt. I would love to see them compete head to head gi/no-gi whatever. I’d also love to see Marcelo against Viera as well. Maybe one day!

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