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?