Grandmaster innovates, trading red belt for white belt

At the age of 80, Grandmaster Flávio Behring has reached a historic milestone: 70 years in the gentle art. Unable to wear the 10th degree, which is reserved for the creators of jiu-jitsu, Behring chose to graduate anyway. He decided to celebrate his seven decades in BJJ by retiring his red belt and tying a white belt…



Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio: day 1 highlights

This Friday, Arena Carioca 1, one of the venues built for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, welcomed a sizable crowd for the first day of the third stage of the 2017/2018 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam World Tour. Day 1 featured white and purple belt contests among adults and masters. Plenty of drama…



St-Pierre and the RNC that put Bisping to sleep at UFC 217

At UFC 217, held last Saturday at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Georges St-Pierre returned to the Octagon in style. After nearly four years away from the cage, the former welterweight champion faced Michael Bisping for the middleweight belt, and his jiu-jitsu was put to use. GSP took the fight to the ground at the start of round…



ADCC and BJJ: Have we entered the era of specialization?

Adapted from an article by Jiuliano Leon * During the 2017 ADCC Worlds, held last September in Finland, I noticed that some friends were surprised by the number of wins by black-belts theretofore unknown to fans of competitive BJJ. Me, I chose to smile, applaud and give kudos. Congratulations, BJJ community; welcome to the era…



20th anniversary of Pride 1: historic photo gallery

It seems like it was yesterday, but twenty years ago we went to Japan to witness the first Pride event. Rickson and Renzo Gracie represented Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for an audience of over 40,000 people. Check out this historic photo gallery below. During his fight against Akira Shoji, Renzo Gracie went for an arm-in guillotine choke but…



Leo Leite talks strategy for upcoming Bellator bout with Phil Davis

A two-time BJJ world champion and Olympic judoka, Leonardo Leite is also a success story in MMA. Undefeated so far with ten wins, he has been recruited to debut in Bellator on Nov. 3rd against former champion Phil Davis. Graciemag caught up with Leo Leite at a Fox Sports studio in early October. Here’s how…



BJJ: The sneaky standing RNC that worked in the UFC

A night of great matches in Poland with the 188th edition of UFC Fight Night, held this Saturday in Gdansk. The main event saw Darren Till defeat the favorite, Donald Cerrone, by TKO to remain unbeaten, but a different fight was more interesting to us BJJ fans. Jan Blachowicz, a local athlete and former KSW champion, faced Devin Clark as part…



Watch Yuri Simões and Mirko Cro Cop spar in Croatia

Two-time ADCC champion Yuri Simões is on another level when it comes to no-gi. With plans to move to MMA soon, he has begun doing related training, and this week he found a fearsome partner to go up against. Passing by Croatia, Yuri met with the legendary Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. The former Pride FC champion, who…