ADCC: Traven requests chance to “fix” most disappointing match of his career

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Roberto Traven remains active, training daily, and wants to test himself. Photo by Dan Rod/

While the promoters of ADCC 2013 are mulling over which nation will host the event (Brazil is in the mix) and which stars will adorn the card, there are plenty of Jiu-Jitsu black belts hard at training with the aim of being part of the grappling spectacle.

So far, though, only the ADCC 2013 supermatches have been announced, with Bráulio Estima facing off with current champ André Galvão, and Zé Mario Sperry and Fabio Gurgel squaring off in a veterans dream match-up.

Now, Professor Roberto Traven, absolute champion of the 1999 ADCC, is one of the fighters hoping to get in on the action. And his reasons are personal, as he made clear to today.

“I really want to do a supermatch at ADCC 2013, and so I’m trying to get my request heard by the organizers. I feel I’ve done enough in my career to deserve this opportunity. Everyone who’s been around me in training and competition knows I’m ready. I’m in incredible shape,” Traven began.

“I’ll face anybody. I’ll take all comers. I was dreaming of getting another crack at Zé Mario Sperry, which would be a rematch of the most disappointing fight of my career and a chance to fix what went wrong [the match ended 0-0, without much by way of action]. But the supermatch was given to someone else, so I have to wait my turn. But I feel I could compete at the next event but against a different opponent,” said the Rio de Janeiro-Atlanta transplant.

“I’m down for anything, even a four-master-aged-fighter tournament that includes Zé Mario and Fabio’s match, with me against someone else in the other bracket. I don’t care what the circumstances are, I just want everyone to know I want it and I’m ready,” he said, leaving his message.

What do you think? Would you like to see Roberto Traven and his stalwart guard at ADCC 2013? Speak your mind to the Jiu-Jitsu community, and send your message.

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There are 65 comments for this article
  1. Ayanthi Gunawardana at 6:17 pm

    ADCC this would be an amazing matchup, we all want to see it! A great chance to see one of the most underrated veterans in this sport return to competition.

  2. Brian Oravetz at 6:23 pm

    Oh this is a no brainer. Professor Traven is not only a shining ambassador for the sport, he is one of the truly exceptional teachers of any era. I'd almost fly anywhere in the world just to see Professor Roberto Traven compete in this event.

  3. Stephen James at 6:30 pm

    Professor Traven is ready for a super match. Whether its today or next year. He very much deserves it!! Please make it happen.

  4. Kevin Synan at 6:51 pm

    Myself and everyone I know in the BJJ community wants to see Professor Traven compete in this. Please make this take place.

  5. Chris Haraszti at 9:38 pm

    I like the idea of a "legends of the sport" bracket at adcc or even another venue. It would be really interesting. The display of bjj by 5th and 6th deg blackbelts would be amazing! I would like to see a tournament with guys like Traven, renzo, draculino, gurgle, sperry etc. I know these guys don't compete but Trust me they are still kicking some ass behind closed doors!

  6. Christy Synan at 11:35 pm

    YES….PLEASE make this fight happen! Master Traven deserves a super fight. He is 100% commited to his training and a constant mentor and instructor! Let's make this happen for him! Vida Jiu~Jitsu!

  7. Vlad Djouraev at 12:17 am

    ADCC has to make this happen because Master Traven is an athlete that is always training hard to be ready for any challenge. It would be a good re-match to see, please make it happen.

  8. Luke Long at 10:55 pm

    Roberto Traven is an amazing instructor and a fantastic competitor. This is a great opportunity for fans of the sport to see some amazing match-ups, PLEASE make this happen!

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