Mendes vs Cobrinha: contact with athletes made and Gurgel approves

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Rafael Mendes in Los Angeles, in a photo from his personal archives

If they decide to embrace the idea of a match with no time limit, a match to the finish, Jiu-Jitsu stars Rafael Mendes (Atos) and Rubens Charles “Cobrinha” (Alliance) will hardly have time to unpack their bags. That’s because Rafa just hit Brazilian soil after a series of seminars in the United States and Cobrinha is in South Korea, and should be back in Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaches, shortly. When they get to their respective destinations, the two already have this proposal on the table, announced exclusively by GRACIEMAG.com yesterday.

The big news of the day is that contact with the two champions was made via email by a group of American investors who drummed up the project, and the subject should come under scrutiny by the aces today. The sponsors haven’t yet mentioned a location for the match, as they await word from the featherweights.

The date suggested by the organizers (and already presented to Cobrinha and Rafael) would be in the month of October, obviously depending on the aces’ agendas and the time they request to prepare.

Choosing to give the athletes some time to think, GRACIEMAG.com only had a brief chat with Fabio Gurgel, one of the leaders of team Alliance, Cobrinha’s team. The team general seemed to be quite receptive to the idea.

“I think it’s a great idea. Cobrinha is in Korea but should be back soon… I don’t know what he thinks yet, but it would certainly be a great showdown,” said Gurgel.

Do you think it will happen, reader? So much to hope for!

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There are 14 comments for this article
  1. Luis at 5:58 am

    Mendes for sure. Cobrinha is OLD news! out with the old and in with the new. This world can’t swallow the fact that there’s a new champ in town. Enough said!!!!!!!!!

  2. Fifty Caliber at 4:41 pm

    Wow… Luis loves to watch boring matches like the ones Mendes puts on using the 50/50. Now, I know you (Luis) are gonna say that Cobrinha uses the 50/50 to, but infact he really seems to only use it against Mendes because that is Mendes entire game. Also I know you are gonna argue the Jiu-Jitsu is about progression point but come on, be real for a minute.
    Let´s see the 50/50 band and have a no point, subs the only way to win rule in this proposed match and see who really has game! I think Cobrinha has a much bigger arsenal of subs, sweep and counters then Rafa.
    If Mendes is the new king of the featherweight division then I´m guessing people will start looking to the other divisions to see some real action because his game is boring as hell to watch.
    Whatever it is that you swallow ady in and out, I am sure you are the only one that enjoys it.. NUFF SAID!!!

  3. Haze at 12:07 am

    How could u count cobrinha out? this is going to be a super fight for that same reason they are both amazing but i have to give the edge to cobrinha

  4. Jiujitsudummy at 11:48 am

    Cobrinha is still a monster…I dont understand how one loss makes him “Old News” he Is a LEGEND and still at the top of his game. Rafa is deserving of what he has accomplished, but cobrinha is still a force in the feather weight division.

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