Star UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is readying his weapons to take a crack at Bráulio “Carcará” Estima in a No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu match next month. The under-82 kg, or 180 lb, bout is the main draw for the 1st World Jiu-Jitsu Expo, an innovative event promoted by fighter and teacher Renzo Gracie coming up May 12 in Long Beach, California.
Getting in the mood for the super showdown, GRACIEMAG.com sifted through the treasure chest and dug up five classic No-Gi matches that pit MMA monsters against beasts of the gi.
Ronaldo Jacaré vs Randy Couture – X-Mission, 2006
Ricardo Arona vs Tito Ortiz – ADCC 2000
Mark Kerr vs Leonardo Vieira – ADCC 2000
Javier Vazquez vs Jeff Glover – ADCC Trials 2005
Marcelinho Garcia vs Ricco Rodriguez – ADCC 2005
What about you, what’s your favorite classic match between Jiu-Jitsu and MMA stars? Let us know in the comments field below.