It sounds like a match made in gentle-art heaven, but there’s a card in the works that has major stars from Jiu-Jitsu’s past and present facing off in classic no-points, fight-to-the-finish style. And it’s not in the UFC.
Metamoris Pro Jiu-Jitsu Invitational is coming up on October 14, and it’ll be headlined by the matchup gi-fighting fans crave most: three-time absolute champion of the world Roger Gracie will be taking on the wunderkind currently holding the world absolute title, Marcus Bochecha, in a 20-minute gi-clad bout where only submissions count for the win. Now that matchup alone would make buying the pay-per-view worthwhile, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
ADCC double gold winner André Galvão will return to the mat too, taking on UFC founder Rorion Gracie’s son Ryron. Then there’s a blast from the past, with ADCC legend Jean-Jacques Machado squaring off with Nelson Monteiro, one of the founders of the ADCC, who will be competing on his home turf.
Now if you can’t make it to the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California, on October 14, you can’t pass up on the live stream. But see if the rest of the card doesn’t make it worth shelling out the airfare:
Kron Gracie vs. Otávio Sousa
Kayron Gracie vs. Rafael Lovato
Jeff Glover vs. Caio Terra
Dean Lister vs. Kevin Casey
Jean Jacques Machado vs. Nelson Monteiro