This gathering of titans happened Feb 16 in Rio de Janeiro.
Rodolfo Vieira, a fan of Ronaldo Jacaré since his earliest rolls on the mat, always dreamed of training with the most famous fighter from Amazonas. But something would always get in the way: One didn’t have his gi, or the other didn’t have the time. Last month at Pedro Rizzo’s gym in Manguinhos, Usina dos Campeões, Jaca and Rodolfo finally shared a ring like old friends.
It happened after their interview, the cover story for Graciemag’s upcoming Brazilian print edition. Jacaré was in a certain hurry, but he remembered he needed to show Rodolfo, who is ten years his junior, some tricks of UFC-focused BJJ. The art of throwing one’s opponent’s weight against the mesh, for example, was something Jacaré took some time to learn. Like a good teacher, Jacaré showed Rodolfo the shortcut so he doesn’t struggle with the same thing in his career, whose victorious debut took place in February.
Watch this part of their session below.