Roger Gracie’s final step on a Worlds mat

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Looking through Graciemag’s archives of the Worlds, we came across this picture of Roger Gracie in 2010.

Seems like an ordinary image, but it isn’t.

It shows the actual last step taken by Roger on a mat of a World Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Notice that Roger is holding the trophy of three-time black belt absolute champion.

He had just received it from IBJJF, after having his arm raised without having to fight in the absolute final, because Rômulo Barral got injured in the medium heavyweight final against Tarsis Humphreys.

Another detail in this image is the presence of Xande Ribeiro in the stands, in the white gi.

A two-time absolute champion himself, Xande missed the opportunity to fight for that trophy when he lost the semifinal match to Rômulo Barral.

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