The year was 2007, the first year the World Championship moved to the USA.
In the Long Beach Arena, Roger gracie was a man under pressure.
Since 2003, he was a sure presence in the black belt open class final, but wasn’t able to secure the gold medal so far.
Year after year, Roger saw his dream of winning the most important title in competitive Jiu-Jitsu postponed by defeates to Marcio Pé de Pano, twice to Ronaldo Jacaré and Xande Ribeiro.
So, when he beat Robert Drysdale in the semifinal, he knew he couldn’t let another chance pass him by.
The opponent would be teammate Romulo Barral, who had defeated the sitting champion Xande Ribeiro.
A close-out was never in question and the two giants went for it.
In this rarity video, Roger talks about the final match and his feelings on the long awaited gold medal.
And you can also watch some of the highlights of that final.
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