Kazushi Sakuraba vs Royce Gracie I, Pride Grand Prix, 1 May 2000
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This is a monumental fight in MMA history and signifies the evolution of the sport.
Kazushi Sakuraba is known as The Gracie Hunter or even as The Gracie Killer. Throughout his career, he defeated four members of the Gracie family including Royler, Royce, Renzo, and Ryan. He single-handedly dismantled the unbeatable institution.
This is the legendary fight, Kazushi Sakuraba vs Royce Gracie. The rules for the match were altered to reflect the Gracie mentality of allowing the best fighter to prevail. The match had no time limit and virtually no rules except for no eye gouging and no attacks to the groin. Rounds were 15 minutes each with one minute rest in between. This epic and engaging thriller lasted 90 minutes but without a single dull moment.
Eddie Bravo vs Royler Gracie II, Metamoris 3, 29th March 2014
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Metamoris 3 presents one of the greatest rematches in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the main event fight between Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie. The first time these two met was in ADCC 2003. The match ended with Eddie Bravo submitting Royler Gracie by triangle choke. Almost 11 years later, the two Brazilian Jiu Jitsu masters meet again.
Eddie Bravo is a 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. His teacher is Jean-Jacques Machado, a legend in BJJ of his own right. Eddie Bravo is known as an incredible Jiu Jitsu technician and a master of the rubber guard. He is also the founder of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. To UFC fans, we also know Eddie Bravo as commentator Joe Rogan’s teacher.
Royler Gracie is a 7th degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt. He is the son of grand master Helio Gracie. He used to run the Gracie Humaita school in Rio De Janeiro. Royler is also a two-time Pan American Champion, three-time ADCC World Champion and four-time World Jiu Jitsu Champion.
It is also incredibly suitable that the rematch is held at Metamoris. This is the third year Metamoris is held and offers an incredibly interesting and pure take on BJJ competition. Each match is 20 minutes and winners are only determined via submission. The format aims to discourage point fighting and remains true to BJJ.
Click below to watch two different versions of this fight.
- The first version is the original video from Metamoris 3. Commentary provided by Kenny Florian and Jeff Glover.
- The second version is an incredibly insightful view with commentary from Eddie Bravo. Eddie goes through what he is thinking and planning at every second of the fight.