Travis vs Ole

2012 Olympics

-81 kg Men’s Judo Semi-Finals

London, England

Travis Stevens vs Ole Bischof

For this weeks My Favorite Match, we depart the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling to focus on their cousin, Judo.

I am a fan of International and Olympic Judo and have paid attention to it on and off since the days of Mike Swain in the late 1980’s.  With the internet and Youtube it is now much more available to watch.  I encourage everyone to drop in occasionally and take in a Grand Prix or World Championship.

I have introduced you to Travis and wanted to bring this match to your attention.  His opponent in this semi, is Ole Bischof, from Germany.  Ole was the reigning -81kg Olympic Gold Medalist from Beijing in 2008.   From my scant research, this was not their first meeting.

I enjoy this match for its intensity as both go at each other.  You can tell there is a little heat between the two.  In comparison to other matches I have seen, the best way to describe this is violent.  

This Olympics is also the last time that Judo used Referee Decisions to decide matches that were tied after regulation, then overtime, known as golden score.  I must plead ignorance to the judging criteria of Judo, so I don’t have an opinion either way on the end result (even though someone got robbed!).

Enjoy Travis vs Ole

ps…don’t be deterred by the 31 minute time of the video.  Travis and Ole go first.  The match is about 19 minutes, because there are two blood timeouts to patch Travis back together.  Just fast forward to the action.

Marcos vs Mike

2003 NAGA 


Somewhere in South Florida

Marcos “Parrumpinha” da Matta vs Mike Cardosa

When I was living and training in South Florida, local tournaments became more prominent and competitive as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grew in the region.  American Top Team, which we were affiliated with for a few years, typically had the largest contingent at these tournaments.  Sometimes we had to compete against ourselves in order to get some mat time in.   But, other academies did certainly exist and one, Freestyle Fighting Academy (FFA) took it upon themselves to challenge many of our professionals in a vain attempt at sparking some sort of rivalry. I don’t recall these challenges ever turning out well for FFA, as evidenced by the super fight below.

Marcos “Parrumpinha” da Matta (right) is a revered member of ATT as a coach and MMA fighter.  He accepted a challenge from Mike Cardosa, then of FFA, whose only real accomplishment was making it through to the second round of the -65kg class of the 2001 ADCC championships, before being submitted by Royler Gracie.

I saw this match in person and it was the first time I had ever seen a score over 30 points.

Enjoy Marcos vs Mike