Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros vs Roberto ” Roleta” Magalhaes
We introduced Roleta (here in the white Gi) here in his 1998 Absolute final against Ze Mario Sperry. He returned the following year against newcomer, Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros.
In the 1999 Worlds, “Comprido,” which is “lanky” in Portuguese, was competing for the first time at black belt after receiving his promotion for winning the 1998 World Championship at Brown Belt. 1999 was a very good year for him as he won the Pan American, Brazilian Nationals and this match. He would go on to repeat as Absolute Champion in 2000, then moved on to coaching and competing in Masters divisions.
This match has two unique features: This is the first absolute final determined by a submission. Also, to date, this is the fastest recorded submission in an absolute final.
Garry Tonon has made his name in no gi events: Metamoris, Eddie Bravo Invitational, No Gi Pans, Polaris and ADCC. Regardless if he wins or loses, he is fun to watch. Stalling does not exist in his repertoire.
Rousimar Palhares is known for one thing: his inability to let go of submissions when people tap. Doesn’t matter if its a grappling event, MMA fight, or – rumor has it- even in regular training, he won’t let go. He is the dirtiest fighter today.
Polaris is a UK- based professional grappling promotion of submission only super fights. For this event in 2016, Gary and Rousimar agreed to a catchweight of 83kg (~183 lbs). I don’t know the official weigh in, but it looks like Garry could have weighed in fully clothed with a backpack on to meet the limit.
So we have Garry, who is always attacking, and Rousimar, who is always trying to injure. A classic MFM edition.