Marcelo vs Ben

Training Session

Unknown Date and Time

Marcelo Garcia Academy

Marcelo Garcia vs Ben Askren

Sometimes you get just as much benefit from watching regular training sessions as you do from watching competition footage.   You never know the context of the footage – what either person maybe working on or attempting to do.  But, no podium is at stake which can bring out interesting sequences.

Here, Marcelo Garcia is hosting Ben Askren at his academy and they filmed a 7 minute sparring session.  Everyone knows Marcelo, but Ben is a former NCAA Wrestling Champion, 2008 Olympian, former Bellator and One Championship Welterweight Champion, and will soon be making his debut next year for the UFC.

As with some MFM entries,  you get a unicorn – that move or sequence that is so rare you will never see it again.  Ever.  

Enjoy Marcelo vs Ben.  

 ps. The music starts off as a little distracting.  Then it becomes kind of hypnotizing.  Stay with it… it works

Rodrigo vs Roberto

1999 World Championships

Absolute Final

Tijuca Tenis Clube, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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.

Enjoy Rodrigo vs Roberto