Vinny vs Fabricio

2011 ADCC World Championships

+99 kg Championship Final

Nottingham, England

Vinny Magalhaes vs Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio has been showcased here on a few occasions, so lets introduce Vinny “Pezao” (big foot) Magalhaes.

Vinny is most notable for No Gi competitions and appearances in UFC and M-1 Global.   I have seen him successfully execute more than a few flying arm bars, which for a super heavy weight, is pretty impressive. He is also well versed in the leg lock game, before it became a thing.   His lone championship is the referenced match against Fabricio, winning the +99kg class of the 2011 ADCC championship.

This clip captures the most intense 3 minutes of their match.  You will wince once or twice as you see both of them struggle.  I am not sure how long the full match lasted, but Vinny prevailed on points which means it was a minimum 20 minutes.  So picture having to endure what he went through and still come out on top.  Just goes to show, if you want something that bad, you have to sacrifice something.

Enjoy Vinny vs Fabricio

Rafael vs Cobrinha

The History of

Rafael Mendes vs Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles

The last 15 years has spoiled us to an unprecedented growth in competitive grappling.   Regardless of where you are in the world, a promotion exists that is hosting an event near you every weekend.   Add to this that most major events are streamed in some form or fashion for our viewing pleasure.

As the sport grows, so does the quality of competition.  We become familiar with the players and start to play fantasy matchups when brackets are released.  In the end, we get rivalries.

Today, we go deep into one rivalry that stands above all others:  Rafael Mendes of Atos vs Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles of Alliance.   First, below is a side by side comparison of their podiums by promotion:

Rafael Cobrinha
6 x World Champion


5 x World Champion

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 20017

2 x ADCC Champion

2009, 2011

3 x ADCC Champion

2013, 2015, 2017

2 x Pan Jiu Jitsu Champion

2011, 2012

4 x Pan Jiu Jitsu Champion


3 x European Champion

2009, 2010, 2014

2 x European Champion

2013, 2017

Brazilian National Champion


Brazilian National Champion


2 x UAE World Pro Champion


4 x No Gi World Champion


From my research, the first time they met was in 2008 in an event called Capital Challenge.   For the next 7 years they would meet 13 times – 12 of them finals.   Here is their head to head record:

2008 Capital Challenge Final – Cobrinha

2009 World Pro Final – Rafael

2009 Pan Semi-Final – Cobrinha

2009 ADCC Final – Rafael

2010 Brazilian National Final – Rafael

2010 World Final – Rafael

2011 ADCC Final – Rafael

2012 Pan Final – Rafael

2012 World Final – Rafael

2013 Pan Final – Rafael

2013 ADCC Final – Cobrinha

2014 World Final – Rafael

2015 World Final – Rafael

In the end, Rafael was 10-3 over Cobrinha.  Their matches were characterized by tight grinding points or referee decisions because they obviously grew to know each others games very well.  But, one time, Rafael did the unthinkable and snuck in the lone submission of their history in the 2012 Pan final.

Enjoy Rafael vs Cobrinha