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

Espen vs Gareth

2017 Copenhagen Open

Middleweight Final

Copenhagen, Denmark

Espen Mathiesen vs Gareth Neale

Like his teammate Tommy Langaker,  Espen Mathiesen (Blue Gi) is another burgeoning Jiu Jitsu player from Norway.  He had a break out 2018 by winning the Jiu Jitsu World Pro in April (3 of his 5 matches ended by submission, including the final against Jake Mackenzie), then followed it up with a 3rd place at the Worlds in June at Lightweight (he lost in the semi-finals to multiple world champion, never gets scored, never gets submitted, Lucas Lepri only by an advantage).

He is constantly on the attack, always hunting for a submission, which is why he is another player to pay attention to.

Enjoy Espen vs Gareth