2001 ADCC World Championships
First Round Absolute Match
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Ricardo Arona vs Roger Neff
Ricardo Arona (starting left in the video) is primarily known for his MMA career. Look at the fights that he had in Pride and its easy to conclude how tough he is.
But he holds a very interesting place in the history of ADCC World Championships. He is a 3 time class winner (+99KG in 2000, +99KG and Absolute in 2001), He is one of 8 individuals who won both his weight class and the absolute class in the same year, and in the 12 matches he had in those two years, he never conceded a point.
An interesting story about his opponent, Roger Neff. In early 2000’s, I attended a no-time-limit, No Holds Barred (it wasn’t called MMA back then) event in a basketball gym of a Catholic Church in South Florida (I know, weird…but true). Roger Neff was the main event. As him and his opponent squared off and traded some slaps and kicks (oh…forgot to mention, it was bare knuckle) Roger shot in and picked his opponent up for a takedown. The subsequent pile driver not only knocked his opponent out, it knocked him out. Neff was motionless in side control for about 30 seconds. All 103 of us in attendance believed both were dead. Then the corner of Neff’s opponent ran onto the floor (there was no cage, no ring, just 1/4 inch think Walmart puzzle mats) and started to pull Neff off their guy. Neff’s corner didn’t like them touching their guy so they rushed in. Then supporters of each camp joined the fracas. Riot ensued.
It was glorious.
Enjoy Ricardo vs Roger.