Rafael vs Charles

2014 Rickson Cup

Absolute Semi-Final


Rafael Mendes vs Charles Gaspar

Each week with My Favorite Matches, I try to add an additional layer of context, theme or opinion to the match so that you watch the video. More importantly, I want these weekly editions to provoke you to go down the rabbit hole of competition video.

Some weeks, I highlight a particular individual that people will benefit attempting to imitate. Some weeks, MFM is about a moment or series of moments that are historic and should be remembered like those moments people remember in other sports. Finally, MFM may just bring the most bat-shit crazy technique that no one will ever do again.

This week is one of those bat-shit moments. I bring you a choke that is a once in a lifetime finish. Maybe I am being a little hyperbolic, but its been 5 years since this match and I have yet to see anything like it.

We introduced Rafael Mendes , who is in the discussion as the best Featherweight ever, to you before. While this match is ultimately about its conclusion, pay also particular attention to his movement. Charles really never had a chance.

Enjoy Rafael vs Charles.

Magid vs Zak

2013 Abu Dhabi World Pro Trials

Elimination Match

San Diego, California

Magid Hage vs Zak Maxwell

Magid Hage is well known for one thing, which becomes obvious in the video. Magid was a steady competitor in the early to mid 2010’s, but has dropped from the scene in recent years.

Zak Maxwell was a child prodigy of sorts, being the child of Black Belts Steve and DC Maxwell. He had success in the lower belts and became a very tough player in the lightweights at black belt. A mainstay on the circuit until the mid 2010’s, he has also dropped from the competition scene. It is unknown if he is still training.

Enjoy Magid vs Zak.