Amaury vs Fabio

1997 World Championships

Absolute Final

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Amaury Bitteti vs Fabio Gurgel

Today, MFM will go back in time to the very first contested Absolute Division final in the history of the World Championships.

While there were “Mundials” in 1996, the Absolute division was a close out between teammates Amaury Bitteti and Ricardo Liborio. Amaury (on the left in the video) was the chosen champion, making him the first Absolute Champion ever. In 1996, Amaury had to battle Fabio Gurgel (introduced before here ) in the Semis to reach the final. In 1997, they would meet again in the final.

Amaury was a member of the famed Carlson Gracie Team (prior to the split to Brazilian Top Team) but had a very limited competitive experience (relative to his teammates) – 2x Absolute Champion 1996/1997, Brazilian National Champion 1998/2000 – Heavyweight. He then moved on to dabble in MMA, coaching and MMA promotions.

I enjoy going back and watching old footage to compare the techniques and strategies to what we see today. What is interesting about this match is what it lacks- many of the intermediary positions that we employ today. There are moments of stand up and scrambles, but this is primarily a Closed Guard/Bullfighter Pass battle. Yes, it is a little boring, but use the footage to imagine what you could do differently knowing what you know today. It makes for a compelling thought exercise.

Enjoy Amaury vs Fabio

Adam vs Leandro

2019 Pan Jiu Jitsu Championships

Heavyweight Semi-Final

Irvine, CA

Adam Wardzinski vs Leandro Lo

This match was the upset of the weekend during the Pan Championships this past March.

We have introduced Adam “Mr. Butterfly” Wardzinski (white GI) here. So let’s talk about Leandro.

Fighting Leandro Lo is like trying to give a feral cat a bath. He is impossible to sweep, his guard is virtually impassible and he rarely gets submitted (which makes this match more amazing since all 3 occur).

Leandro is a 6 time World Champion – in three different weight classes. He is a 6 time Pan Champion, a 3 time Brazilian National Champion and 4 Time UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion. Oh, and he is a 7 time Copo Podio Grand Prix Champion- in three different weight classes.

So, suffice to say he is pretty good.

I witnessed this in person and was very pleased when the IBJJF posted it for free.

Enjoy Adam vs Leandro