2003 ADCC World Championships
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Marcelo Garcia vs Vitor Ribeiro
Marcelo Garcia (black rash guard) is a MFM regular because of his G.O.A.T status in Submission Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
But in 2003, no one knew him. Legend goes, he failed to qualify for the ADCC championships by losing in the final of the South American Qualifier by penalty. He gets a call to be a late replacement for someone who withdrew at the last minute. He shows up, makes his way through the bracket (including a quarter final win over Renzo Gracie) to be achieve the first of his four -77kg titles. A star is born.
Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro is a two time World Champion (1999 and 2000) at Lightweight. He later transitioned to MMA and had a very solid career in Shooto, K-1, Dream, and Strikeforce.
I have watched a lot of matches in my day (maybe too many). I really can’t pinpoint any other match that has a better start to finish sequence than this.
Enjoy Marcelo vs Vitor