Showing posts with label metamoris. Show all posts
Showing posts with label metamoris. Show all posts

May 8, 2015

Metamoris = Mega Misogynistic

Spend any amount of time in the martial art / sport realm of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and you cannot help but notice an inordinate amount of machismo, and unfortunately machismo is accompanied by its close relative sexism.  It is something many of us ignore, or laugh off, but in reality it is becoming a serious issue in our community and it is perpetuated by folks such as Ralek Gracie and his promotion Metamoris which has a PPV event this weekend. 

As if trying to monopolize submission only events via offering exclusive contracts to stars such as Gary Tonon where one of the many ludicrous stipulations was that he can only fight in Metamoris events (keeping in mind there are only two a year), was not enough... Coupled with a purposeful ploy at bumping submission only PPV promoters such as Copa Podio where Metamoris scheduled there events on the same days as Copa twice in an apparent effort to directly compete with PPV audiences.  I suppose there is nothing technically "illegal" with these kinds of behavior but in general they are considered a giant dick move that really is not needed in such a niche community. 

But I personally draw the line when Ralek and his organization is blatantly sexist and misogynistic in there attitude and approach to once again not including any female fighters on the card! 
"We had one match and it was cool, but that was more of. 'Thats cool and that was interesting and I want to see that again if the girls are cute.'You know how it is.  The UFC wouldn't even have a women's division if it wasn't for Ronda Rousey."  - Ralek Gracie in response to no women's matches on the Metamoris 6 card. 

So prior to spending your hard earned money on the Metamoris 6 card this Mothers Day weekend, think about how you would like Ralek to address your mother, sister, aunt, or wife in one of his "Women Empowerment" seminars!?  We have enough problems in this world where we do not need to feed (literally) those who are just plain racist, sexist, or just down right assholish in our martial community.  Please do not support Metamoris for any of the crapola reasons I have listed.  Take your mom out to a nice meal on you instead.  Much better time and money spent, I promise. 

June 29, 2014

Chael Sonnen Fails Second Drug Test

I caught some flack online for my Metamoris IV post on Friday where I criticized the Gracie family for turning their premier submission grappling venue into a WWE debacle including the drug frenzied Chael Sonnen.  News dropped that Chael failed yet ANOTHER drug test!  Some folks stated that Chael needs these drugs for medical reasons hence his "retirement" from MMA, and that he should not be criticized nor punished for such acts. 

But our friend and BJJ black belt Henry Akin brought a solid point to the table, which I would personally extend beyond MMA to grappling only events as well:

"I dont mind people taking these substances to help them feel better, stay "younger" that's a personal choice. But when you are competing in a sport where it allows you to punch someone in the head much harder then "normal" its like putting someone in the cage with a weapon. It basically gives you the ability to do far more damage to an opponent. People caught using performance enhancing drugs in combat sports should be criminally charged." 

I am appalled at the apathy towards PED's being blatantly used and abused in our sport.  One gentlemen on FB told me to get over being a "purist," which I am not sure how to even respond to!?  I post Akin's words here because he is much more articulate then I am and he brings a point that few (if any) have addressed.  All too often we speak of the recovery benefits roids and PED's offer athletes, but the simple fact of the matter is they all make you bigger, stronger, faster, etc. not to mention causing mental and emotional swings that are uncontrollable.  Hmmmm, sounds like so many other things we deem socially unacceptable, and in many cases illegal.  Yet it seems like society could care less as long as it entertains them.

I refuse to believe that those of us in the BJJ/grappling community will be so accepting of this machismo attitude that seems to becoming more and more pervasive in our culture. 

June 27, 2014

Metamoris 4 - The Royal Roid Rumble

Metamoris broke the news this week that their next event will be Saturday August 9th 2014 in Los Angeles California, and Ralek Gracie (spokesperson for Rorion Gracie, owner of Metamoris and father of Ralek) also announced some of the fight card which has some folks scratching their heads. 

Along with a last minute "secret match" (supposedly neither the fighters nor the public will know until last minute) the following match ups were presented:
  • Andre Galvao vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Josh Barnett vs. Dean Lister
  • Saulo Ribiero vs. Rodrigo "Compridos" Medeiros
  • Vinny Magahales vs. Keenan Cornelius
  • Gary Tonon vs. Kit Dale
Keeping true to the original declaration of presenting exciting matches showcasing the true talent of grapplers in a venue encouraging submissions the match ups of Ribiero and Medeiros, Magahales vs. Cornelius, and Tonon - Dale promise to bring some amazing grappling to the stage in fights we all would love to see.  But I must admit the main event and co-main event have left a bad taste in my mouth.

Both Chael Sonnen and Josh Barnett are MMA fighters with extensive backgrounds in wrestling and Catch As Catch Can respectively, and both have been popped repeatedly for using steroids and performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to the extent that Barnett was stripped of his UFC title over a decade ago. Though Galvao has passed one drug screen (IBJJF just started random tests last year) anyone who has watched his rise in BJJ has to wonder about the sudden muscle gain coupled with extreme acne often witnessed on him.

Seemingly Metamoris is looking to cash in on the WWE type of hype that trashy shit talkers such as Sonnen and Barnett bring to anything they are involved in.  It also seems to be sending a very mixed message to both the general public and impressionable participants in the grappling arts.  As I understood it Metamoris had the objective of getting grappling (BJJ / Judo / Sambo etc.) into the mainstream all the while showcasing matches we normally would not see.  Apparently the Gracie family will do this at all costs without thinking about the quality of men they are promoting.

When asked about Chael Sonnen's "medical condition" (for those unaware... Chael, a professional level MMA fighter, claims to have a problem with low testosterone.  Hence his need for TRT (testosterone replacement therapy.  My eyes could not roll further back into my ginormous skull!!) Ralek Gracie responded with:
“I don’t really know what his situation is with the commission. In my school of thought it doesn’t matter who takes what PED in grappling. It won’t change the game for him anyway. He can roll with half of the black belts I know and he’ll be in serious trouble.”

These comments are common with the Gracie family as they typically beat their collective chests making obnoxious, ego-saturated claims.  The amusing irony in Ralek making these statements is that apparently he did not have that much confidence in his family's grappling back just four years ago in Dream 14 and a unanimous decision over Kazushi Sakuraba where Ralek tested positive for steroids after the win!   Keep in mind this was at a "catch" weight of 194 where Sakuraba normally fights as a middleweight and Ralek typically fights at light heavy. 

All this coupled with the 50% increase in price (now $30 for the stream) has really left me shaking my head.  I can think of a dozen stand up classy men, and women that are far better role models and representatives of the art I love and cherish that would be better fits.  I had high hopes for this event and organization when they were trying to arrange a Jean Jacques Machado vs. Nelson Monteiro fight, but the fact that UFC president Dana White has been discussing scooping up Metamoris for his "Fight Pass" online money pit should be a huge red flag for those of us with some dignity. 

I have grown tired of the hypocrisy and lack of class in an art that was supposedly created to deter such elements of our society.  Yet we turn around and applaud it every chance we get.  I am just as guilty in that I will most likely give them my hard earned greenbacks as I enjoy combat sports entertainment more so then most things available.  This has me pausing and thinking twice about it this time though.  Time for us to raise the standards in our martial community folks. 

March 29, 2014

Metamoris III - Results

"Old Guys Rule" proved to be the rule tonight at Metamoris III where Royler Gracie and Eddie Bravo fought a 20 minute half guard clinic with Eddie throwing on submission attempt after submission attempt including his famous Vaporizer leg attack to which Royler would not give the pleasure of a tap.  A match no one believed would happen until it was well underway proved to be one of the greatest rematches in grappling history where both fighters went for it playing their specific games; Bravo with his infamous 1/2 guard and Royler's renowned knee cut pass. 

I must admit a bit of confusion in that the initial rules stated that a match would not be stopped if a submission was on!?  Technically that match should have continued until a tap or Royler escaped.  Just saying...

Though this fight ended in a draw it proved to be one of the most exciting matches of the event as well as asserting the fact that Bravo's first win was certainly no fluke.  Both of these fighters are well into their 40's and proved to be some of the best conditioned athletes at Metamoris.  I personally would love to see more "masters and senior" fights at Metamoris.  The first Metamoris was supposed to showcase Nelson Monteiro versus Jean Jacques Machado but never happened because of an injury to Monteiro.  But the experience level of Gracie and Bravo combined is well over 50 years, and experience is exactly what shaped the fight of the night!  Imagine if Metamoris brought back some of the rivalries of old... Gracie vs. Machado!?!?  Make sure to vote to your right and leave any feedback in comments below ---- >

The master Jean Jacques Machado coaching his pupil
The third edition of the submission only super show proved to be the best.  Production quality was topped only by punctuality (an issue with past events), with excellent commentary from Kenny Florian and Jeff Glover.  Both of whom brought the right combo of humor and information without the awkward pauses with past commentators. 

Zak Maxwell vs. Sean Roberts
Surprisingly this match opened with a double guard pull which went back and forth until about the 5 minute mark where Maxwell passes Roberts guard and quickly follows into mount.  Attacks of Maxwell are defended to a draw. 

Gui Mendes vs. Samir Chantre
Gui set the pace throughout this match and it was clear early on that though Samir was certainly game, he was simply dominated this evening.  At the 13:30 mark Gui nails a baseball choke with the nights first submission. 

Babalu Sobral vs. Dean Lister
After a frustrating standup period Lister decides to pull guard and but scoot.  This leads to a great back and forth battle that includes the requisite leg attack flurry by Lister.  Though Lister attains mount he is unable to finish.  Awesome no gi battle that ends in the nights second draw. 

Kevin Casey vs. Keenan Cornelius
Originally Cornelius was scheduled to fight Vinny Magalhaes but a pre-fight medical check Magalhaes could not pass due to a staph infection.  Immediately the Gracie's (organizers for Metamoris) made phone calls and were able to grab Kevin Casey, MMA fighter and Rickson Gracie black belt, to fill in at the last minute... literally.  And let me tell you Casey stepped up, sweeping Cornelius several times from standing frustrating the younger fighter for the first half of the match.  But then Keenan's spidey sense kicked in and he noticed Casey tiring a bit and turned on the heat pulling into 50-50 guard, leg dragging Casey's leg to the opposite hip where Keenan attacked the inside heel hook securing the tap at 6:56.

Rafa Mendes vs. Clark Gracie

Simply put...a clinic on explosive Berimbolo attacks, which to the laymen sounds like something terrible you bring back from a trip to Guatemala, but to those who know Rafa this comes as no surprise.  Clark certainly was aware actively backing his hips out and barely squeaking out of Rafa's back control attempts.  Thankfully for Gracie no points were counted as this match ended in a draw.  

Eddie Bravo on Metamoris III

The extended Machado family up here at NWJJA in Seattle, WA. want to wish Eddie Bravo best of luck and godspeed beating Royler Gracie for a second time Saturday night at Metamoris III! 

Training w/ Eddie back in 09.  Miss you Fu and Doc! 

January 22, 2014

Metamoris III - March 29, 2014

Metamoris III has been announced and it sounds like an exciting lineup that will hopefully deliver a bit more action then the last "submission-only-except-in-the-event-of-a-tie-which-is-boring" event.  The main fight will feature the rematch between Royler Gracie and Eddie Bravo (a bit of old school Gracie vs. Machado).
March 29th is the fight date, and they are running a special of 50% off the stream price ($19.99) if you pre-order prior to the end of January.  Not only are Kenny Florian and Jeff Glover commentating this go around, but check out this lineup:

  • Royler Gracie vs. Eddie Bravo
  • Rafa Mendes vs. Clark Gracie
  • Vinny Magalhaes vs. Keenan Cornelius
  • Dean Lister vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral
  • Samir Chantre vs. Gui Mendes
  • Sean Roberts vs. Zak Maxwell
  • Click here to check out the live stream!

April 27, 2013

Carlos Machado Possible Return to Competition!?

What What!?!?  Tis' true... rumor has it that Red-Black belt, and founding professor of BJJ in North America, Carlos Machado may come out of retirement (I mean really... do fighters ever TRULY retire??) to fight on the Metamoris II card in June!  Again, just a rumor but what an exciting one!  Make sure to check back here daily for updates on the fight card and Machado BJJ being involved.

  You saw my post on Carlos below, check out these clips as well:

October 14, 2012

Metamoris - Quick Results and ReCap

Today marked a monumental event in the history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with the first ever Metamoris Invitational taking place at Viejas Arena on the campus of San Diego State University in San Diego, CA.  Sticking to tradition the event was running on Brazilian time with about an hour late start time.  But as soon as the feed went live it was nothing but action! 

I was skeptical about the energy level that the fighters were going to bring to Metamoris, but every single fight proved me wrong.  Buchecha and Roger Gracie was probably the slowest paced fight and that was still an exciting match down to the end minute.  Great sportsmanship and humbleness (sole exception being Galvao!  Damn... I am tired of his bitching!) across the board and dare I say this was the single most exciting grappling event in some time, and that comes on a weekend where we saw the ADCC North American trials in the same city as Metamoris, as well as a jits fueled UFC card from Brazil last night! 

Caio Terra vs. Jeff Glover:
  What a way to start the night off, Terra-Glover II... and to be sure these guys did not disappoint, with Caio answering Glover's clowning in good style and then the two launched into a crazy open guard clinic where both athletes worked at a relentless pace, yet with a relaxed tempo, where stamina played the key role. 
  Glover played an interesting game putting himself in bad positions and even allowing Caio to pass his guard which proves deadly, with Terra gaining side control on the "Pipe Layer" and sealing the deal with a solid arm bar at the 13 minute mark. 
   I loved Glover's attitude of coming out and playing openly, but I think he should have been a bit tighter.  You cannot allow Caio Terra to gain the upper hand on you regardless of the rule set. 

Rafael Lovato Jr vs. Kayron Gracie:
   Gripping up right away we see RLJ attempting his signature kouchi gari on Kayron to no avail, encouraging Kayron to pull guard, where a few seconds later he nails the sweep!  This was a fast paced back and forth jitsfest, which saw several positional changes where we saw RLJ working his infamous pressure passing game, which Kayron maintained and controlled up until  a lapse in focus  enabled RLJ to pass and take the back of Kayron.  Kayron escapes the arm bar and we start back up where RLJ nails a gorgeous Tomonage.  Coming into mount RLJ quickly secures Kayron's arm and rolls him onto his side where he finishes an awesome kimura. 
  Another great fight with the second submission of the night,  with an amazing pace and rhythm.

Kron Gacie vs. Otavio Souza: 
Kron comes out and pulls closed guard immediately working his game perfectly, which turns into an intense grip fight.  Kron's guard work both open and closed as well as his re-guarding skills are off the hook!  After a strange re-start Souza pulls guard only to be reversed by Kron.  Kron gets the sweep comes into knee ride and nails an amazingly fast arm bar to finish Souze with just a few minutes left.

Dean Lister vs. Xande Ribiero:
The only no gi match of the event also turned out to be the first draw of the evening.  A bit more hesitancy in this fight on both fighters part, Lister pulls open guard but Xande easily deals with it.  this match becomes a kimura grip fight game via Xande that culminates into a great arm bar attempt that Lister barely escapes. 

Ryron Gracie vs. Andre Galvao:
A great guard game by Gracie frustrated Galvao to the point he had all sorts of things after the 20 minute fight was declared a draw.  Gracie's hip movement was excellent but he seemed a bit reluctant to attack.  That said Galvao was unable to finish even after attaining side control. 

Buchecha vs. Roger Gracie:
The most anticipated fight in years did not disappoint prophetically ending in a draw that saw some great guard work by Buchecha that really slowed down Roger's passing abilities.  Fighting until the last minute Buchecha even goes for an arm bar in the middle of a scramble and damn near nails it, but Roger squeaks through. 

October 11, 2012

Jeff Glover Prepares for Metamoris

 This footage was just leaked via Wiki leaks and is top secret footage of Jeff Glover preparing for his big fight Sunday at Metamoris versus Caio Terra!