Eddie Bravo fought Royler Gracie to an exciting, 20-minute draw in the main event of the Metamoris 3 professional jiu-jitsu tournament last Saturday night (March 29, 2014) via online pay-per-view (PPV), which took place inside the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.
But not all the drama took place on the mats.
Grappling elder statesman and Royler's brother, Royce Gracie, stormed backstage to confront Bravo about comments made against the Gracie family, according to a report from The Underground. Not surprisingly, things quickly escalated until trainer Jean Jacques Machado was forced to intervene.
Gracie details their altercation to MMA Fighting:
"I met him after the fight and he was there, throwing up. Royler dominated him so much, he did so much strength, that he threw up after the fight. I told him that I liked what he said after the fight, but didn't like the fact that he always talked trash about Royler and my family. He stood up and started yelling, so I also raised the tone of my voice and told him I didn't like it. I'm a vale-tudo fighter. I'm not a fighter to score points of fight with time limit. Let's (fight) with no time limit and with punches allowed. I'm a vale-tudo fighter, I don't compete in (grappling) tournaments."
The 47-year-old Gracie hasn't fought since a controversial 2007 win over Kazushi Sakuraba.
Bravo turned the jiu-jitsu world on its head with a shocking upset submission win over the previously unbeaten Gracie -- son of Helio Gracie -- at the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) grappling tournament in 2003. After years of back-and-forth bravado, they finally gave it another go-round.
See how it all went down here.
The general consensus following the Metamoris 3 main event was that Bravo performed exceptionally well and may have even held an advantage, particularity in the second half of the fight. However, Royce doesn't see it that way, insisting Royler was the dominant grappler.
I have a feeling we haven't heard the last of this.