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Ralek Gracie explains Metamoris rule changes to prevent repeat of Brendan Schaub vs. Cyborg Abreu stinker

I get the feeling the next Metamoris jiu-jitsu tournament won't include Brendan Schaub ... or any other full-time UFC fighters, either.

Back on June 9, 2013, Metamoris held its second jiu-jitsu tournament at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif., featuring a main event between Kron Gracie vs. Shinya Aoki. In one of the featured televised fights, UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub took on Robert "Cyborg" Abreu.

Our own Andy Richardson described it as an "awful match" highlighted by an "embarrassing display" by Schaub.

From his live results and play-by-play:

This is the jiu-jitsu equivalent to Kalib Starnes vs. Nate Quarry right now. With nine minutes left, Schaub has yet to do anything at all.


Apparently, Richardson was not alone, as Ralek Gracie, the man behind Metamoris, has taken his formula into the workshop for repairs. What has returned is a revamped tournament that will eliminate judges and points, while implementing a yellow card system for stalling.

Straight from the horse's mouth:

"What we're gonna do is bring in a rule where you cannot hold a grip or prevent an action for any extended period of time to which it becomes obvious you're not doing anything with that action or with that grip to progress or create something in the match that will ultimately be more advantageous to you. If you don't do that, you're going to get a warning and then the second warning is going to be a yellow card. Maybe we'll take a percentage of the purse from one of the athletes of whoever the violator is... We're definitely going to do everything that we can to focus on only the most dynamic jiu-jitsu athletes and people who essentially put their focus in the submission and willing to go out there and put in on the line."

See how it all went down here.

Gracie also apologized for Schaub's performance, insisting it was "The Hybrid" who approached him about participating in an "honorable way." He also blames the structure of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) for conditioning competitive grapplers to strategically stall during point-based matches.

It will be interesting to see how these proposed changes affect Metamoris III.

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