Metamoris kicked off its third professional jiu-jitsu tournament last night (March 29, 2014) via online pay-per-view (PPV) from inside the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.
Metamoris 3: "Bravo vs. Gracie 2" featured a main event rematch between Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie, over a decade after 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.
Was it a fluke?
That's hard to say, seeing as how there was no clear winner in their "City of Angels" rematch, After 20 minutes of exciting back-and-forth action, "Bravo vs. Gracie 2" was declared a draw. Gracie was top-heavy early, but Bravo weathered the storm and attacked the knee.
He even busted out a few electric chairs.
They continued to trade positions of strength and there was some jibber-jabber during a late restart, but once the action got back underway -- aside from a nasty calf slicer -- there just wasn't enough time on the clock to find the finish. Bravo looked impressive throughout and really came alive toward the end.
Perhaps we need another go-round?
Zak Maxwell and Sean Roberts got the party started and spent a good portion of their 20-minute draw playing pattycake in 50/50 guard. Maxwell had a couple of nice choke attempts in the waning minutes but Roberts proved to be a tough nut to crack.
The same can't be said for Samir Chantre, who succumbed to a baseball choke from Guilherme Mendes, who was going after that lapel early and often. The five-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu gold medalist laughed off a couple of leg attacks and never appeared to be in any sort of real danger.
Neither was Dean Lister, as he battled fellow ex-Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) standout Renato Sobral in the third bout of the evening. Lister was the aggressor throughout and "Babalu" had a couple of slick escapes -- and even sunk in a front headlock near the end -- but to no avail, as their match ended in a draw.
Kevin Casey wouldn't be so lucky.
Then again, the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 contestant took his bout against Keenan Cornelius on just 30 minutes notice, when it was learned that Vinny Magalhaes was hospitalized and forced to withdraw from what appears to be MRSA (details).
After a spirited affair, Cornelius locked up an inside heel hook to seal the deal.
In the second-to-last match of the night, Rafael Mendes and Clark Gracie exhausted their 20 minutes on the mats with no clear victor emerging. There were a couple of close calls, as Mendes had the back early on and Gracie countered later in the match with an ankle lock, but this one also went to a draw.
Here are the full Metamoris 3 results:
Eddie Bravo vs. Royler Gracie declared a draw
Rafael Mendes vs. Clark Gracie declared a draw
Keenan Cornelius def. Kevin Casey via submission (heel hook)
Dean Lister vs. Renato Sobral declared a draw
Gui Mendes def. Samir Chantre via submission (baseball choke)
Zak Maxwell vs. Sean Roberts declared a draw
There you have it.
Any fight fans out there catch the live stream from Los Angeles? And do you think we need a "Bravo vs. Gracie" trilogy?