The fourth Metamoris Pro Brazilian jiu-jitsu invitational went down last Sat. night (Aug. 9, 2014), live from Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., featuring renowned jiu-jitsu practitioners and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters competing in a series of grappling "super fights."
Chief among them was retired Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight import Chael Sonnen, who battled decorated jiu-jitsu veteran Andre Galvao in the main event. This, in spite of threats from Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to levy severe financial penalties for his participation.
Was it worth it?
Well, the good news is Sonnen got paid. The bad news? He was easily subbed by Galvao (rear-naked choke) in the pay-per-view (PPV) headliner, which shouldn't come as a surprise to most fans. That isn't a knock on "The American Gangster," but rather a testament to the level of competition he was facing.
See the GIF of his submission loss here.
Probably not the best start for the "new face of Brazilian jiu-jitsu," though I'm sure he held up his end of the bargain by bringing a bunch of new eyeballs to the grappling promotion, which was undoubtedly the intent of Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie.
In other words, mission accomplished, though not everyone was grateful.
Renato Laranja not feeling the love.