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Metamoris 3 Preview (Video) with Podcast Supergroup: Aesopian, Open Mat Radio, Verbal Tap, Take It Uneasy

In 1966, Eric Clapton put together the supergroup Cream that gave the world Crossroads, White Room, Sunshine of Your Love, etc. In the same way, five decades later, Raf Esparza brought together Verbal Tap, Aesopian, Open Mat Radio, and Take It Uneasy  to preview the upcoming Metamoris 3 event. Here are two of the clips, I’ll put the other links up over the next few days.

Eddie Bravo vs. Royler Gracie

I was given a limit of 2 “in Russia” references per response, and I took full advantage:

“In Russia, innocence is preserved for you by the state.”

Kevin put together many words that none of us knew, but his fancy drink and the gi he was wearing made him very convincing:

“This is a Socratic environment.”

Keenan Cornelius vs Vinny Magalhaes

Matt eloquently voiced the opinion of the group with:

“Keenan is so hot right now.”

Kevin countered just as eloquently with:

“Yes, but Vinny has been hot for a very long time.”

Rafael Mendes vs Clark Gracie

Zak Maxwell vs Sean Roberts

Gui Mendes vs. Samir Chantre

Dean Lister vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral

Metamoris 3 Predictions: A Tale of Awesome Mismatches

Update (Mar 29, 2014): The six video from our panel discussion are now added below.

Metamoris 3 is coming up on Saturday, March 29. It’s 20 minute matches, submission-only. Below is the line-up (along with whether I think it’ll be gi or no-gi). In bold is who I predict will win. I refuse to predict ties, but I know (sadly) several of the matches will likely go the distance without a submission. I’ll be watching this with several friends, and will take a big Russian shot of vodka for every prediction I get wrong.

  1. Zak Maxwell vs Sean Roberts (gi): Zak – armbar
  2. Gui Mendes vs Samir Chantre (gi): Gui – bow and arrow choke
  3. Dean Lister vs Renato “Babalu” Sobral (no-gi): Dean – heelhook
  4. Keenan Cornelius vs Vinny Magalhaes (no-gi): Keenan – triangle
  5. Rafael Mendes vs Clark Gracie (gi): Rafa – armbar
  6. Royler Gracie vs Eddie Bravo (no-gi): Royler – rear naked choke

Do you disagree with any of these predictions? There are some more details below.

I joined a panel of podcasters to talk Metamoris: Raf and Kevin of Verbal Tap, Matt of Aesopian, and Paul of Open Mat Radio and The Journey Podcast. The YouTube links for each of the six videos from that panel discussion are included below:

Zak Maxwell vs Sean Roberts

zakZak was one of my first training partners / instructors. He left the school I was training at after only a couple weeks of me starting there. But I’ve got to know him pretty well through his friends, without ever exchanging more than a few words with him. The guy is a quiet, humble warrior. He is a much more seasoned black belt while still being very young (25 I believe). I don’t see him losing, but I expect this to be one of the more exciting matches, since Sean Roberts has a lot of submissions up his sleeve. Still, with a better guard and better positional control on top, I’m picking Zak with to win by armbar.

Gui Mendes vs Samir Chantre

guilherme-mendesIf you bet against a Mendes brother, you must know something I don’t. Gui is a jiu jitsu mastermind. He is a much more accomplished competitor: a 3x world champ. A tie is possible here, but most likely it’ll be Gui by choke from back control.

Dean Lister vs Renato “Babalu” Sobral

Dean Lister is a philosopher, and that’s thedean-lister-contra-xande-ribeiro-no-metamoris-pro quality I value above all else in a warrior. If this was an MMA fight I’d give Babalu an edge, but even then it’d be a war. But in a 20 minute jiu jitsu match, I don’t see any way that Babalu escapes Dean’s heelhook, and even if he does that is definitely no way that he is catching Dean (one of the hardest guys to submit). So, Dean wins with a heelhook.

Keenan Cornelius vs Vinny Magalhaes

keenan-corneliusAssuming this will be no-gi, both guys are world class. This is artist versus fighter. Like in the song “Devil Went Down to Georgia”, Keenan is Johnny and Vinny is the devil. This will probably be by far the most exciting no-gi match of the tournament. Still, I just don’t see Keenan getting submitted. This is either a draw or Keenan wins by triangle.

Rafael Mendes vs Clark Gracie

rafaClark Gracie has a great offensive guard, so he will be exciting to watch, and he is 30-40 lbs heavier than Rafa, but… Rafa’s last name is Mendes (of the Mendes brothers), and that means you just can’t bet against him, ever. Clark won Pans in 2013, while Rafa won Pans twice, Worlds three times, and medalled at Worlds 5 times. There will be many submission attempts in this match, but in the end Rafa wins by armbar.

Eddie Bravo vs Royler Gracie

roylerThis is unorthodox weird jiu jitsu versus old school orthodox jiu jitsu. This is Goliath coming back after losing to David in 2003. Eddie is full of surprises, heart, flexibility, and creativity. But Royler is a 4x World Champ, 3x ADCC champ, and he has a room full of killers to train with. On the other hand it looks like Eddie is a bit more fired up for this, and he is getting a lot of love from people online, which is understandable. Eddie is a personality and someone that a lot of people connect with. But still, I’m picking Royler to win by rear naked choke.

Answering Reddit Questions

Mismatches that Look Like Good Matches

To me, it looks like every match was brilliantly put together to look like it’s an even match from a distance, but if you look at the actual competition record, it’s a complete mismatch. That’s brilliant because a mismatch is more likely to result in a submission, and that’s what people want to see. But, of course, I could be completely wrong, surprised, and drinking shots all night. To summarize my predictions are:

  1. Zak Maxwell vs Sean Roberts (gi): Zak – armbar
  2. Gui Mendes vs Samir Chantre (gi): Gui – bow and arrow choke
  3. Dean Lister vs Renato “Babalu” Sobral (no-gi): Dean – heelhook
  4. Keenan Cornelius vs Vinny Magalhaes (no-gi): Keenan – triangle
  5. Rafael Mendes vs Clark Gracie (gi): Rafa – armbar
  6. Royler Gracie vs Eddie Bravo (no-gi): Royler – rear naked choke

Do you disagree with any of these predictions?

Major Competitions Help Me Ask Tough Questions

I’m quickly realizing why competing at large events such as Worlds is great for my development as a jiu jitsu player. In the last month, I was often struck by the thought that “holy crap, I’m going to have to fight in a division of 120+ guys very soon” and “holy crap, is this guard pass going to work on everyone?” and “holy crap, am I doing the right things to improve my cardio?”

I’ve been asking a lot of tough questions of myself, both big and small. Everything from “why am I doing jiu jitsu” to “where do I most prefer to grip on a toreando pass”. Just like deadlines help me be more productive at work, major competitions help me ask the tough questions of my training, technique, and general approach.

You don’t have to be honest with yourself when you’re training, but when you’re competing, your opponents will force reality onto you. They will reveal the holes in your game, in your mental fortitude, in your strategy. There is no hiding from the truth on the competition mat.

So with the Worlds lurking in the near future, I’ve already become a much better and smarter jiu jitsu guy. I have a lot of changes planned for my training over the summer that will make me much better. Of course, I’m not changing anything in now in the weeks leading up to Worlds, but I’m planning a lot of things for afterwards.

Plus, all the big names in jiu jitsu are putting out interviews and videos of things they are doing to prepare for Worlds. All these resources make my planning for the future that much easier. For example, check out a fun and intense cardio session with some BJJ killers like Andre Galvao, Rafa Mendes, Gui Mendes, etc:

There are a bunch of little changes I am going to implement after Worlds. But the big one is definitely more drilling. I already drill a lot, but I’m planning to take it to another level over the summer. I want to have flawless fundamentals and that requires tens of thousands of reps.