Eddie Bravo came into the limelight in 2003 upsetting Royler Gracie at the ADCC semifinals. Eddie was a relative unknown who, with his unique style of Jiu Jitsu was able to submit Royler via a triangle choke. Over the past ten years, the BJJ community at large has been questioning the legitimacy of Eddie Bravo, and March 29, 2014, he was finally able to put that to rest. This really was one of the few rematches in BJJ/MMA that lived up to the hype.
As usual, we’ve got the highlights, play by play GIFs and analysis below. Let’s have a look!
19: 45 remaining:
Eddie jumps straight into half guard, ending up with more of a quarter guard.
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Over the next few minutes, Royler and Eddie fight for underhooks. Royler looks to pass with the knee slice as Eddie looks to get his electric chair position.
Royler gets his right underhook and puts on the shoulder cross face in hopes to get knee slice pass. This puts Eddie flat on his back making it harder to execute his half guard game and at risk of getting passed.
Eddie creates a frame (Jaws of Life as 10thP guys call it) on Royler’s face to create space and his left undertook back allowing him to get to his side into the electric chair position.
Eddie puts on a nasty electric chair submission attempt on Royler. This puts his opponent in a forced splits position. Royler weathers the storm with his amazing flexibility.
See Eddie talking trash while holding Royler in the electric chair position
Eddie sweeps Royler, Royler is able to kick his legs to move back on top, but Eddie goes for the sweep once again. Eddie holds onto the leg with his right armand gets his left arm around the back of RG’s kneck, clasping his hands together to secure the top half guard position.
Eddie hold the top half position and is able to frustrate Royler (see him gesturing with his hands). Eddie senses Royler relaxing and pulls the leg free to pass into side control.
Royler catches Eddie’s arm with a leg triangle and is able to create some space. Royler gets his arms in and frames to create a scramble rolling to his knees. This works right into Eddie’s game as he rolls into “100% neck crank” with the top half guard lockdown still in.
Royler is able to sit up and shake Eddie off his back. Eddie pulls half guard again and the game continues.
History repeats itself. Eddie gets his left arm underhook, gets the electric chair sweep again and goes for the submission
7:15-6:45 (no gif)
Royler and Eddie go back and forth electric chair sweep, and reversals.
After going back and forth, Eddie uses the electric chair sweep ending up in “stoner control”. They get near the mats edge and the ref stops them. Confusion ensues about the position. Finally a replay is played on the big screen and the action continues.
The action continues in the middle of the mat with Royler trying to take top position (gif to come). Once they reset properly with Eddie having stoner control position, Eddie is able to transition to the vaporizer leg lock.
Eddie cranks the vaporizer. Royler toughs it out until the buzzer sounds.