#220 Ryan Hall, Cobrinha vs Mendes $10,000 Match

by Caleb on July 18, 2010

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Ryan Hall’s hand is raised after a victory in his debut as a black belt at the 2010 BJJ World Championship. Photo courtesy cohost Dan.

Ryan Hall’s been in the spotlight of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world for several years now. After parting ways with Lloyd Irvin at the beginning of 2009, Hall has been working on the transition from standout competitor to jiu-jitsu school owner and learning how to balance the needs of being a high end competitor with the needs of his students and his business. All this while becoming promoted to black belt by Felipe Costa! This week on the show we hear about what that’s like from the highly analytical mind of Hall (as well as from cohost Dan!).

Next we will jump on the phone with Bray Devours, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu student from Georgia who is one of several who are attempting to organize a no time limits, submission only Brazilian jiu-jitsu match between 2010 BJJ featherweight world champion Rafael Mendes (Atos Jiu-Jitsu) and 2009 BJJ featherweight world champion Rubens Charles Maciel (Alliance Jiu-Jitsu), aka Cobrinha. Bray represents a group of diehard BJJ fans who have offered $10,000 to the winner of that match. As of the time of this writing, Cobrinha has agreed to the terms but Rafael Mendes has stated he would need more money to make it worthwhile. Devours gives us all the details on how the idea came about and where it may lead in the future.

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Rafael Mendes awaits to be called to the mats at the 2010 BJJ World Championship. Photo courtesy cohost Dan.

Ryan Hall Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles awaits to be called to the mats at the 2010 BJJ World Championship. Photo courtesy cohost Dan.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

rowdy July 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm

great show!

PhilQNY July 19, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Another great show! Ryan Hall is a great BJJ player, it’s always awesome to see him on the mats @ (mG)NYC. On Cobrinha vs R. Mendes no time limit submission only match! Oh my Jiu-Jitsu God I would LOVE to see this happen! Mega props to Bray Devours for getting to this idea up in the air for discussion.. and the possibility of this type of match occurring in our BJJ world. Who wouldn’t want to see this match take place?

Marcos July 23, 2010 at 9:35 am

I think Rafael no going to do it…
The only way he can defeat Cobrinha is by points using the boring 50/50.
If he open hes game Cobrinha would finish him…. no questions!

AIX July 25, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I think Rafael would have the edge because of his age/endurance, as was evident on the double OT in Abu Dahbi. He may be stalling by not readily accepting the match though, so he can have time to prep for the fight.

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