The twelve competitors in Metamoris Pro’s debut event (left to right): Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, Andre Galvao, Dean Lister, Otavio Sousa, Rafael Lovato Jr., Caio Terra, Jeff Glover, Kayron Gracie, Kron Gracie, Xande Ribeiro, Ryron Gracie, and Roger Gracie.
Last Sunday’s Metamoris Pro was watched with great interest from all corners of the global jiu-jitsu community. We were curious about the opinions of some influential jiu-jitsu personalities abroad and asked Fabio Gurgel, one of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu‘s founders for his thoughts. Alliance Jiu-Jitsu is the most successful team of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in recent history, and has won the gold medal for academy results in every IBJJF World Championship since 2008.
The FightWorks Podcast: Where did you watch the event and did you have other athletes from the Alliance family with you?
Fabio Gurgel: I watched at home, no I was alone!
The FightWorks Podcast: Which of the Metamoris Pro matches did you enjoy most and why?
Fabio Gurgel: Xande was the best for me as an individual performance and the fight between Buchecha and Roger was the best.
The FightWorks Podcast: What did you think of the submission only, 20 minute format?
Fabio Gurgel: I think it is a nice idea, every time you take the fighters out of their confort zone you create some interesting to see, I liked the format.
Xande Ribeiro and his Metamoris opponent Dean Lister in the press conference at the event’s conclusion.
Fabio Gurgel: What surprised me was how some fighters get so exhausted in 20 minutes… but of course see someone catching Roger’s arm even though was Buchecha should be considered also a surprise!
The FightWorks Podcast: Alliance has many accomplished jiu-jitsu competitors. Are there any that you think the Metamoris 20 minute, submission only rules would complement?
Fabio Gurgel: I think all my athletes would fit very well in this type of rules, this is something that we do very often in the academy, (long rolls submissions only), unfortunately they don’t invite us this time.
The FightWorks Podcast: Metamoris organizer Robert Zeps has suggested that there could be interest in a “masters” Metamoris event with more match ups like the Nelson Monteiro versus Jean Jacques Machado match. Would you be interested in competing in such an event? You are already scheduled to face Mario Sperry in 2013 at ADCC…
Fabio Gurgel: Why not! I will compete in ADCC and it would be awesome to compete in a gi event like Metamoris as well.
The FightWorks Podcast: Any last thoughts about Metamoris, Fabio?
Fabio Gurgel: I think that in general the fighters put out a great show! The event was very well broadcast and the rules made the event very fun to watch, if it was no time limit it would be more interesting to see how the athletes would handle it but I understand that is hard to build an event with out knowing how long it is gonna take!