We've already mentioned that this past Saturday's Stikeforce "Heavy Artillery" event was only notable to DSTRYRsg because of Jacare's and Roger Gracie's presence on the card. Later, Strikeforce added BJJ legend and MMA veteran, Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro to make it even more stacked with grappling royalty.
Here's what we saw:
ROGER LOOKED GOOD: Randleman, as expected seemed an underwhelming "opponent." And, this was just what Roger needed to progress in the MMA game. He displayed some decent stand up, and even decked Randleman with a knee. In the end, Roger was superior on the ground and finished it in Round 1 with the RNC.
JACARE LOOKED OK: Jacare won by decision. His performance wasn't entirely disappointing, but I think we all expected more from him- particularly on the ground. He created great positions by scoring takedowns, but wasn't able to capitalize on them. It goes to show that MMA is wildly different from BJJ. Also, you have to give Joey Villaseñor a lot of credit for withstanding Jacare's ground attack. Jacare also looked gassed in Round 3 - check it out:
SHAOLIN LOOKED STRONG AND WAS ROBBED: For those unaware, Shaolin is a legendary BJJ and a grappling champion. These days, people know him mainly from his career in MMA, fighting primarily in Japanese and UK promotions. He debuted in Strikeforce on Saturday against undefeated Lyle Beerbohm and unfortunately the bout was not televised.
In evaluating the grappling performances of each of these 3 grappling "all stars," we'd say Shaolin exhibited the most dynamic grappling baddassedness in his match (taking nothing away from Roger's submission, which was textbook), despite the fact that he lost a split decision. A classic example of judges not seeing or valuing submission attempts. Round 2 was the most telling (check out the armbar attempt at 3:36):
So, there you have it - a recap of only the important stuff from the DSTRYRsg grappling-centric perspective.