As annoyingly old school as it sounds, it's really true that Jiu Jitsu back in 2003 looked nothing like it does now. A lot of that has to do with the development of video content as well as social media on the internet. Back then BJJ communities were more closed off and insular and very small. We didn't have as much exposure to varying schools of technique and philosophies of teaching. Most of what we knew and who we knew of was via word of mouth which filtered through our teams, which were our clans. I was purple belt then and I was part of the RCJ Machado family of academies. I'd rolled with Eddie once before, when he was a purple belt and I was a blue belt. He was known then for his twister and for being a good guy under JJM (that's Jean Jacques Machado). The ADCC events were a little mysterious and the only way to watch any of them was via VHS/DVD.
When word spread that Eddie submitted Royler Gracie with a triangle, it was big. Really big. He was a guy we all knew or knew of and that generation of Gracie's was still considered largely untouchable (e.g., Royce's loss in 1998 to Wallid Ismail was also considered a huge deal).
Suffice it to say, we here at DSTRYR/Sg were already excited to see Eddie and Royler go at it again. And, thanks to the magic of Stuart Cooper, we are thoroughly and emotionally charged for this long anticipated rematch.