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Monday, October 27, 2014

A BATTLE YOU MUST WATCH: CORNELIUS VS. LO AT IBJJF NY BJJ PRO.


In case you missed it, grapplers, this went down this past weekend.  Say what you like about worm guards and lapel guards and the state of competitive BJJ today (e.g., Rickson Gracie's very public opinion on this subject), these two are at the very pinnacle of the BJJ game.  That's irrefutable. 

I look at a match like this as a true display of everything our sport has to offer in this modern day.  The complexity of Keenan's guard; the adaptability, nuance and sheer athleticism of Leandro's passing skills.  Yes. These kinds of matches are close (often down to the advantage), but that's only because both athletes are so extremely tuned for competition.  When you look at it that way, it's like watching Formula 1 racing or thoroughbred horse racing.  Every movement and movement within a movement matters.

5 comments:

  1. Great, technical fight

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  2. It ended 6-2. I'm not disagreeing but It's hard for me to see how Lo got those 6 points. Need a refs eye.

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    1. I believe it was 0-0, with Lo winning by 6-2 in advantages. He must have been given them for almost passing on several occasions.

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    2. I think it was 6-2 on points. They each got a sweep and Lo took the back at the end of the match. I assume Lo was up on advantages, which is why Keenan tried for the takedown in the last 20 seconds, leading to Lo's back take.

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    3. Did he really get points for the back take? It didn't look like he secured the position. I'd agree with DSTRYR that advantages abounded. Don't forget his moments in half-guard, particularly when he flattened Keenan's back to the mat for a time.

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