Last weekend was the 2012 Abu Dhabi Trials in San Diego and it was rather action packed. Xande Ribeiro ended up facing Rômulo Barral in his weight division final and Andre Galvao in the absolute final. Now, if you haven’t noticed, I’m a big Andre Galvao fan. Andre has an extremely hard guard to pass and I was extremely surprised at how Xande passed it. Not taking anything away from Xande, because I know who Xande is and I know he’s one of the best in the world, but so is Galvao, so it was interesting to watch. It is good to note that Galvao did win his division, beating Clark Gracie via points from a pass. Anyway, below is a highlight of Xande’s exploits, enjoy!
I think watching instructionals is important as they are good supplemental tools, but even more important in my opinion, is the viewing of high level matches. Depending on the time of the week (Mon.-Tues. we have gi at Team Mannon/Thurs.-Fri. we have nogi) I’ll be watching different matches according to what they are, either gi or nogi. As it is Thursday and we’re doing nogi at Team Mannon, I’ve been watching nogi matches. I must say, the match posted below is one of the most exciting, on the edge of your seat, technical matches I’ve seen. It’s from the Ultimate Absolute, which took place in July of 2011. Sixteen high level grapplers came together to fight for the winning prize of $10,000, plus submission bonuses of $1,000. The rules are slightly different, as they are a hybrid of ADCC and IBJJF rules. So, I hope you enjoy, because I certainly did.