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There’s a long running argument that there are different levels of Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts, which is often backed by how competitors do against others of the same rank.
“His style is dangerous; it has some techniques and positions that are dangerous, but not too much. It’s ABC jiu-jitsu,” he told ESPN, describing his own style as “traditional” jiu-jitsu. “Eddie Bravo’s style uses half guard,” dos Anjos said. “[My BJJ coach, Roberto] “Gordo” [Correa de Lima] made the half guard!”
While their submission win ratios are similar (Sotiropoulos has 8/14 to Dos Anjos’s 7/14 wins via sub) their styles are decidedly different.
A black belt under John Will since 2002, Sotiropoulos, who is also a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under Eddie Bravo, is a half-guard/rubberguard player who is very hard to submit as evidenced by his fight with Shinya Aoki in which he refused to tap to the Japanese submission specialist’s relentless vicious ankle-lock and knee-bar onslaught.
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Dos Anjos, who is a black belt under de Lima is more of a top player (which is a rubber guard stylist’s dream) who isn’t against calling it quits when push comes to shove. Remember he tapped to a Clay Guida headlock in his last bout because of a jaw injury and he did the same when caught in a heel hook by Andre Galvao in the Brazilian ADCC trials in 2007.
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Dos Anjos hasn’t really demonstrated the control on the ground that G-Sots did against fellow black belts Joe Stevenson and Kurt Pellegrino, so to say he’s superior may be a bit of a stretch, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see if he’s just blowing smoke up all of our asses on Saturday night.