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Dubious Claim of the Day: Dos Anjos Says His Jiu-Jitsu is Superior to Sotiropoulos’

(Video courtesy of ESPN)

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.

According to Rafael Dos Anjos, he feels that he is on another level than fellow BJJ black belt George Sotiropoulos, whom he faces Saturday at UFC 132.

“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.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/JustinThoj)

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.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/felipepcs)

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.

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Redping- June 30, 2011 at 11:34 pm
My boy Georgey has this one, because this guy won't be doing the 'if it hits the ground i'm boned' Siver gameplan. Dos Anjos has some decent hands for a brazillian, but Sots' boxing is so crisp i won't be surprised to see him keep it standing through the first round. Sots by Kimura round 2 or 3 I think, he's going to be pretty hungry after his first proper loss
fatbellyfrank- June 30, 2011 at 9:18 pm
G-Sots got this one, and for something unexpected surprise, Ed Hardy bikini's for $25, I'll take a dozen
Cryptococcus neoformans- June 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm
After seeing the punishment that those 10th planet guys take, there is a pretty good chance we'll get to see G-sots get something broken off ala Huen/Almeida
AussieJosh- June 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm
G Sots will sub that Mo Fo!
intercept440- June 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Payday- June 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm
I feel bad for RDA - no matter what the guy does, all most will ever remember him for is doing on the business end of Jeremy Stephen's ridiculous ryuken uppercut that sent him to the spirit world.
SnackDaddy- June 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm
Didn't G-Sot admit that Dos Anjos was very dangerous on the ground? Yep, he did. Go read the last interview of G-Sot you guys did and posted on here. I'm sure it's there. War Dos Anjos!
Fried Taco- June 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm
I thought Steven Seagull invented the half guard.
mikesioda- June 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm
@Stak40 - you can't submit the guy if you can't take him down. G-Sot's weakest area is definitely wrestling.
RwilsonR- June 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm
BTW, I think G-Sot takes this one on the feet.
RwilsonR- June 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm
What Judowned said. I like G-Sot as much as the next man, but this was a hit piece on RDA based on some pretty specious logic.
Stak40- June 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm
Where was G-sots grappling and BJJ when he got dat ass wooped by Siver. It was damn near useless. Maybe it was an off night for him. I mean he has submitted some pretty good opponents but I'm riding with dos Anjos on this one.
ReX13- June 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm
G Sots got this.
mikesioda- June 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm
I think Dos Anjos is a great grappler & this will be an awesome ground war. I have to get the edge to G-sot since this isn't a BJJ point tournament but instead a no-gi MMA match - advantage 10PJJ fo-sho. Especially when you consider G-sots edge in the stand up & his better ability to add strikes in with his ground game.
knucklesamitch- June 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm

You also forgot to mention that Tito had to settle for charity bangs from a worn out whore AND she got pregnant TWICE AT THE SAME TIME.
Judowned- June 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm
So Dos Anjos has suspect grappling because he tapped to a broken jaw that was being crushed and was subbed by ANDRE GALVAO four years ago in the ADCC trials? So losing a match to the guy who placed third in his weight, behind Marcelo Garcia and Pablo Papovich, AND third in the absolute that year makes your grappling suspect?
danomite- June 30, 2011 at 11:53 am
well, Dos Anjos put Tyson Griffin in a fucking STF in their fight. Until G-Sot puts a someone in the Boston Crab I'm gonna give the edge to Dos Anjos.
elburrogrande- June 30, 2011 at 11:38 am
A black belt under gordo is at a whole different level than sotiropoulos!
Viva Hate- June 30, 2011 at 11:38 am
It doesn’t matter who has better BJJ between the two because Tito Ortiz would trump them both if it weren’t for that pesky cracked skull, bad back, water on the knee, butterflies in the stomach, wrenched ankle, spare ribs, broken heart, and a really bad brain freeze he suffered in ’03. Plus the man is holding him down; you know what I am sayin the bald man who is holding down CP too!
WK- June 30, 2011 at 11:35 am
Well certainly, RDA is a legit Jitsu BB from Brazil.
I'm not saying Stevenson and Pellegrino aren't legit but it's a higher calibre when you've been training Jitsu since eight or whatever from a teacher who learned from a Gracie or a Machado.

But hell yes G-Sots vs. RDA is practically 10th Planet vs. traditional Jitsu. Looking forward to it.
knucklesamitch- June 30, 2011 at 11:35 am
I'll just file this under "who gives a fuck"
ExpectJesusBro- June 30, 2011 at 11:27 am
Puff, puff, give. You're fuckin up the rotation!