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Ed O’Neill to Provide Color Commentary at Metamoris II Jiu Jitsu Invitational


(Good work, Ed. Position before submission.)

Al Bundy may have exaggerated his exploits at Polk High, but the actor who portrayed him on Married With Children, Ed O’Neill, actually has real athletic chops to speak of. O’Neill played linebacker in college at Ohio State and Youngstown State University, and was briefly signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers where, according to O’Neill, “I stayed for about a minute.”

While acting in Hollywood, O’Neill discovered the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He began training under Rorian Gracie and never stopped, earning a black belt in 2007.

“I began studying Gracie Jiu Jitsu over 20 years ago,” said O’Neill in a Metamoris press release distributed Tuesday. “I was actually very hesitant to start, but a 10-minute session with Rorion Gracie was enough to get me hooked. For me, studying Jiu Jitsu has been an amazing experience. In a way it’s given me a second family.”

O’Neill will provide color commentary for the highly-anticipated submission-only pro invitational Metamoris II, which takes place in Los Angeles on June 9th and will be broadcast live on their website, metamoris.com. O’Neill will join his long-time teacher’s son, Rener Gracie, in providing the commentary for the Metamoris II stream.

From what we’ve seen, O’Neill is capable of providing insightful analysis and we all know he can kick ass. We’re not usually big on celebrity gimmick appearances but O’Neill doing fight commentary makes perfect sense to us. Feel free to react to this news accordingly.

The full Metamoris II lineup is after the jump…

Official Metamoris II Card:
Shinya Aoki vs. Kron Gracie
Braulio Estima vs. Rodolfo Vieira
Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu vs. Brendan Schaub
Mackenzie Dern vs. Michelle Nicolini
Andre Galvao vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.
Bill “The Grill” Cooper vs. Victor Estima*

*Cooper was originally scheduled to face Ryan Hall but Hall has pulled out of the match because of injury.

Doors open at 3 pm PST
Royce Gracie autograph signing from 3-4 pm PST
Broadcast begins at 4 pm PST

- Elias Cepeda

Comments

  1. The12ozCurls Says:

    Thu, 05/30/13 - 10:40


    I swear to GOD, my family had that same ugly-ass sofa when I was a kid. We were poor :(
  2. angry little feet Says:

    Thu, 05/30/13 - 10:46


    I like this idea very much. And it's on a Sunday afternoon. Cool I will watch.
  3. BaghdadBob Says:

    Thu, 05/30/13 - 10:54


    Funny how Kron keeps volunteering to get his ass handed to him.
  4. SquirrelBoy Says:

    Thu, 05/30/13 - 01:05


    Hey won at the first Metamoris event via armbar
  5. Fried Taco Says:

    Thu, 05/30/13 - 01:07


    Metamoris III - Al Bundy vs Jay Pritchett
  6. crappiefloper Says:

    Thu, 05/30/13 - 03:50


    Soooo pumped up for this. O'neill will be great,the fights will be great, just gonna be GREAT!
  7. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Thu, 05/30/13 - 07:58


    No matter how much jiu jitsu Al had he could never keep Peg from submitting him upstairs in the bedroom.
  8. mark mania Says:

    Wed, 12/04/13 - 12:12


    Ed O... Whispering Misty...
  9. poplar table Says:

    Fri, 07/11/14 - 02:22


    The Absent Game... Involving me and my husband we have owned far more MP3 gamers through the years than I can count, such as Sansas, iRivers, iPods (typical & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I've settled down to one line of players....

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