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Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie Rematch Set for September 25 at ADCC

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A long-awaited rematch of the 2003 Abu Dhabi Combat Club tournament bout between Eddie Bravo, 40, and Royler Gracie, 45, has been confirmed for September 25. The match will be contested at a 165-pound catchweight under ADCC tournament rules.

The first time the pair met in São Paulo, Brazil, Bravo, who was then a brown belt under Jean-Jacques Machado at the time, shocked everyone, (including Gracie) by locking in a triangle and eliciting a tapout from the decorated black belt. The win earned Bravo, who has not competed since the tournament, the respect of the BJJ community as well as his black belt from Machado. He would go on to start his own style of no-gi jiu-jitsu known as the 10th Planet system, which is centered around the Rubber Guard.

News of the match-up, which was first reported by ADCC on its Facebook page, was confirmed  by Bravo via Twitter and his Nibiru forums.

“Yes it’s true, it’s on like don Juan.I am so stoked that you guys are as pumped as I am.Thank you all very much 4 all the love and support!” he tweeted yesterday.

Royler spoke of the rematch with GracieMag International today, calling the 2003 loss to Bravo a fluke.

“Even though he beat me, every now and again I catch word that Eddie Bravo wants to go again. Perhaps Bravo wants a sequel to prove it was no fluke,” he said. “So I’ll let him have a rematch. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place, nor kills the same horse.”

The event will also feature another superfight between Renzo Gracie and Ze Mario Sperry.

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DARKHORSE06- May 14, 2011 at 6:39 am
Did you see the look of suprise on EBs face when he won? Fuck I hope that little crack head breaks his neck in the rematch. I'll bet that douchebag wears a toe ring.
Redping- May 14, 2011 at 1:34 am
Gracie wins by spending more time training in the last few years, not just smoking weed with joe rogan
dthrckt- May 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm
royler uses lightning and a slain horse as metaphors for his opponent and their last meeting - he has already lost
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mikerip- May 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm
The level of nut-hugging on those Nibiru forums is cringe worthy.
Bighouse- May 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Wow the last ten seconds of that was pretty entertainig!!
Joedirt- May 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm
ccman one thing I agree with is that martial arts evolve by keeping what works.. however the gracies invented nothing. They don't have a single technique that is exclusive to them. Maeda was a judo student and all of their techniques are judo.... which in turn was derived from original jujitsu but Dr Kano actually did make changes. Funny because a lot of people get angry with me for saying that... until they research it. I'm not knocking BJJ, I'm just saying it's judo.
ccman- May 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm
@ joe. Actually the Gracies did make a new System as did Bravo, and Roach does advertise the freddie roach system of boxing, which is disputed by the likes of the Mayweathers. Just saying.

Hell by what you say, Bruce Lee was gay for recreating a fighting system and eliminating the old. which if you think on it, is the entire basis of MMA, retire the worthless nad keep the effective.
Joedirt- May 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm
I think it's gay when people start their "own" martial art or system. Every technique is old... you may apply it or have some personal characteristics but to say it's a NEW system is crap. Props to the fighters though... no disrespect to their skills. Freddie Roach doesn't advertise "the FREDDIE ROACH boxing style/system"
IsnappedYourarm- May 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm
About as exciting as a Ken Shamrock/Royce Gracie rematch. I'm shocked that the little crackhead weighs anywhere near 165.
omunto- May 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm
@ grapplerx

I don't think Royler's jiu jitsu was top level when he was under 5 years old, seeing as how there is only a 5 year difference between the two.

But I see where you were going :-P
KidDinomite- May 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm
Would it be awesome or would it suck if Bravo landed The Twister on Gracie this time?
jfjjfjff- May 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm
i liked the part when it was half guard.
grapplerex- May 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm
seems to me that eddie has nothing to lose by the match up, if he wins, which i believe he will pretty easily, his system of no gi gets a big boost, if he loses, he loses to a guy who has been doing jiu jitsu at the top level longer than eddie's been alive. i believe he'll win by the way because his system of jiu jitsu has many moves and transitions that i doubt royler has ever seen before
agentsmith- May 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm
Actually, lighting often does strike the same place twice. As for not killing the same horse twice, well... obviously.
melo_104- May 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm
I don't understand how people can say its a fluke. It was actually a very basic triangle set up that eddie obviously intended to do. Should be a good match. People should just give eddie his props for beating someone as legendary as royler. Everyone loses, its just the name of the game.
Fried Taco- May 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm
Bravo was already exposed in the same ADCC tournament. After he beat Royler, he was owned by Leozinho in the semi-finals.
J-Dog- May 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm
I guess they don't do drug testing for this tournament
hooligun- May 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm
on and juan ? fuck me...
monkyspunk- May 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm
that first match was pretty amazing...just sayin'
LOKI- May 13, 2011 at 11:53 am
Eddie will win again. The oldschool Gracies are too set in their ways and havent evolved with the game.
Incidently this is as pointless as Gracie vs Hughes.
Why not make it interesting and have it be an MMA fight? Ya know, the reason the rubber guard was alledgedly created
abenormal- May 13, 2011 at 11:53 am
Lightning never does kill the same horse twice!
Uppercut Magnet- May 13, 2011 at 11:50 am
You guys are slow as hell.

All the guys in my bjj gym were ejaculating all over the walls last night over this news.

"NOOOO! We gonna see Bravo at his best and Royler at his best!!"
"YAH! We will know if No gi or gi is best!"

Fuck, I go to a really gay bjj gym.
RwilsonR- May 13, 2011 at 11:49 am
Oh... guess I should have read more closely.
fxdfp- May 13, 2011 at 11:49 am
After winning their 1st match Eddie Bravo retired from competition - so if Eddie loses their 2nd match, will he retire from teaching Jiu Jitsu?