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Eddie Bravo Explains UFC Departure


("I recommended Gus Johnson as my replacement. I heard he trains twice a week.")

Eddie Bravo contacted Cage Potato last night to expound on the news reported by Gareth Davies Wednesday that he had resigned from his post as an analyst with the UFC.

Although he confirmed he has indeed left the organization, he says his departure was an amicable one and that the move was necessary to allow him to focus more on his growing number of schools and students and will not restrict him from cornering his fighters in the Octagon.

"Yes, I quit to focus on cornering George [Sotiropoulos] and [Dan] Hardy. It was an amazing seven years with Zuffa," Bravo explained via text message. "I owe Dana, Lorenzo and Frank to the death."


Bravo, who wore several different hats while working with the promotion, including unofficial scorer and post-fight interviewer, was most recently employed as the grappling replay director. He was also miked into the headsets of UFC color analyst Joe Rogan and play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg, explaining the inticracies of the ground action as it unfolded.

In an interview I did with him in April, he explained to me in his own words exactly what the gig entailed.

"If a fight ends in a triangle and you’re running the cameras and stuff and you don’t know anything about jiu-jitsu, you’re just going to show the dude in the triangle tapping," Bravo said. "They brought me in to rewind the scene, to show the transition, the set-up and what led to the submission. I love what I’m doing. [Scoring and doing interviews] was awesome, as well."

During that same interview, the founder of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu hinted that a change was likely in the cards.

Bravo told me then that he was getting burnt out from all of the travel that his role with the company required and that he was finding it harder and harder to find the time to look after his thriving franchise of 10th Planet  schools around the world (there are 22 affiliates in as many cities in six countries, spanning four continents).

"I’m getting to the point where I’m sending out my top instructors to help certify affiliates because I don’t have the time to do it. I’m trying to stop doing seminars, but that likely won’t happen. I’m trying to slow down, but with all of the work I have to do with affiliate stuff and my own students, I have to keep pushing. For the past five years, I have rarely been home on a weekend," he recalled. "Either it’s a UFC weekend, or it’s a seminar weekend. I’ve been on the road every weekend, man. EVERY weekend, except for maybe one or two here or there. Whenever I do have that odd weekend at home, Im like, ‘Oh my god, I’m in L.A. on the weekend!’ It feels so glorious."

Bravo will be in the corner of  Sotiropoulos at UFC 116 Saturday night in Las Vegas as the Australian lightweight jiu-jitsu ace squares off against Kurt Pellegrino.

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fatbellyfrank- July 3, 2010 at 5:07 am
And yeah, I've never met Eddie, but he'd be more than welcome at my pub, and he did have a fucken cool job, and now he's gonna be there when George wins on Sunday arvo

Go George you fucken rock!
fatbellyfrank- July 3, 2010 at 4:59 am
AussieJosh, is that the roo that brings the mail or just the house roo? I'm just takin my swag down to billabong to get ready for the events
AussieJosh- July 3, 2010 at 4:48 am
i just like to let you all know im aussie! I have met eddie, im going for stropy tomorrow, and Carwin! Thats all i have to say, now im going to go jump on my Kangaroo and go surfing.
fatbellyfrank- July 3, 2010 at 1:53 am
Hi DangadaDang, I suspect your an Aussie, or someone who knows a few Aussies, you don't type a word like pommie accidentally unless its a cut and paste job and you left one in. I actually live in the Far North of Queensland, about 20 km's south of a place called Cairns, and it's true, we often get foreigners using the wrong toilet's, but as long as they have a Bundaberg rum with us, we'll give em their pants back and let em back in the pub.
Komodo- July 3, 2010 at 1:03 am
Weed.
Seoul Brother- July 2, 2010 at 5:20 pm
Hi, everybody!

Hi, Dr. Nick!
2DaDeath- July 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm
If I owned the 3 wise men, i'd replace Mike Goldberg with Bas Rutten and wouldn't make Jake Shields fight Anderson until he proves himself against Marquardt or Maia.

Also the octagon would be replaced with the trapezoid.
DangadaDang- July 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm
Well, I just spent double that on ping pong lessons and Asian prositutes so it is gunna be a minute.

And for Christ's sake, I only typed pommie once Seinfeld.
MediumRare- July 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm
@ Dangada Dangada Dang

Actually you can have a sheild of invincibility. I have a few for sale at Ebay. If you Paypal $500 to TurdTaco@StanobolFistFuck.com I promise I'll overnight you the best one I have.

Btw, FBF is FatBellyFrank - another Aussie member of the Potato Nation. He will also be displeased.
DangadaDang- July 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm
invincibility
DangadaDang- July 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm
@MediumRare

Touche, we can't all have a shield of invinsibility like you I'm afraid

@ghost
Who is FBF?
Dick_Misanthropenis- July 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm
Eh?
ghostboner- July 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm
Nevermind. Just saw Med.Rare's post. Fuck you and your inaccurate jokes! Do not want!
ghostboner- July 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm
@Deuce de Deceasement - Actually, he said he owes Dana, Frank and Lorenzo to YOU. So since you will be getting those three, what are you gonna do with all that junk, all that junk inside your trunk...

@Dangdittydang - that was hilarious. I want to hear what FBF has to say about that.
MediumRare- July 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm
@ DangadaDang

What the fuck?

First off it isn't "DangadaDang". It's clearly "Dangada Dangada Dang." I'm appalled that you got that wrong.

Second of all a "pommie" is a British immigrant in Australia. How the fuck did a Brazilian become a Brit in the middle of the joke.

I expect better, man. Tighten it up please.
J-Dog- July 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Duuuuude..... things are just flying by sooooooo fast.. I need to take a break dude.
2DaDeath- July 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm
Thanks for noticing, justfappin.
Morningwood- July 2, 2010 at 11:54 am
12th bitches!
DangadaDang- July 2, 2010 at 11:15 am
In the north of Australia is a place called Queensland which is very hot, humid and the pubs are rough.

Anyway, this Brazilian bloke is traveling through Queensland in the middle of summer by bicycle and is caught in a huge tropical storm. He sees a sign which says there is a pub 18 miles up the road. So he rides his bike to the pub and when he finally gets there his appearance resembles that of a drowned rat.

Anyway, the locals hardly even look up from their beers as he walks in, dripping wet, and heads up to the bar and orders a scotch on ice. The barman gives him the worst scotch he has ever tasted but the pommie drinks it down and asks the barman where the toilet is. The barman tells him it is outside.

So the Brazilian trudges outside into the rain and all he can see in the rain is two big piles of shit, one much bigger than the other. So he walks over to the smaller pile, relieved that someone had the sense to start a new pile since the larger one was clearly unmanageable.

He has his pants around his ankles and is in the process of relieving himself when a gunshot rings out and a bullet smacks into the heap just beside his head.

Well the poor bastard turns around, in a somewhat vulnerable position, and sees this huge Aussie guy and a pothead standing at the door of the pub with his still smoking gun in his hand.

"What..What is going on?" Stammers the poor Brazilian.

The huge Aussie responds "Get the hell out of the Laidies room you dirty bastard."
justscrappin- July 2, 2010 at 11:10 am
Nice 2da....I see what you did there....sweetheart...lol.
justscrappin- July 2, 2010 at 11:06 am
You guys can say whatever you want...but the man is the most motivated pothead ever. He does seminars...makes music. He has tapped out a legendary Gracie....innovated moves in no-gi grappling. He is also hilarious...and will make fun of himself before you even get a chance to. Down to earth guy for sure.
PortlandMMA- July 2, 2010 at 11:02 am
An Australian, a pothead and a Brazilian walk into a bar
2DaDeath- July 2, 2010 at 10:44 am
So Eddie Bravo owes me to Dana, Lorenzo, and Frank? Don't I have a say in the matter?
El Guapo- July 2, 2010 at 10:42 am
^^(Richard Nixon voice)"I am not a doosh."
El Guapo- July 2, 2010 at 10:40 am
FIRST(to make a weed reference)"Huhuhuhhhhuu...Huhuhhhuhhhhh..."

Can't help but do the Beavis/stoner laugh whenever I see a picture of Eddie Bravo
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