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Shinya Aoki vs. Kron Gracie to Headline Metamoris Pro Jiu Jitsu Invitational II on June 9th; Braulio Estima, Brendan Schaub Also Featured


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu — it’s so hot right now. And for fans of the so-called “Gentle Art,” Metamoris’s next tournament on June 9th will be required viewing. The promotion announced its second Pro Jiu Jitsu Invitational today, which will be headlined by highly decorated BJJ champion Kron Gracie against MMA submission expert (and new OneFC lightweight champ) Shinya Aoki. The event is slated to place at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, and will be available for viewing online through a live HD pay-per-view stream on

Since launching last October, Metamoris has set itself apart with marquee names from the worlds of BJJ and MMA, and a competition system that focuses only on submissions. “Jiu Jitsu tournaments have devolved, especially at the elite level, to a game based on who can score points with a sweep or dominant position in the last few seconds of a match to win,” said Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie in a press release distributed today. “I founded Metamoris to create a tournament where submissions are the only goal, not points. With the introduction of judges, we will avoid draws. Someone in a fight is always sharper. And now, the fighter who controls the bout with technique, the fighter who shows more varied and frequent submission acquisition, will get his hand raised.”

Five more bouts have already been booked for the 6/9 lineup. They are…

- Three-time world champion and 2009 ADCC world champion Braulio Estima vs. five-time World Cup champion Rodolfo Vieria.

- UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub vs. three-time No-Gi World Champion Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu.

- Six-time world champion Michelle Nicolini vs. 20-year-old phenom MacKenzie Dern.

- 2012 World Cup gold medalist Andre Galvao vs. Rafael Lovato Jr., the second American in history to win the Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship as a black belt.

- Pam-Am gold-medalist and 27-time Grappler’s Quest champ Bill “The Grill” Cooper vs. restaurant vigilante Ryan Hall.

Tickets for Metamoris Pro Jiu Jitsu Invitational II go on sale April 22nd at Ticketmaster. In the meantime, check out this gnarly highlight reel from Metamoris 1.


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SquirrelBoy- April 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm
I went to the first Metamoris event last year and it was friggin awesome. And if you're a BJJ nerd there were a ton of legends there just hanging out and talking to fans...Rickson, Renzo, Eddie Bravo, several Machados, etc. etc. some UFC fighters were there too like Mark Munoz. It was a sweet event
crappiefloper- April 17, 2013 at 10:50 am
Awesome! Except for Schaub. I think we all went,"huh?!?" when we read that.
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Vera- April 17, 2013 at 7:01 am
@eradz Keenan Cornelius isn't on the card so dont worry about guard pulling. Brendan Schaub?wtf?
Sabado Gigante- April 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm
Bill "The Grill" Cooper has got some gangster grappling! Looking forward to his match...
Lex Talionis- April 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm
@ Alan, my thoughts exactly. First thing I thought when I read that was wtf is brendan schaub doing there.
Alan K- April 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm
That's cool that Brendan is participating. So how fast is he expected to get tapped out?
eradz- April 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm
not sure if I want to pay 20 bucks to watch ppl pull guard all day :/
Fried Taco- April 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm
I hear Cecil Peoples will be one of the judges, should be awesome!