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[VIDEO] Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champ Braulio Estima Wins MMA Debut

You may have heard that former UFC weigh-in specialist Anthony “Rumble” Johnson was set to make his debut at “RumbleWeight” last night at Titan Fighting Championship (TFC) 24 in Kansas City, Kansas. Well, he did. The former welterweight Johnson made the 205lb light heavyweight limit and then battered Esteves Jones until he secured a 2nd round stoppage in the TFC main event.

But we were more interested in seeing how submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion Braulio Estima would do in his MMA debut, anyway – especially after Renzo Gracie told this writer yesterday when he visited him to tape an episode of the soon-coming podcast, The Conversation, that Estima had dropped over twenty pounds to make welterweight and then put it all back on for the fight. Renzo said that it was the first time Estima had ever made such a weight cut.

Besides, we hadn’t heard much from Estima since his amazing grappling match non event with Nick Diaz .

Estima is the reigning top dog in submission grappling and could conceivably stay that way for a long time. Instead, he decided to test the waters in mixed martial arts.

His first test was Chris Holland, a fighter who went into the contest with eight pro fights to Estima’s none. In the end, Estima’s lifetime of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu prevailed as he put Holland to sleep with an arm triangle choke.

As you will see from the fight video above, Estima clearly is only comfortable with wrestling and submissions at this point in his MMA career. But he prepares with Renzo at his academy as well as with the Blackzilians, in Florida. So with the right attitude and enough years of experience, we might even see him start winning MMA fights with counter right hook KO’s.

- Elias Cepeda 

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Mofo- August 28, 2012 at 8:52 am
Uh I'm an idiot, I meant to type:

@BGoldstein - why DOES the site log me out every day?
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Mofo- August 27, 2012 at 11:19 am
Get rid of the javascript popup that appears for every comment! SO ANNOYING TO HAVE TO CLICK THAT
Mofo- August 27, 2012 at 11:19 am
"This writer"? What is this the New York Times? (So rex beat me to it, still gonna get my rapier quip in)

@Raton and @Hey - Totally what I was thinking, +1

@BGoldstein - why doesn't the site log me out every day? The old site kept me logged in until I logged out. Now, the login cookie only lasts one day. How the hell does that improve anything? Why is this site going backwards instead of forwards?
ReX13- August 26, 2012 at 11:20 am
"this writer"? c'mon Eli, we're way more informal than that around here. do you hold up your pinkie while you sip your tea, too?
HEY- August 26, 2012 at 10:37 am
@raton: EXACTLY. That promoter was talking so much crap about Braulio not going into MMA and how he didn't know why Diaz wouldn't show up for the match blah blah blah. As it turns out, it was complete bullshit. Diaz and his camp were right all along.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm

You're in Ed Steamer ville! Good Night Irene!
rampage01- August 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm
AJ Johnson was such a sissy, he was a natural LHW fighting at WW to face smaller guys. He was probably killing himself all that time to make 170.
raton- August 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm
And now I understand why Diaz pulled out of the grappling match with Braulio. This tool was trying to make a name on submitting Diaz and then blast on the MMA scene.
Hill-Billy- August 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm
Locks out moisture seals in freshness bichez!
RwilsonR- August 25, 2012 at 9:52 am
I'm just kidding, Elias. Thanks for covering Estima.
Elias- August 25, 2012 at 10:09 am
no problem. I'd forgotten he was fighting last night till Renzo mentioned it. Oh yeah, in case my shameless plug wasn't obvious enough, I interviewed Renzo for my new podcast, bestconversation . tumblr . com lol
RwilsonR- August 25, 2012 at 9:52 am
What, no talk about how the super-athlete from the top of their individual sport has finally arrived in MMA? Or was that hyperbole reserved just to make the chicks feel better about themselves?
Elias- August 25, 2012 at 10:08 am
just truth, homie. can you handle it? :)
tysonmcneely- August 25, 2012 at 9:51 am
we might even see him start winning MMA fights with counter left hook KO’s.

Elias, please tell me you know the difference between right and left...
SethF- August 25, 2012 at 10:51 am
Neither do I, before anyone asks...
Elias- August 25, 2012 at 10:01 am
I do not.