It’s been a while since the finals of this year’s ADCC tournament went down, but it wasn’t until recently that a couple of videos surfaced, and we decided to let you in on ‘em. Just because it’s Wednesday. The first comes from the end of TUF 8 finalist Vinny Magalhaes‘ Over 99kg gold earning effort over Strikeforce/UFC veteran Fabricio Werdum. After controlling the action for the majority of the fight, Magalhaes quickly found himself on the wrong end of a Werdum armbar.
And holy hell does Werdum crank that sucker. For about three minutes straight, “Vai Cavalo” bends Magalhaes’ arm from damn near every position, only taking breaks to re-position himself and inflict further torment. All the props in the world goes to Vinny, who manages to not only withstand the brutal hold for as long as he did, but free himself from it in as calm and collected a manner as possible. Speaking of calm and collected, let’s take a look at a man who has never, ever, been described as such.
Here we have the controversial Under 88kg quarterfinal match between Rousimar Palhares and David Avellan. After the two roll out of bounds, notice the ref clearly taps them both (2:07) to signify the restart. Then, watch as Palhares continues to crank the heel hook until the ref taps him again, an ongoing problem of his. After they both stand up, Palhares thinks he has been declared the winner, another ongoing problem of his, and proceeds to embrace his foe with the subtlety of Ceasar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. After the confusion is cleared and the fight is restarted, Palhares goes into full beast mode, and applies a gruesome kneebar (3:31), likely ending Avellan’s ability to walk on his own power ever again. Sorry, bro.
Based on Palhares’ long known hatred of appendages, I think the only person we could safely match him up with at this point is pretty obvious.