Metamoris Pro

On Sunday, October 14th, a unique event took place in San Diego, California. It was the first Metamoris Pro event which consisted of 12 of the greatest Jiu-Jitsu fighters in the World competing in a no points, submission-only tournment. 

Showing its strength, Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association was represented by two fighters, Rafael Lovato Jr. (Oklahoma City) and Xande Ribeiro (Los Angeles). 

Rafael Lovato Jr. went up against Kayron Gracie who is the grandson of Carlos Gracie Sr. (co-founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with brother Helio) and the son of Carlos Gracie Jr. (current president of Gracie Barra and IBJJF).

Starting very early in the match, Rafael brought a high level of intensity and pressure which he kept on until the very end. Initially the match went back and forth with positions changing back and forth. Lovato kept the pressure on and passed Kayron's guard. After passing, he switched to the north-south position before securing a beautiful Kimura bringing the crowd to their feet. 

Xande Ribeiro went up against Dean Lister, a 2003 Absolute ADCC Champion and the man widely considered to have some of the best foot and leg lock submissions in the world. 

Early in the match Dean Lister spent a considerable amount of effort attempting to score the takedown on Xande, but Xande defended every single attempt. Finally, Dean Lister changed strategy and started pulling guard instead of trying to get the takedown. Xande then demonstrated the dominance of his top game scoring multiple guard passes and threatening submissions every step of the way, including one very tight, fully extended armbar which endangered Dean Lister's arm.  Unfortunately, time ran out before a submission could be scored, so according to the rules of the tournament, Xande's dominant performance was scored a draw.

This was a unique event and members of Tecumseh Jiu Jitsu got together to watch it and cheer on the competitors. 

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