Famous Former MMA Fighters Compete Jiu-Jitsu In The Gi

Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Caol Uno, two old-school MMA fighters with over 20 years of fighting experience, stepped onto the mat for some pure grappling this past weekend. 

Uno and Sobral, both 42 years of age, finished on the podium in IBJJF events in Tokyo and Rome, respectively. 

Sobral began fighting professionally in 1997 and competed in MMA promotions such as the UFC, Bellator, ONE FC, and Strikeforce, the latter in which he was the light-heavyweight champion.

Babalu competed in both the IBJJF European No-Gi and Rome Open tournaments, taking silver in the gi and a bronze in no-gi after competing in the Masters 3 ultra-heavyweight division. He last fought MMA in 2013. 

Uno, who competed in the IBJJF Asian Masters event, began his MMA career in 1996 and is a veteran of 55 fights. He fought most recently in April 2017. His career saw him contest for the UFC lightweight title twice: in 2001 against Jens Pulver and in 2003 vs. BJ Penn. A former Shooto champion, Uno fought in events such as HERO’s, Dream, and Vale Judo Japan. 

A purple belt in jiu-jitsu, Uno won gold in the Masters 3 lightweight division in Tokyo.

BJJ Stars Results

BJJ Stars held their second event on Saturday October 19th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. There were five superfights along with an eight man heavyweight grand prix for 100,000 reais (about 100k usd). The night saw a rematch of the featherweight final at this years IBJJF Worlds, where Ana Schmitt defeated Bianca Basilio to become world champion. The heavyweight grand prix contained stars such as Nicholas Meregali, Leandro Lo, Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa, Gustavo Batista, Rudson Mateus, Jackson Sousa, Victor Hugo and Dimitrius Sousa.

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Score one for the lightweights. After suffering a first-round defeat to Lucas Lepri in the 77kg division, Lachlan Giles shocked the grappling world, proving the smaller guys can hang in the open weight.

UPDATE: Dillon Danis Convinces Viral Bully Victim to Start Jiu-Jitsu

Recently, we published an article about Dillon Danis watching a viral video of a Baltimore teenager getting beaten up by several students in his school's bathroom. Danis was bullied himself as a child and felt the need to reach out to help. Dillon said if the victim was interested in training, he would happily pay for his jiu-jitsu membership. The bullying victim accepted Dillon's offer, and today this photo was posted of the kid's first day on the mat. Danis had this to say about the victim joining;

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Three weeks ago, Atos black belt Kaynan Duarte solidified his name in the history books by winning the +99kg division at the ADCC World Championship, undoubtedly the most prestigious grappling event in the world. 

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