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Good morning jiu-jitsu fanatics, it's Monday morning – and you may be shocked to learn that the biggest news this morning ISN'T related to any ADCC bracket changes. (Though, the day is young– let's see what happens).
Without further ado, get that delicious bean water in your mug and read on to find out the biggest stories in the jiu-jitsu world.
Rodolfo & Burns Shine at UFC Uruguay
Some of the biggest news in jiu-jitsu this weekend didn't take place on the mats, but in the cage!
The long-awaited UFC debut of jiu-jitsu legend Rodolfo Vieira went down at UFC Fight Night 159, and it couldn't have gone more to plan.
The 29-year-old Brazilian faced polish fighter Oskar Piechota (11-1-1) in a main card out. Vieira made his intentions known early with two quick takedowns in the first round, and we saw more of the same in the second– except this tome the Polish challenger was unable to stave off Rodolfo's relentless attacks.
Vieira made effective use of brutal ground and pound from the mount in order to open up the submission opportunity and sealed the deal with a head an arm choke with 34 seconds remaining in the round.
The stunning performance extends Rodolfo's perfect record to 6-0 in the cage.
Rodolfo wasn't the only storied jiu-jitsu on the card at UFC Uruguay on Saturday – Gilbert Burns also turned in a stellar showing when he defeated the 20-0 Russian fighter Alexey Kunchenko via unanimous decision.
The former IBJJF World Champion and regular jiu-jitsu superfight competitor leaned heavily on his grappling throughout the bout, racking up takedowns, vicious ground and pound, as well as demonstrating a continued evolution in the striking department. The showing is even more impressive considering that Burns took on the fight on just two weeks notice!
Nathiely de Jesus Defeats Gabi Garcia At F2W 121 To Claim The Heavyweight Strap
Whether it’s MMA or jiu-jitsu, Gabi Garcia certainly knows how to bring attention to a fight; the hype surrounding the black belt heavyweight title fight between the Alliance star and Nathiely de Jesus had captured the jiu-jitsu worlds attention, and fans wanted to know if the F2W format would be a difference-maker the second time these athletes got a crack at one another.
The two competitors had met once before at the pan Championships with Gabi earning the win, but this time it was the RPBJJ athlete Nathiely that took the decision win after a 10-minute battle that saw both competitors aggressively hunting submission attacks in a frenzied, relentless pace.
Other notable results include a solid decision victory for Jon Satava over surging athlete Kody Steele, dual wins for William and Andrew Tackett; Nisar Loynab defeated Yago De Souza by decision; Manuel Ribamar also won his bout by unanimous decision.
Stava's excellent butterfly and SLX guard were on display throughout his Co-Main event match with Kody Steele.
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