Secret Sauce: Vagner Rocha's Style & Philosophy

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"I know how efficient [my style] is for self-defense, fighting, and jiu-jitsu. If it works for me on all three ends, then I'm doing my job."

No one can deny the effectiveness of Vagner Rocha's jiu-jitsu game. It has been thoroughly battle-tested, proven to work in both MMA and high-level jiu-jitsu competition. His technique has been forged inside the UFC octagon and has been challenged on the prestigious ADCC stage. Today, we take a deep dive into what makes his style highly effective for both street and sport jiu-jitsu.

Vagner Receives Criticism For Unorthodox Style
Vagner often gets criticism for his punitive methods and controversial submissions. Is Vagner being "that guy" on the mat or should the jiu-jitsu community be taking a lesson from the seasoned veteran? FloGrappling's senior editor, Hywel Teaque, explains: 

Dirty Moves? What's The Big Deal?

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Vagner's Perspective On Sport Jiu-Jitsu

Some practitioners have recently complained saying that jiu-jitsu is getting soft and "watered down." These days, we are seeing competitors heavily rely on lapel guards, berimbolos and flying attacks to win competitions. Vagner Rocha steps in to remind us that our jiu-jitsu should be effective both on and off the mat.

"If you can't shake me [during a fight] then how efficient is your jiu-jitsu? If your jiu-jitsu is sport jiu-jitsu that can't shake [me], then your jiu-jitsu is not efficient. It's useless. Truly, it's useless."

"I see a lot of guys pull guard and try to leg lock me. When they realize they can't get my legs because I'm crushing them...they panic. Then they make the mistake, they give up the back, they give up the mount, they give up something. You need to know how to get into dominant positions and capitalize on someone's mistakes...that's the jiu-jitsu that works."

Inside Vagner's Jiu-Jitsu Game

So what does Vagner's style look like? Strap in and get ready for this incredible episode of Fix My Game featuring Vagner Rocha.


What's It Like To Compete Against Vagner? JT Torres Explains 

Rocha was disappointed after barely missing the mark at ADCC 2019. After taking bronze in 2017, Vagner was determined to take the podium in 2019. After edging out Dante Leon in the semifinals, Vagner was stopped short by JT Torres. We brought in JT to tell us what it was like to roll against Vagner in the finals and break down how he deals with his punishing style of jiu-jitsu.

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Our Dream Matchups For Vagner Rocha 

Vagner Rocha is at the threshold of finally becoming an ADCC champion and only a few competitors stand in his way. Moving forward, our dream matches for Rocha are JT Torres, Garry Tonon, and Renato Canuto. Each of these athletes holds a win over Rocha and all four of them have incredibly dynamic styles. A rematch with any one of them would be a treat for grappling fans everywhere. 

The Rising Stars Who Will Compete In The WNO: Jones vs Ronaldo Free Prelims

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Before Craig Jones vs Ronaldo Junior or Gordon Ryan vs Roberto Jimenez, four prospects will fight on the undercard of Who’s Number One on Friday, February 26. Those matches will be streamed live for free on the FloGrappling Facebook and YouTube channels, and will feature four hungry and exciting competitors.

The Grappler Without Fear: Roberto Jimenez Will Face Anyone

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Roberto Jimenez lives by a code. Based on his words, and expressed through his jiu-jitsu, one of the tenets of that code is to let his jiu-jitsu flow.

Based on his actions, another tenet is never to refuse a challenge.

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5 Must-Watch Matches From Roberto Jimenez

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Perhaps above all things, Roberto Jimenez is known for engaging in dynamic and compelling matches; his only goals: self-expression and the submission.  

Lis Clay Set For First Black Belt Gi Match vs Maria Malyjasiak At F2W 165

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Fight To Win will close out its three-week stint in Dallas with an all-female card. Fight to Win 165 on Saturday, February 27 will be the second ever card featuring women, only; continuing the promotion’s pattern. Fight to Win has scheduled its third all-female event for the third weekend in March in Austin, TX. 

Grappling Bulletin: Lauded by Joe Rogan, Vagner Is On An Unstoppable Run

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Vagner Rocha has been on a tear and though he brings out the haters every time he competes he has fans in high places, including none other than Joe Rogan.

Betting Lines Released For Who's Number One: Craig Jones Vs Ronaldo Junior

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The online betting site BetDSI has released money lines for Who’s Number One: Craig Jones vs Ronaldo Junior.

Revisiting Junny's Unlikely Black Belt Debut vs Geo Martinez

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Edwin "Junny" Ocasio and Geo Martinez had completely different paths to their first encounter at the KASAI Pro 6 Bantamweight tournament in August 2019.

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Vagner Rocha Takes On Two-Time ADCC Champ Yuri Simoes at Fight to Win 164

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Fight to Win will see two no-gi grappling titans face off on Friday, February 19, 2021 as Vagner Rocha moves up in weight to take on two-time ADCC champion Yuri Simoes in the main event of Fight to Win 164. 

WNO: Craig Jones vs Ronaldo Junior Official Event Preview

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Who's Number One (WNO) is back with another stacked card on February 26th, with WNO: Craig Jones vs Ronaldo Junior. The action will kick off at 8:00 ET, with two free prelim matches streamed on the FloSports app, Facebook and Youtube. WNO always brings together the best no-gi talent in the world, and this event is no exception.

Grappling Bulletin: UFC 258 Was Not A Good Night For Jiu-Jitsu

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Grappling fans would have found UFC 258 hard to watch as two of jiu-jitsu's top representatives in the Octagon fell to their opponents. We look at what went wrong.