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Few matches have captivated the jiu-jitsu world quite like the 2017 rematch between Roger Gracie and Marcus 'Buchecha' Almeida.
A clash of titans, duel of generations –the circumstances of this match saw two competitors with strong claims for being the GOAT squaring off for the second time – looking for a decisive conclusion after their first fight together ended as a draw.
Fans and athletes alike were split on who was the favorite entering this match: despite his stunning record, Roger hadn’t competed in the gi in over four years, and even that was a one-off. Meanwhile, Buchecha had run through the competition year, after year, after year on the world circuit, undefeated in the gi in over three seasons.
We met with Gracie in London ahead of and this historic bout, where the 10x World Champion had this to say about his opponent:
I’ve been looking to return for almost a last match against someone; he’s the best, he’s on top, it has to be him. There’s no other reason to be anyone else. - Roger Gracie
As fans will remember, the second attempt at a scrap delivered one of the most thrilling displays of jiu-Jitsu in recent memory. For those who haven't see it, we won't spoil the results here; for those who have, do yourself a favor and watch this masterpiece one more time.
WATCH: Roger Gracie vs Buchehca - Gracie Pro
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