Jiu-Jitsu's greatest champions will face off in July in Rio de Janeiro.
Photos courtesy of Metamoris
Five years after the first match, which ended in a draw after 20 minutes of fighting, Marcus Buchecha and Roger Gracie will face each other again in a gi fight. The rematch, one of the most anticipated by fans of the gentle art, is set to take place on the 23rd of July in Rio de Janeiro - the event; Pro Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The most decorated absolute champion of all time, Marcus Buchecha recalled the first meeting with Roger.
"It was a unique opportunity to face Roger Gracie in Metamoris because he had already announced his retirement from competition. So I thought this would be the last opportunity to face an idol. The fight was very good. It was a long battle, 20 minutes, but I fought well. I had good moments in the fight. It was a confrontation where only the submission would give me the victory (sub-only), so we did not care much for the score. So we had moments where I could risk more. I had a good chance for a footlock near the end and I had another opportunity in the arm ... I did everything right for that armbar, but he defended it very well. It is no wonder he is considered the greatest of all time", recalled Buchecha.
The first meeting between the two took place in 2012 at Metamoris. At the time, Roger was already owner of three world titles - the first to achieve the feat - and Buchecha had just won his first world title. Now Buchecha comes to the duel as the biggest name in today's Jiu-Jitsu scene.
"This rematch will be really cool. It's an interesting opportunity to fight against a guy of the caliber of Roger. This time the fight will be 10 minutes under the normal rules. It's not easy to train for a fight against Roger Gracie. There's no one with jiu-jitsu like his, and because of his body type, it is very difficult to find partners with the same game and the same height - it's very complicated. But I have great training partners and I will have an intense training camp for this super fight to get very well prepared", he concluded.
Before the super fight against Roger Gracie, Marcus Buchecha will fight later this month in California, where he will try to win his fifth world title. Buchecha is also confirmed for the Grand Prix of the heavyweight IBJJF Pro League, which takes place on the 26th of August in Las Vegas. The tournament will bring together eight major names in world jiu-jitsu seeking an award $40,000 USD.
And to end the season, the black belt from Checkmat will seek out his second title in ADCC at weight and absolute. The ADCC is the largest grappling event in the world, taking place in September in Finland.