Today, Jose Aldo, a native of Manaus, Brazil, is widely known as the awe-inspiring, multiple-time former UFC featherweight champion, who shreds his opponents with his lightning quick hooks and thudding leg kicks. But before he hit MMA superstardom, Aldo was a rising young star in BJJ, progressing rapidly through the belt ranks and taking home national and world championships.
No stranger to controversy, Mario Sperry has always followed his heart and spoken his mind throughout his esteemed BJJ and MMA careers, both as a competitor and coach. After all, it was the “Zen Machine” along with fellow Carlson Gracie black belts Ricardo Liborio, Murilo Bustamante and “Bebeo” Duarte who left the famous “Arrebentacao” team to start the famed Brazilian Top Team (BTT) which enjoyed great success on the biggest stages in MMA between 2000 and 2007.
TV’s most beloved dad, Ed O'Neil, famous for his roles as Al Bundy on Married with Children and Jay Pritchett on Modern Family, recounts his history in BJJ, his relationship with the Gracie family, and his tips for anyone starting to train jiu-jitsu in their 40's and beyond.
The black belt stayed out of tournaments for about eight months, and nowadays he fights with the biggest athletes in the rooster-weight division.
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.