Los Angeles, CA - August 27th, 2013 - Global Proving Ground (GPG) announces the next series of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) tournaments featuring one of the members of the famed Gracie Jiu Jitsu family Dynasty, Renzo Gracie.
Rafael dos Anjos is a BJJ black belt, but more recently has been known as a contender in the lightweight division of the UFC. His name had not always been thrown around like that, because after losing his first two fights in the Octagon some people doubted his ability. Now, he sits at a streak of 8-2 with his only losses being questionable. He was beating Clay Guida until a broken jaw forced him out of the fight, and then a split decision loss to Gleison Tibau was viewed by many as the wrong decision.
Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has decided to move down to 185. At the age of 35, the Brazilian born fighter has had mixed results in the last few years. Since 2010, he has gone 3-4 after starting his career at a perfect 16-0. Two of those loss came in title fights where he was knocked out by Mauricio Rua and choked unconscious by Jon Jones. He looked to be back on his way to another title shot after wins over Ryan Bader and Dan Henderson, but a split decision loss to Phil Davis left him back at the drawing board.
Vitor Belfort has called out and turned down every fighter from Chael Sonnen to Tim Kennedy. He has also stated that he prefers a fight at light-heavyweight while he waits for the outcome of the upcoming title shot rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. Now, he may have a chance to do that, because the UFC has offered him a headlining slot opposite Dan Henderson for a bout in November. The fight would take place in Brazil at a yet to be determined arena, and would serve as Ultimate Fight Night 31.
Early Registration closes at 11:59pm Friday, August 23
For our Jiu Jitsu by the Sea Fall Invitational, this will be the last time you will be able to really compete "by the sea" at our East Cliff location. This tournament has been held at the East Cliff location for 13 years, so don't miss this opportunity to compete one last time by the sea! We will be moving locations for this tournament for future dates and will keep you posted as soon as we know.
Demian Maia was supposed to return to Brazil earlier this year at UFC 163 against longtime UFC veteran Josh Koscheck, but now he will be facing off with an American black belt in Jake Shields. They will be fighting at UFC Fight Night 29 which is set for Ginasio Jose Correa arena which is in Barueri, Brazil. This will be an interesting fight as both fighters are fans of the ground game. Obviously, Maia is one of the best BJJ practitioners to transfer into MMA, and he holds 9 of his 18 wins by submission over big names like Chael Sonnen, Ed Herman, Rick Story, and Nate Quarry.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira captured the biggest win of his UFC career earlier this year when he beat former champion Rashad Evans by decision. He was then set to take on another former champion and past foe Mauricio Rua who beat Nogueira back in 2005 in PRIDE. The match was the fight of the year, and was an instant classic for that years tournament. Since that time, both fighters have had varied success with Shogun capturing the UFC title, but having traded wins and losses in his last few fights.
Recently, Vinny Magalhaes suffered a knockout at the hands of Anthony Perosh in less than twenty-seconds. While it was not on the live feed of the event, it was rumored that Magalhaes left his glove sin the cage after the match. This lead to speculation that the former BJJ champion was retiring from the sport of MMA. Now, he has broken his silence and this is what he said.