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    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Pan's!

    Fri, 2014-04-04 14:25 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!

    I know I'm a little late but here is the vid of one of my fights from this year's Pan's! I had a strange but overall good experience at Pan's this year. Once again I lost over 20 pounds in a month to fight at lightweight and I think I made the weight cut better this time than I ever have in the past. My fight in my division was against Thiago Abreu from Checkmat and it ended up being a disappointment because although I felt like I was controlling the fight the whole time at about 6:00 in I was DQ'ed for "sralling", which was a more than questionable call by the ref that led to many complaints and much outrage and not just from me. In reality what made me the most bummed was that I was so well trained and ready to go and didn't even get to fight one whole fight. But then I was reminded by my training partner Rafael Eboli that black belt adults don't have to medal to sign up for the open and I went down and put my name in right away, a move that saved the whole experience for me. I won my first fight in the open (video above) against tough as nails Caio Almeida, and then went on to fight Lucas Lepri in my second match. This is what really made the experience for me. I go to big events like the Pan to get the chance to fight the best of the best in my division as much as anything else so I was really excited to fight against the multiple time lightweight world champion. I felt good in the match and was actually winning by an advantage up until he swept me around 6 or 7 minutes into the fight. Then upon making a mistake in my guard he was able to get to my back and after resisting for about a minute in his choke I eventually was forced to tap. Was an awesome experience and I came out of it with more confidence than ever and have already felt my game improve since then, now I'm ready for the American Cup this coming weekend!!
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    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of my Match with Michael Langhi at World's 2013!

    Wed, 2013-06-05 20:26 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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     Hey guys!
    I had an awesome experience at this year's World Championship. My first match was against Michael Langhi of Alliance, multiple time world champ and number 2 in the world at lightweight, and even though I lost I came away feeling really good about it because it was a really close match coming down to only a single advantage point! Check out the video of the match above and here's the link to an article on graciemag where they name my match as one of the best matches to fly under the radar this year:  

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    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Third Place at Las Vegas Spring Open! Video Included!

    Wed, 2013-05-01 12:52 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    This last weekend I had the privelege of competing in the 2013 IBJJF Las Vegas Spring International Open and after two hard fights I came away with the bronze medal! My first fight was against the baseball bat choker Magid Hage of Gracie Barra who I defeated with a guard pass (video coming soon) and my second fight was against the reigning middleweight world champion Otavio Sousa, also of Gracie Barra, who after six minutes of hard fighting with the score standing 0-0 was able to catch me in an armbar from the closed guard (video above).

    Comprido on Drug Testing in BJJ and Lloyd Irvin

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    Lucky Gi sponsored BJJ Back Belt Rafael Lovato Jr. Dominates at Houston International Open

    Tue, 2013-02-19 00:27 — Benjamin Bieker

     Luck Gi sponsored fighter Rafael Lovato Junior took gold at this weekend's Houston International Open in the Ultra-Heavy weight division(221.0+). In the finals he took on Bruno Bastos Cruz from the Nova Uniao Texas academy. Bruno and Rafael had faced each other before in a no-gi match at an UFC fan Expo Superfight. The match went the whole time limit where Lovato pulled off the win.

    Drug Testing at the Pan Ams: How will it work?

    Wed, 2013-01-23 13:16 — Benjamin Bieker

    While drug testing has not been done in most BJJ tournaments, it looks like the IBJJF is trying to level the playing field for their first big tournament of the year. That is because at the Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships, planned to be held from March 20-24, the IBJJF is going to have an anti-doping testing program implemented. The testing is going to be done by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

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