Today’s Match of the Week is between a giant in the sport and a up and coming giant. Rafa Mendes versus Theodoro Canal!

There is a lot written about Rafa Mendes, but Theodoro Canal is a lesser know name. Keep your eye out for this guy, he is definitely a force in BJJ.

Enjoy the match.


From about Theodoro Canal

Theodoro Canal was born on the 22nd of April, 1981 in the State of Espirito Santo – Brazil. He started practicing jiu-jitsu by the age of 7, because his mother thought it was a good way for her youngster to get in shape while interacting with other kids of the same age. When he was 14 years old, he changed camps as his family moved houses and Theodoro picked up training with Agnaldo Goes’s school.

Later Canal moved to Rio de Janeiro and trained with Nigue and Vinicius Amaral from the Carlson Gracie Team, competing under that banner for 4 years. It was around that time that Theodoro Canal received a scholarship from the Gama Filho University, one of the most recognizable Physical Education schools in the country. One of the school’s subjects was Jiu Jitsu and it’s team was rated amongst the best in the country (the University cutt BJJ from their program at a later stage, but the team went on to form Grapple Fight Team – GFT), Theodoro started training there with Master Julio Cesar already as a purple belt and earned his brown and black (2003) from the hands of Cesar.

Since earning his black belt, Theodoro Canal became one of the strongest competitors making the top spots of many important tournaments such as the Mundial, Pan Ams, World Cup and many others.

Canal Beating a World Champion