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Before They Were Stars: Renzo Gracie

Come on guys… do we really need to write anything about Renzo Gracie? He is the most charismatic member of the Gracie family. Win or lose, this lion of the sport is not afraid of anyone, I think when he is 90 years old, he will still want to fight someone in their 20’s. Below is partial a transpiration of an interview he gave to … Continue reading


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Before they were Stars: Ronda Rousey

Today’s “Before They Were Stars” segment features the undefeated “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey! As many of you may know, Ronda’s accomplished a lot in her short time as a professional MMA fighter (including securing a title shot this March against Miesha Tate); however many of you may not know that she was breed for combat sports. Ronda’s mother Dr. AnnMaria DeMars, was the first-ever American to … Continue reading


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Before They Were Stars: Chris Lytle

Today’s “Before They Were Stars” segment features the newly retired UFC veteran, Chris Lytle. As most of you may know, Lytle acquired the nickname “lights out” because he moonlighted as a professional boxer from 2002 to 2005 of which he acquired a 13-1-1 record. Even though he dabbled in boxing, Lytle’s heart was in MMA (thankfully). This veteran’s record in MMA stands a very impressive … Continue reading


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Before They Were Stars: Shinya Aoki

    Today’s “Before They Were Stars” segment features one of the top light weight Japanese fighters in MMA… Shinya Aoki! This Yuki Nakai BB holds a MMA record of 29-5-1. Of his twenty-nine win, nineteen were via submissions. He is one of the best representatives of BJJ in MMA. Little know fact, Shinya’s nickname in Japan is Tobikan Judan (which translates to grandmaster of … Continue reading


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Before They Were Stars: José Aldo

  Today’s “Before They Were Stars” segment features one of the most exciting new additions to the UFC stable, José Aldo! José is known for his sensational knockout skills, but this member of Nova União is also not too shabby on the ground. In the first video, we see a brown belt José battle Daniel Pires in the finals at the 2004 CBJJO Jiu Jitsu … Continue reading


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Before They Were Stars: Marcelo Garcia

    “Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.” – General Douglas MacArthur     There is no other person in our beloved sport that exemplifies the above quote … Continue reading


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Before They Were Stars: Nick Diaz

Before his meteoric rise to MMA stardom, he was a phenomenal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Through his MMA career, this Cesar Gracie Black Belt… Continue reading


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Before They Were Stars: Dave and Dan Camarillo

  Today, we feature famed AKA coach Dave Camarillo and his brother Dan. In addition to coaching MMA stars such as Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick and UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velazquez, Dave’s jiu Jitsu/judo hybrid helped him win a few championships in the past including the Rickson Gracie Cup, Copa Pacifica and II Oscar de Jiu-Jitsu Contra a Violência (just to name a … Continue reading


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Before They Were Stars: Caio Terra

  To close out Caio Terra week on Submission Control, we had to dig deep into the archives to find you one of his early matches as a blue belt. The below match took place in finals at the 2005 Copa do Brazil tournament. It seems that this tournament is the proving grounds for future BJJ/MMA stars. Similar to the purple belt Roger Gracie match … Continue reading


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Before They Were Stars: Ricardo “Cachorrao” Almeida

  This week’s “Before They Were Stars” segment features the Big Dog himself… Ricardo “Cachorrao” Almeida. This Renzo Gracie black belt has accomplished a lot in both his BJJ and MMA careers. The below video is a classic! You guys might have to help me out on this one… if my memory serves me correctly, this superfight between Ricardo and Francisco Neto (Yamasaki Academy) took … Continue reading


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