Your eyes slowly flicker open, a world of harsh colors and strange shapes hazily coming into focus. You notice empty cans strewn on the floor as you slowly rise to your feet. A pounding rings through your head, along with scattered memories of the last few days. You remember a stupidly improbable boxing match, a BJJ legend coming back to ADCC, and guys who thinks “slap bump” means something very different than what it actually means.
As more memories return, you hobble towards the kitchen for sustenance. Bagels enter the toaster with cream cheese at the ready when your phone starts to buzz. It’s the Robin Hood app, and apparently, you’ve made 60k off of old AMC stock! Suddenly, it all comes rushing back. The Logan Paul fight, the sadness, the drinking, all the fog of the last few days is violently blown away. But despite the sudden clarity, the wackiness you lived through still requires some explanation. Luckily for you, it’s time once again for the Aces BJJ News Roundup!
A packed issue today to be sure, folks. We’ll be unpacking some Combat Jiu-Jitsu, Andre Galvao’s return to ADCC, and one of the biggest boxing exhibition matches in history. It’s wet out there, so I hope you packed an umbrella.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul
“I was surprised by him tonight. Good little work, good guy.”
Those were the words spoken by Boxing legend and undefeated competitor Floyd “Money” Mayweather after an eight-round match against controversial Youtuber and podcast host Logan Paul this past Sunday night. Hyped for months, the bout went the distance to the surprise of most spectators. Vegas odds overwhelmingly favored not just an emphatic victory for Mayweather but one in the early rounds to boot. As plenty of money changed hands from casual gamblers, the two athletes made off like absolute bandits with tens of millions of dollars each in sponsorship revenue alone to their names. All in all, the only losers were those who bought the pay-per-view.
So how was the fight? Meh. Early explosiveness from Paul in the first rounds made for an entertaining show. Mayweather showcased his ridiculous evasiveness even going into his mid-40’s with Paul only landing 28 strikes throughout the fight. Logan utilized his size well, closing in for a clinch in bad situations and employing his reach to attack from a distance. Paul showed signs of slowing down in the mid-rounds, clinching more and more to avoid a KO blow from the former champion, but even with the height and 34-pound advantage, the social media star was outstruck by one of the very best the sport has ever seen.
So, in the end, was this a good thing? Not sure. The number of MMA fighters asking to box influencers has shot through the roof, with even guys like retired former title challenger Chad Mendez asking for a bout. One silver lining is that fighter pay has been brought to the forefront, many fighters like Paulo Costa pointing out that such enormous paydays for people like Paul. They aren’t full-time professional athletes is unfair. “YouTubers are showing all disgrace on this business,” Costa said in a Twitter post. White was quick to dunk on the black belt in response, but the issue is still out there.
But the biggest boon to come out of this clusterfuck of a show is that Aces BJJ Head Editor Uncle Coach Kevin owes me $20. Yes, I bet Paul would go the distance. Yes, I’m part of the problem.
Andre Returns to ADCC
In another surprise for the combat sports world, Atos Head Coach and multiple-time ADCC champion Andre Galvao announced his return to the ADCC superfight stage in 2022. The formerly retired BJJ star made headlines earlier this year with his public verbal altercation and subsequent slapping by Gorgon Ryan after negotiations for a match fell through.
With Ryan pulling out of competition entirely while dealing with health issues, many decried Galvao for only coming out now that Ryan is sidelined. But new screenshots put out by Flograppling reveal that Galvao had agreed to return on May 1, before the news about Ryan’s health became public.
Other factors at play undoubtedly include pay. Galvao famously shifted negotiations by publicly demanding a cool million dollars to compete against Ryan back in February. ADCC has only agreed to a $40,000 prize, but with so many x-factors at play, it’s a number that might change. Despite Ryan being the clear favorite for the match, his health issues will necessitate the matchmakers to find a replacement assuming his recovery is slow.
We here at Aces will keep our eyes peeled for any updates to come.
Roberto Jimenez Beats Neate Orchard at CJJ
The 16-man welterweight tournament to crown the new CCJ champ is now in the books. It was a night full of fun matches with tons of friendly face-palms, but two black belts rose above the others. 10th Planet’s Nate Orchard fought young prodigy Roberto Jimenez in the finals for the chance to get their picture taken with Eddie Bravo, and a heck of a time was had before the slightly controversial stoppage.
Orchard capped off the initial scramble with an arm-drag on Jimenez but wound up on the bottom in north-south. Jimenez delivered a few strikes to Orchard’s torso, then allowed his bendy opponent to bridge and turn. Jimenez went to take the back but ended up on the bottom as he transitioned to a triangle choke. But just as Jimenez extended the trapped arm, the ref called the tap and ended the fight. Orchard verbally denied submitting, but his efforts were ultimately fruitless. Jimenez was declared the winner at a minute and eighteen seconds into regulation and awarded the CJJ Welterweight belt. I can’t speak for others, but the controversy of the fight only made me want to see it run back ASAP.
That’s all for this week. Tune in next time as I replace all of my ligaments with fresh spaghetti!
Aces BJJ Blog staff writer and BJJ Blue belt under Edward “Scissor Hands” Berberich of Soulcraft BJJ. Kevin has been training BJJ for four years and complaining about Star Wars for over 20. Follow him on Instagram @kbrads_bjj