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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.
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Though we were a bit light on events this week, WNO came in clutch with several marquee matches that rocked the grappling world. From a sub of the night performance by Mikey Musumeci to a blazing quick main event from Craig Jones, the show set a solid pace from beginning to end.
Unfortunately, the dark side was strong this week, as we have to talk once again about the Paul Brothers. Ahead of older brother Logan’s match against possible GOAT boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jake Paul will once again be facing a retired UFC fighter in a professional boxing match of his own. Former Bantamweight champion Tyron Woodley will be tasked with representing MMA against the blonde guy who kicked Ben Askren to the curb, and honestly, a few folks are nervous.
And finally, a bullied teen is receiving help after a vicious bullying attack caught on video. Renner Gracie once again offered to sponsor a kid in need, and it looks like the help is already taking hold. Always fantastic to highlight goodness!
All this and more on this week’s roundup!
In a bare week for grappling news, WNO came in clutch to give us all the eye candy we could want. With a stacked prelim card and main card, people got to see BJJ greats from all over the world play their games on the mat. But with respect to them, Mikey Musumeci vs. Lucas Pinheiro and Craig Jones vs. Luiz Panza stole the show. Both dynamic submission finishes, the technique, and pace were such that you could blink and miss half the show.
In the co-main, Musumeci immediately sat to guard and looked for leg exposure. Luis began immediately looking for the pass and tried to control Mikey’s legs. Mikey was still able to enter K-Guard and began to force Luis to posture as he attacked the now exposed right leg. Luis did a phenomenal job defending, rolling out, and nearly escaping the leg entanglement. But Mikey stuck on, and at barely two minutes into the match, Luis gave up the tap. A lightning-fast performance, but it would soon be outdone on the clock.
In the main event, Jones immediately sat to guard looking for his classic entry, and Panza dropped to join him. Jones looked for an arm drag on Panza’s right, but Panza disengaged as Jones slipped in a butterfly hook. Jones went deep and caught a bite on Panza’s right leg, causing the Checkmat black belt to turn to escape. However, Jones had the leg fully secured and brought Panza to the mat as he went for the heel hook. With less than 60 seconds having passed, Jones got the tap, and the main event win.
It was a fantastic night of matches. If you missed it, they deserve a look back online.
Woodley vs. Paul
And now we must talk about this. Former UFC champion Tyron Woodley will be facing disgraced Disney Channel star turned Social media monster turned pro boxer Jake Paul, in a Showtime pay-per-view event this August. Paul is looking to take on a much more seasoned striker this time around, rocking the combat sports world with his KO win over former ONE FC champion and UFC vet Ben Askren months prior.
“Easiest fight of my career and biggest purse of my career all in one night,” Woodley said to ESPN. “Basically, they brought me in to take out the trash. I can’t wait to shut this bitch up. This is getting done for the culture, the whole MMA community and boxing community, to rid this guy of combat sports.”
A different beast than Askren despite their shared wrestling background, Woodley has a respectable 7 KO/TKO record of his 19 professional wins inside the cage. His last striking showcase was in his leveling of seasoned striker Darren Till before submitting him at UFC 228. But coming off of a four-fight losing streak against some of the divisions’ best before retirement, the betting odds have been remarkably scattershot across different outlets.
With a 3-0 record, many fans are disappointed that no one has demolished Paul yet. But with an apparent dedication to training, he might be seen as genuinely legitimate with a win over Woodley. Whether or not this will lead to any foray into MMA is anyone’s guess.
The date is set for August 28, but no venue or card details have been announced as of writing.
Break out the Everclear folks. We’re doing this again.
Gracie Helps Bullied Teen
As more and more incidents of violent bullying are documented worldwide, people have turned to martial arts as a means of protection in droves. Last week, a seventh-grader named Charlee Funes became the latest focal point of the conversation.
A victim of school bullying, pictures of Charlee’s brutalized face after an attack from a repeat harasser made the rounds on social media. Taking notice, BJJ black belt and Gracie Bullyproof creator Rener Gracie publicly offered to sponsor the girl’s martial arts training. She could travel to a nearby Gracie accredited school for free lessons on self-defense and de-escalation.
Taking him up on the offer, Charlee entered her first BJJ class under Professor Jeff Kim of Fusion MMA soon after. Gracie posted a video update of Charlee’s rapid progress, showcasing her escaping mount, taking the back, and other fundamentals.
For anyone who was a victim of bullying, it’s a heartwarming sight to see. Best of luck to Charlee on her martial arts journey!
Well, that’s all from me, folks. Tune in next time to read about the many time’s fellow Aces Writer Jeff Nelson stole my wallet!
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand we’re back!
Hello again to all of our returning readers, and a big welcome to all the newcomers. My name is Kevin Bradley. I’m an out-of-shape pale writer with a bald spot and a Master’s Degree, and it’s my pleasure to welcome you to the latest edition of the Aces BJJ News Roundup!
Folks, I know I usually have a big how-to-do for an intro for the Aces BJJ News Roundup to really set the scene. But after this crazy week, I need a cigarette and a nap. We got to see the dramatic crowning of a new UFC champion after one of the most spine-tingling matches of recent memory.
The Aces BJJ News Team has once again braved the gaping maw at the end of the combat sports world to bring you the very best updates from this wonderful world of violence. We’ve crossed the globe thousands of times over because our dear readers deserve nothing less than the best-curated content blood and loose teeth can buy. It’s a thankless job, but with all the fantastic mayhem we get to sit ringside for, I never hear many complaints. So, what happened this time?
This week’s edition of the Aces BJJ News Roundup is a slow-burning fuse leading to a massive explosion. MMA fans the world over held their breath Saturday morning as the uber stacked card of UFC 261 inched closer and closer. Rose Namajunas made headlines with her out-of-character racist remarks to her opponent and then-champion, Weili Zhang. We had the highly anticipated rematch between welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, and journeyman contender turned fan-favorite Jorge Masvidal. And if those two weren’t enough reason to swoon, we had the likes of former middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Ultimate Fighter 17 runner-up Uriah Hall rounding out the undercard.
It was a weekend of debauchery and mayhem. People got a choice; a spectacular MMA bout between two giants in the sport and a complete inbred boxing catastrophe between two non-boxing trash talkers. If that wasn’t crazy enough, we had a scheduled fight end via TKO….at the weigh-ins. Join us as we inch closer and closer to the eventual heat death of the universe in this, the latest edition of the Aces BJJ News Roundup!
A crazy time to be sure.
Today we’ll cover the recent Askren/Paul boxing event on Triller, the Stephens/Klose face-off assault, and the diamond in the rough that was the Gastelum/Wittaker bout. So let’s jump right into it, gang!
So as you’ve no doubt had it beaten into every cell in your body by combat sports media by now that the dumber-looking Paul brother, Jake, fought ex-ONE FC champ, 2x NCAA champ, Olympic contender, and UFC vet Ben Askren in a… boxing match, this past Saturday.
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