ADCC 2009: Weidman Wows, Even in Defeat
The phrase "moral victory" is always met with some skepticism in
sports. You either win or you lose, and there's little to be said
for "playing hard."
Not in the case of Chris
Weidman at ADCC 2009.
Weidman, a 25-year-old understudy of Matt Serra and
Ray Longo, won the ADCC East Coast Trials to earn his berth to
Barcelona. In the deep and talented 88-kilogram division, a
dominant first-round points victory over Spaniard Daniel Tabera
on Saturday assured the native New Yorker nothing but crowd
hostility, and a quarter-final match-up against one of the best
pound-for-pound grapplers in the world, Andre Galvao.
Yet, in spite of the gulf in submission experience, the BJJ purple
belt was sensational against one of the world's best black
Just seconds into the bout, Galvao locked up a deep omoplata on
Weidman, which he used to roll backwards, take Weidman's back, and
nearly armbar him. From there, the four-time All-American at Nassau
Community College and Hofstra attacked Galvao with brilliant throws
from the clinch before the points period, which against nearly any
other grappler in the world, would have landed him in dominant
Weidman's potent base allowed him to shut down Galvao's deep half
guard game, as well as allowing him to attack with submissions of
his own. Rather than play the passive points game that many
wrestling converts do at ADCC, Weidman trapped Galvao with both a
brabo choke and a Peruvian necktie, forcing the multiple-time BJJ
world champion to work far harder than was anticipated. Galvao
eventually used his savvy to score during the points period,
passing guard and earning a 4-0 points victory.
However, the crucial thing to consider is that Weidman's primary
focus is MMA -- a venue he's already looked stellar in through his
first two fights. For such a novice fighter to be so aggressive and
technical in a pure grappling competition against one of the
world's best speaks volumes to what a great MMA middleweight
Weidman may become.
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