Couture Draws with Jacare and Garcia Wins Again
CULVER CITY, Calif. Nov. 17 — Randy Couture (Pictures) may have hung up his four-ounce
fingerless gloves, but the lifelong wrestler will always find a way
to sow his competitive oats.
“I’m going to grapple until I can’t walk,” the American mixed
martial arts legend said after his Professional Submission League
debut Friday against two-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion
Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza Dos Santos. “I love to wrestle. I love the
training and the competition.”
Stepping into a competitive arena for the first time since leaving
MMA, the only man to hold UFC titles in separate weight divisions
went to a scoreless draw with “Jacare” in front of roughly 1,000
submission-grappling fans at the Veterans Memorial Hall.
With the familiar face of “Big” John McCarthy officiating the
action, Couture quickly looked comfortable on the large, white
square mat that served as home for the evening’s eight matches.
Though he was quite a bit larger than “Jacare,” Couture, who said
he was sick leading up to the match but refused to back out, could
not muscle the slick jiu-jitsu man to the floor. Instead, the two
circled and exchanged failed takedowns.
When action did move to the ground, “Jacare” flirted with Kimuras,
armbars and triangles, but it wasn’t anything the veteran Couture
hadn’t seen before.
Without a takedown, position improvement or near catch in the
opening round, the score was tied 0-0 after one, though Santos’
cornerman Wallid Ismail
(Pictures) loudly suggested to
officials that his man should have received something for his
Couture was slippery with sweat and the Brazilian’s early
explosiveness had dissipated as the bout moved into the second of
two four-minute periods — the same round format for each bout on
Ismail, now pounding on the canvas as he screamed for “Jacare” to
attack, saw his man do little on the scoreboard, despite a solid
bit of grappling on the bottom.
Tied at 0-0 after eight minutes, PSL rules mandated overtime in the
form of two 60-second rounds. Neither man attacked in the first
overtime period, and though they engaged in the final frame,
neither landed an advantage, which forced a shrug-inducing draw
“He’s a great competitor,” Couture said of Santos. “Very slick.
Very quick. [I was] basically surviving.”
“It’s not a precursor to fighting or coming back,” he said when
asked if this was the first step to an MMA comeback. “I’ve said all
along under the right circumstance maybe I’d come back, but that
hasn’t presented itself. No plans.”
Like “The Natural,” Marcelo Garcia has earned a reputation among
fans as a man that simply cannot do any wrong. The shifty
submission expert did nothing to diminish that reputation during a
rather easy victory over respected grappler and mixed martial
artist Jake Shields
Garcia, an Abu Dhabi and Mundial world champion, opened the scoring
by putting Shields to the canvas with a single-leg takedown. The
two deliberately rolled before Garcia locked onto Shield’s
In an effort to alleviate the pressure, Shields fell to his back.
Garcia adeptly secured top position and cranked, to which Shields
tapped out with 22 seconds remaining in the opening round.
Matyushenko (Pictures) and Vinicius Magalhaes earned
the night’s first boos — and the only warning from officials — in
the opening round of their heavyweight clash.
After a lackluster four minutes, Matyushenko managed the bout’s
lone point with a controlled single-leg takedown. Magalhaes could
not pull Matyushenko into his guard or return to his feet and the
bout ended with the 1-0 tally.
King of the Cage veterans took to the mat when Alberto Crane (Pictures) met Joe Camacho (Pictures). Crane, who appeared to be the
much larger competitor, mounted a game Camacho in the first period
before adding three points for a catch on an anaconda choke.
In the second, Crane again landed a point for taking mount. He
transitioned to armbar and secured Camacho’s left arm for the
With Rickson Gracie in
his corner, Kron Gracie scored a shutout against Andy Wang. Gracie opened the scoring
with a beautiful inside trip takedown. Despite protests from Wang,
Kron scored three more points for an attempted Achilles lock.
The second period slowed to a crawl, and with four points in his
pocket Gracie simply needed to defend positions to win.
Rafael Luvato Jr. dominated on points to defeat Roberto Camarago
7-0. Luvato Jr. put Camarago down with a single-leg takedown to
take an early lead. He added three points to close out the first
round by jumping into guard for a guillotine choke.
In the second frame a nice transition to armbar netted Luvato Jr.
an additional three points, closing out the most lopsided win of
Jeff Glover (Pictures) earned a 3-0 decision over
Shane Rice (Pictures). Glover’s catch came as he
transitioned into a kneebar during the opening period. The two
exchanged interesting positions in the final four minutes, but Rice
mustered little offense.
Mac Danzig (Pictures) took a 6-0 lead before catching
Alan Zborovsky in a north-south choke. A near Kimura put the King
of the Cage lightweight champion up, and he followed with another
catch before finishing with the choke.
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