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Stun Gun 01-15-2013 10:21 PM

Who are the best BJJ fighters in MMA?
The title says it all, who do you believe are the best BJJ fighters in MMA?

I'll make my list here shortly, still coming up with it

El Bresko 01-15-2013 10:37 PM

Braulio Estima, Roger Gracie, Jacare de Souza, Demian Maia, Fabricio Werdum, Rob Drysdale and Andre Galvao.

then Vinny Magalhaes, Gabriel Gonzaga, Josh Barnett and Rousimar Palhares.

then Shields, Aoki, Sotiropoulos etc.

Stun Gun 01-15-2013 10:41 PM

Aoki is too low. and what do you think of Monson? where would he rank, and Arona, and Filho?

El Bresko 01-15-2013 10:50 PM

You can't rank Aoki higher than he is. Barnett and Vinny are both recent world champions in nogi, Palhares came 2nd at Abu Dhabi to one of the best on the planet in Galvao and only lost by close decision.

Aoki gets murdered by anyone with the ability of the guys in the tier above.

Arona and Monson are hovering between tier 1 and 2 because they aren't as good anymore, they were up with the best in their day though.

Filho is comparable to a Nog, above the 3rd tier but not quite the 2nd tier. (probably not anymore but during their primes that was where they would be)

Cookie Monster 01-15-2013 11:11 PM

I have to agree with Bresko here, the list looks solid, and his views on Aoki are spot on. Also I would add Frank Mir to that list as well. Love him or hate him, there is no denying his skill.

Voiceless 01-16-2013 06:38 AM

Is the question in the OP about pure BJJ or about MMA BJJż

Budhisten 01-16-2013 06:52 AM

Roger Gracie
Demian Maia
Jacare Souza
Robert Drysdale
Shinya Aoki

And the list goes on :p

Killz 01-16-2013 06:59 AM

Pat Barry

Budhisten 01-16-2013 07:00 AM


Originally Posted by Killz (Post 1691554)
Pat Barry

Seems legit ;)

El Bresko 01-16-2013 07:05 AM


Originally Posted by Killz (Post 1691554)
Pat Barry

Oohh I dunno, it's a close call between Pat, Lavar and Melvin.

We can add Gonzaga to my list at the top, he fits in the 2nd tier with Barnett, Palhares and Vinny.

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