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Old 02-27-2009, 05:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A. Silva trains with world class BJJ in Rio De Janiero!

Thought I'd share this to add some hype to the fight!

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- If you need to train top-level jiu-jitsu, there is no better place than Rio de Janeiro.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva knows this well, and that’s why he’s in Rio getting ready for his April 18 title defense against Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Thales Leites at UFC 97.

Two BJJ legends are helping Silva prepare: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (ADCC 2005 88-kg champion and multiple-time world BJJ champion in his weight class and the absolute class) and André Galvão (current world BJJ Champion and ADCC 2007 third-place finisher at 77 kilograms and the absolute class).

“I’m studying Thales’ fights, imitating his way of fighting, in order to help Anderson,” explained Galvão, whose left eye was purple after a hard sparring session on Feb. 10. “This is the result of two high kicks. He hit me while I was trying to take him down. Anderson never stops and changes his base all the time, which makes him hard to clinch and take down. I admire Thales a lot, but I would bet all my money on Anderson.”

In early February, Galvão was the highlight of the Brazilian ADCC Trials. He submitted five of his six opponents to earn a spot in the 88-kg bracket of the submission wrestling tournament.
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Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
and André Galvão (right).

“If ADCC 2009 is really confirmed for September, I may compete. But now my main focus is MMA, and Anderson is helping me a lot,” said Galvão, who is confirmed for the 76-kg Dream grand prix in April. “Training every day with him, Jacaré, Feijão and sometimes the [Nogueira] brothers, I feel I’m in the best place in the world for a MMA fighter.”

Jacaré, who has defeated Roger Gracie twice in submission competitions, is also happy to be part of Silva’s training.

“I didn’t get adapted at Xtreme Couture, but I was having nice training with Saulo and Xande Ribeiro in San Diego,” he said. “Actually I came here invited by Galvão just to visit him, but Anderson and the whole group treated me so well that I decided to stay. Now I’ve been training with them for almost two months.”

Jacaré is also scheduled to fight in Dream in April. The bout will not be a rematch against Gegard Mousasi, as many have thought.

“Mousasi went up to fight in another division. I don’t know who will be my opponent, but I’ll be ready for him,” said Jacaré, who has a record of 10-2 in MMA.

Asked for his opinion on the title bout between his new training partner in Silva and the Nova União black belt in Leites, Jacaré didn’t hesitate: “I hope Anderson gives 1,000 percent in this fight and brings one more victory to us.”

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Old 02-27-2009, 11:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good training. He doesn't have to worry about Leites so much, more like if Maia gets past Marquardt.
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He'll be fine against Leites in my book because Leites BJJ while better then Anderson's isn't on a different level.

Now training with Jacare is possibly the best thing he could do for getting ready for Maia. They are different types of grapplers but Jacare is the only guy who is Maia's size that is better then him.
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I'd say they're on the same level, except Maia's adapted his BJJ much better to MMA than Jacare.
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Jacare is probably a bit better in Pure BJJ. Maia is a bit more dangerous off his back which helps in MMA so he can just pull guard. But Jacare is probably a bit better in just BJJ skill.
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Nice, this workout and training is good for his upcoming fight.
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Jacare is an excellent choice for a grappling/BJJ training partner in terms of style and movement. There's black belt...then there's "BLACK BELT."
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This is very true and then there is a "Black Belt" and Jacare Souza.

He's on a different level then maybe 10 guys in the world.
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Jacare is probably a bit better in Pure BJJ. Maia is a bit more dangerous off his back which helps in MMA so he can just pull guard. But Jacare is probably a bit better in just BJJ skill.
Have Maia and Jacare met more than once, is Jacare much more decorated?

I'm not really all that up on BJJ, but the only time I saw them grapple Maia tooled him. Or I could be completely wrong.
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I'd say they're on the same level, except Maia's adapted his BJJ much better to MMA than Jacare.
I think Jacare has a better takedown game though.

Anderson should be bringing in some wrestlers, since it's his only clear weakness. Yes, even though he pulled off a nice switch on Nate the great
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