Fight Breakdown: Royce Gracie Omoplatas Sumo Wrestler


It was New Year’s Eve, 2004, when Royce Gracie stepped into the cage to face sumo champion Chad “Akebono” Rowan for a K-1 Dynamite MMA match. Which means some of the people reading this site are too young to remember what happened next.

With 265 pounds separating the fighters–Akebono weighed in at 205.0 kilos–Gracie pulled guard. Twice.

BJJ Trickster does an excellent job of breaking down the rest:

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Kimberly Kaye
Kimberly Kaye is a blue belt under Plinio Cruz now training BJJ and Muay Thai out of NOLA MMA. When she's not being choked or kicked by large Louisianians, she's a student of integrative medicine/nutrition at FCMA and rehabilitator of deaf bully breed dogs no one else wants. Kimberly coexists with the rare diseases CIPO and Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, and is an advocate for disabled individuals in the martial arts community and world at large.
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