After the conclusion of IBJJF Austin Open, video emerged of Ulpiano Malachias rushing through a barricade and throwing a chair at white belt who had just won a match. While the video appears to be pretty straightforward, as it was recorded from multiple angles, Malachias claims that there was bad blood leading up to the tournament, and his actions were instigated by the “disrespectful” white belt.
Here is Malachias’ open apology:
First, I would to like to apologize to the IBJJF which I’ve been a member of for over 20 years, longer than most people who even attended the Austin open this year. I never have had one misconduct at any tournament. Second to my team Gracie Barra and my students because as a professor I should hold the standards of my team and my colleagues higher. Besides the fact that I’m a black belt professor and need to lead by example I am a man and father and when someone (especially a white belt at a tournament) calls me a **** multiple times and flip me off it’s hard to not react on the moment. The video that was posted doesn’t show everything and was majorly edited to make me look like i was not instigated and i just went crazy for no reason or because the loss of the match. When in reality, my reaction had nothing to do with the result of the match. The kid was talking trash leading up to the tournament and during the tournament and then after the match while he was inside the ring he stood up looked for me, flipped me off and called me a ‘****’. So the disrespect was be mutual and started with him. Doesn’t make what i did ‘right’ but every story has 2 sides and what was post on social media only show his side. As most people know that every time that team have a chance to play the victim they will do it. I hope his professor teaches his students how to respect black belts and their sport one day.