Nate Orchard: Jiu-Jitsu Is A Game Of Death

Nate Orchard: Jiu-Jitsu Is A Game Of Death



Nathan Orchard is a 10th Planet jiu-jitsu black belt under Eddie Bravo with close to 15 years of experience in martial arts. His MMA record is fairly impressive but it’s also allowed Nate to realize his one true passion is jiu-jitsu and he’s been competing for years in order to advance his art. Orchard, along with his chosen students, has the reputation of a submission hunter so it’s no surprise he was asked to participate in Chael Sonnen‘s Submission Underground ( July 17 ).

He recently spoke up about the opportunity:

“In every competition there should be a winner and a loser. Who wants to compete for a draw? What warrior wants to go to battle and fight to a draw? I know that’s not what I want. People want a winner and a loser so why would a combat sport be okay with it? Not to be overly dramatic but it’s the game of death. When you play to the death there is a winner and a loser.”

Submission Underground previously announced it will be using modified EBI rules. For 8 minutes, a competitor can win only by scoring a submission. If there are no submissions the match moves to an overtime. The winner of a coin flip can start either from the back or from the arm bar position. If one competitor scores a submission and his opponent doesn’t- he’s the winner. But if both escape we move on to next overtime. After three rounds quickest escapist is declared the winner.

Submission Underground will also be taking place in a cage instead of a standard grappling mat which is expected to prevent competitors from rolling to much and having the match reset.

Orchard added:

“A decision victory is just someone’s opinion of who won. I want there to be no question, and I get the chance to do that at Submission Underground.”

Orchard previously did really well in the EBI 2 lightweight bracket, making it to the finals where he lost to Denny Prokopos via “quickest escape”. He also had a quick showing at EBI 3 and 5 but he was eliminated in the early rounds in both, by Josh Hinger  and Lachlan Giles.

“This is what I do,” Orchard said. “I’ve been in four EBI’s and I’m always ready to go to work. When I got the call I jumped on it immediately. “Those rules are the closest thing to getting it right in this sport. If I had my way the only thing that would change would be the time limit. Let’s put two competitors out there and let them go until someone taps.”

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