The 2003 no time-limit match between Rener Gracie and Cassio Werneck was one of those BJJ matches that became infamous because of the way they ended.
Gracie, newly promoted to black belt by Helio Gracie, faced off against the seasoned Werneck – a competitor with significant achievements including IBJJF Pan and World Championships under his belt.
The match was intense from the get-go, with both athletes showcasing their skills through various guard passes, sweeps, and submission attempts.
However, as Rener applied a Straight Ankle Lock, Werneck’s single tap led the referee to halt the match – awarding the victory to Rener.
But Werneck protested immediately, claiming that he did not tap out.
The subsequent review of the footage did little to clear the air, leaving the BJJ community divided over the outcome.
Despite the dispute, Rener Gracie advanced, ultimately winning the tournament.
What do you think about the outcome? Was it a tap or not?
Check it out on the video below: