When looking at the Roberto Cyborg vs Brendan Schaub fight at Metamoris 2, you can think two things: 1. Schaub was running away and disengaging. 2. Roberto Cyborg Abreu should have brought the fight to him.
Cyborg was not in an easy situation, Schaub stuffed all his takedown attempts and didn’t want anything to do with Cyborg’s tornado roll attempts. Schaub was also physically stronger than Cyborg and had good takedown defense (he also knew how to go near the edge of the elevated mat whenever Cyborg shot for a takedown…) so he could control where the fight went. You can see the fight here:
I’m often in this situation in training when I have Judokas and wrestlers rolling in our BJJ class. I appreciate rolling with them because they are always tough and have great grips and of course It is always a challenge for me to not get thrown by them. However, some of them seem to avoid playing the jiu-jitsu game on the ground (passing the guard, improving position and looking for a submission.), and whenever they feel a danger coming for a sweep, they get up and run away to stand back up. In IBJJF rules they would be penalized for disengaging.
So what is the solution? You need to bring the fight to the other and not sit there in a “get in my guard” kind of attitude.” Marcelo Garcia in the 2003 ADCC amazed everybody with his aggressive game. In this match vs the much bigger Mike Van Arsdale, he went relentlessly after him. He was grabbing the wrist, going for armdrags and didn’t quit until he got his back and choked him out. I is easy to judge from here and I’m no position to say that Cyborg was wrong, but had he been as aggressive as Marcelo, we might not be having all this controversy.
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