Huh, was it a small local tournament or a larger one?
A tournament is no place for horseplay during a match. Those two disrespected the spirit of the sport.
Their coach made them apologise in public to the ref.
i know these guys very well. they win just about every comp in sydney in the purple belt division and i've faced them many times over.
they've been training together for about 6 years and thought they'd have some fun if they met in the final. i would certainly not have encouraged them to do this, but it was pretty funny.
I don't think a tournament is a place for making fun.
You can do that before and after, but on the tourney you're there to fight, team-mate or not.
It was pretty funny and was dealt with correctly. You can bet their coach will instill a more mature outlook on their future with their team.
i remember them talking about doing this years ago, i didn't think they'd go through with it.
these guys do take the sport very seriously, they train like pros and are probably some of the better grapplers in the country.
but i don't know how they thought everyone would be ok with this. i wonder if they imagined the brazilian coaches laughing and slapping them on the back after.
My friend who was down there said they were the only ones in their division and wanted to save themselves for the open weight class. This was their version of the rock, paper, scissors competition that apparently happens between a lot of team mates who end up in a match.
Funny but immature. If i did this in a kyokushin tournament or Muay Thai fight I'd need an escort out of the building.
This is the comment by one of them, the guy in MMA shorts, on Youtube:
The YT comments seem to support them in a kind of misunderstood joke way, but going to a tourney always means you might end up facing team mates, especially if there's few people in a cathegory.Quote:
THE GREATEST BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU MATCH EVER!
I would first like to apologise to the NSW BJJ Federation, Bruno Panno, Liam Resnekov and Gigante.
Background: There were only three guys in my division, Elan (USA trunks) had the first fight (i was straight into the final with a bye in the first round) and Elan won his fight decisively.
The final was between Elan and I (who are very good friends and training partners), we have faught each other everyday for the last 5.5 years in the gym, so instead of a boring fake BJJ match, we did a AWESOME Pro Wrestling match.
The crowd was very pleased with our performance, but the judges and officials were not.
We were disqualified from the match, and the whole comp (we also entered the open weight class and were automatically disqualified from that).
It was unfortunate, but it happened. We apologise.
Elan and I hope you enjoy this match as much as we enjoyed performing for you!
Doesn't mean you should play circus instead of fighting, IMO.