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    The full episode will be available on NBC. Currently, as it only just premiered it is still considered in current rotation. Hulu and NBC have highlight clips but nothing with the suggested statements. Wait until episode 1 is released to web (I'm guessing after episode 2 airs tonight)

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    Okay, I just talked to Ricardo Rosa who called me from 310-914-4122 which is one of the published numbers for Rickson Gracie's school. He said the following.

    Kevin Casey was a friend of Rockson Gracie one of Rickson's sons who is now deceased. Kevin started training with Rockson in 1999 or 2000. As of, say four months ago he had reached Brown Belt in Rickson's system. According to Rosa, Kevin was asked to leave Rickson's school about three months ago when he self promoted himself to Black Belt and he would not back down, even after Rickson, and Kron Gracie, (Rickson's eldest son) asked him to stop claiming he was a black belt.

    Spencer Pratt, also knew Rockson, and did some private lessons with him at one point. However he is not a Rickson Gracie purple belt. In the last year or so he did roll at the academy wearing a purple belt he had earned someplace else. Based on his technique Rosa said that Spencer was not anywhere near Black Belt level, but said that he had never heard Pratt claiming that he was indeed a BJJ Black Belt.

    When I asked Rosa who may have given Pratt his purple belt he replied that it MIGHT have been Wander Braga, another BJJ teacher, but he was not sure of this information.

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    Okay, when episode 1 is released we need a short, (say 15 seconds) of Pratt making that statement, if he indeed did do so.

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    We should contact Wander Braga to verify the purple belt, no?

    He teaches at 2 academies in SoCal:

    Gauntlet JJ
    909-579-1593

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    Fight Forum MMA
    818-248-7045

    I believe he's at Gauntlet on Tuesdays.

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    Ka-Bar, could you contact him for us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel Browning View Post
    Spencer Pratt, also knew Rockson, and did some private lessons with him at one point. However he is not a Rickson Gracie purple belt. In the last year or so he did roll at the academy wearing a purple belt he had earned someplace else. Based on his technique Rosa said that Spencer was not anywhere near Black Belt level, but said that he had never heard Pratt claiming that he was indeed a BJJ Black Belt.

    When I asked Rosa who may have given Pratt his purple belt he replied that it MIGHT have been Wander Braga, another BJJ teacher, but he was not sure of this information.
    During the conversation, was it ever stated that Pratt had the skill level of a recognized purple?

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    He didn't make that statement. All we know is that he wasn't rolling near Black level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel Browning View Post
    Ka-Bar, could you contact him for us?
    Will do.

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    I called Gauntlet BJJ and spoke with Samuel (not you Browning). He had never heard of Spencer and wasn't aware of his rank, but told me that he'd ask Wander when he came in to instruct.

    A few hours later, Samuel called back to inform me that Wander did indeed award Spencer his purple belt.

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    Here's the clip - turn the volume up - it's not a great capture but was the best I could do with shitty resources.
    YouTube - SP - I'm a celebrity etc

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