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Metamoris 5 Lineup Preview

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Metamoris is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu promotion founded by Ralek Gracie that takes top competition talent from around the world. Nasters like Eddie Bravo, Jeff Glover, Royler Gracie and MMA athletes Brendan Schaub, Dean Lister and Josh Barnett have been some of the most well known competitors on the Metamoris mat. Here’s a look at who will be competing at Metamoris 5 on Saturday.

Kasushi Sakuraba vs. Renzo Gracie

The Gracie family rivalry with the great Kasushi Sakuraba is one that reaches back to the days of Pride FC. Sakuraba has taken MMA victories over Royler, Ryoce, and Renzo Gracie, earning him the nickname “The Gracie Hunter.” The competition is a highly anticipated grudge match 14 years in waiting since Sakuraba’s kimura submission victory over Renzo in Pride 10.

Rory MacDonald vs. J.T. Torres

While Rory MacDonald waits for the welterweight title shot between the winner of Robbie Lawler and Johnny Hendricks, he will roll with J.T. Torres. Rory MacDonald is the latest high profile MMA name the promotion has competing on the card, taking on BJJ black belt JT Torres. Torres is an international competitor, earning multiple medals in the World Jiu-Jitsu championship, Pan No-Gi Championship and took the gold medal at the 2013 world No-Gi Championship. Fans will get to see a top MMA athlete show his skills on the mat.

Yuri Simoes vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.

Yuri Simoes is a multiple time World Champion, World No Gi Champion, and Pan American Champion to name a few of his accomplishments. Rafael Lovato Jr. has a commensurate list of championship victories at the No-Gi world open, Abu Dhabi, and is a previous Metamoris competitor. Though he lost his Metamoris 3 matchup by decision to André Galvão, he will be a fomridable opponent to Simoes.

Garry Tonon vs. Zak Maxwell

Garry Tonon has battled against Metamoris athletes like Kron Gracie, Keenan Cornelius, and current 3-time black belt absolute champion Marcus “Bucheca” Almeida.  Garry was a force to be reckoned with at the brown belt level, winning 2 No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu world championships and the ADCC North American trials. He faces Zak Maxwell, who was regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the American grappling circuit after winning the Mundial (World Championship) as a brown belt in 2009.

Vinny Magalhães vs. TBA
(Phil Davis (red shorts) competes against Vinny Magalhaes (black shorts) during UFC 159 at the Prudential Center. Photo: Brad Penner:USA TODAY Sports)
(Phil Davis (red shorts) competes against Vinny Magalhaes (black shorts) during UFC 159 at the Prudential Center. Photo: Brad Penner:USA TODAY Sports)

Vinny Magalhães is a 2nd degree blackbelt in Eddie Bravo’s 10th planet Jiu-Jisu school. In addition to world class grappling skills, Magalhães has been a strong competitor in MMA in M-1 Global, the UFC and Titan FC. He was originally set to face Kevin Casey, but Casey had to withdraw from the fight to undergo emergency surgery for a blood clot. He has since claimed that he will face anyone with the right credentials. Who knows? If you think you’ve got the grappling skills to compete, submit to metamoris.

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Kurt Tellez
Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.