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Rickson Gracie to be coordinator at Super Challenge Grappling

By Zach Arnold | November 10, 2007

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(From B-Tough)

Submission attempts will score more points than any other position

While no one is really sure about his return to the ring, Rickson Gracie has joined the Super Challenge Grappling organization to help coordinate rules for the show. Promoter Paulo Vasconcelos explained that Rickson joining the event was fundamental in establishing the rules of the tournament.

“We talked about the necessity of creating rules for fighters to be active and we are working on making these rules work.”

Rickson stated that Super Challenge will feature a grappling event with all the glamour and notoriety of a big MMA show.

“Paulo is a big friend of mine and I am happy to join this project. What we did is make rules that will give points to fighters who put their opponents in real submission attempts. For example, a sweep will render only one point, a mount position two points, but a submission attempt will earn you three points. We are going to offer a great show for the fans and hope to stimulate fighters to compete for submissions.”

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3 Responses to “Rickson Gracie to be coordinator at Super Challenge Grappling”

  1. Brandt says:

    So a fighter can be swept and mounted, but their armbar attempt, legit or not, will tie up the score. Wonderful. I can’t wait to see how this pans out. Rickson continues to be “that silly” Gracie. I wonder if he used those rules to determine his 400-0 record as well?

  2. Matt says:

    What with a lifetime experience in the game, I don’t think he’ll be handing out wins to someone attempting to armbar his opponent from under the mount.

    Judging isn’t black and white, and I’m glad to see rules implemented that encourage going for the finish, which makes for exciting AND technical fights. You won’t find many high level competitors suddenly changing their game to going for stupid sub attempts to impress the judges.

  3. Grape Knee High says:

    Hopefully, a “submission attempt” here will mean a “catch” rather than any failed attempt.

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