UFC light-weight champion and former sambo participant Islam Makhachev rocked the grappling group final month by questioning the validity of a BJJ black belt. Talking with Daniel Cormier forward of his submission win over former champion Charles Olivera, the Russian made mild of Olivera’s grappling credentials.
“All these [other guys who Oliveira has faced] Chandler, Gaethje, Poirier… All these man don’t have anything [no grappling skills]. On the bottom, I don’t assume [so]…” Makhachev advised Cormier
After Cormier pushed again by highlighting Dustin Porier’s personal black belt rank, Makhachev known as its validity and that means into query.
“Black belt. Who give him [Porier] that? We now have to test that brother. And now we have to cancel many black belts [because] they make Jiu-Jitsu look unhealthy. As a result of lots of guys have black belt however I don’t know [if they have the skills],” Makhachev concluded.
With even ADCC champions like Rodolfo Vieira being submitted in UFC competitors by lower-ranked grapplers, Makhachev’s remark was not seen as unfounded. One other instance of BJJ belt’s questionable use is seen in former UFC light-weight champion turned-soccer star Khabib Nurmagomedov coaching in a BJJ white belt regardless of his apparent high-level submission talent.
The broader jiu-jitsu group had but to answer Makhachev till ADCC silver medalist Craig Jones weighed in yesterday.
“I truthfully agree [with] Makhachev when he says Lots of people need to have their black belts taken away,” Jones stated in a video to the B-Group Jiu-Jitsu youtube web page. “I kinda agree with that.”
Jones cited Makhachev’s capacity to carry opponents down and isolate them, a talent a lot much less emphasised in skilled BJJ.
“I feel what these guys [Makhachev’s camp] are doing is type of superior to what we’ve been doing for a very long time. [Because] we constructed a complete sport round conceding backside place,” Jones stated. Regardless of his reward of Makhachev’s in-cage dominance from the highest, Jones isn’t calling for a complete overhaul of the game.
“I’m not a kind of guys that claims we must always grapple like persons are hanging us,” Jones stated. “However I imagine we must always grapple like the highest man is aware of the best way to cross and pin. Loads of guys are advantageous being on backside as a result of they’ve by no means rolled with somebody who is aware of the best way to cross a man or pin somebody.”
Igniting a fierce debate as soon as the clip was posted to the BJJ World Instagram web page, Jones took to the feedback to make clear his remarks.
“Don’t imply it actually,” Craig wrote, “I simply assume saying you’re a black belt doesn’t maintain a lot weight anymore.”
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