Leandro Lo at AOJ | Page 3

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  1. Kenny from MD Less angry than before.

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    I see Rafa and Lo ending on ad or ref decision for Lo, and spending the majority of it in DLR and 50/50. Rafa does not open up enough to just be passed and in this instance, I think the availability of grips work in his favor.

    Lo's entire Worlds '17 run plus his most recent match with Buchecha were practically stalemates where he either squeaked by on questionable calls or lost by them, usually do to one athlete or another playing the mat boundaries.

    Literally Lo is so often stalemated that people accuse now frequently accuse him of "doing just enough" or outright stalling. Granted, those people are morons...
     
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  2. Uchi Mata Gold Belt

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    You don't think Lo could pass Rafa's DLR? This is a guy who passed a prime Michael Langhi in his weight class, and that was years ago (he's gotten better since then). Who has he ever faced that he hasn't passed their guard, other than Buchecha? Lucas Lepri a bunch of times, Otavio Sousa, Calasans, Keenan, Romulo, the man is amazing. Though he did fail to pass Meregali at Mundials this year, so maybe he is slowing down a bit. I don't know.
     
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  3. kenetics Black Belt

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    Where the video ?
     
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  4. dimmyfinster Orange Belt

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    On the old site, no longer publicly available.

    There's also a roll with Rafa and Demente (as well as Gui). I think Rafa gets the sweep in that roll, but you can really see the effect of weight classes in that roll. Gui over and over gets the omoplata position but is never able to finish either a sweep or sub- the size is just to much.

    In a Lo vs Rafa match, I don't think Rafa takes down Lo, and don't think Rafa scores. It might be a tie.


    There's also the transitive effect and Lo just runs through the AOJ DLR guards like they are nothing, toying with everybody in that video. Sure the competition guys at AOJ aren't Rafa but they are good and IMO Lo twas not going anywhere near 100%.
     
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  5. JagRoss Yellow Belt

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    He almost passed Meregali though—that knee slice was pretty deep.
    He lost that match because he tried to sweep Meregali at the edge of the mat, and they got reset standing.
    If he'd waited until they got reset in the middle...
     
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  6. mataleaos Green Belt

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    I actually thought Rafa shou;d've gotten that decision. But on the overall point I think no-gi is a slightly different animal. Especially when it comes to guard play. If you have a good guard in no-gi and your main goal is to not get passed I might argue that's the hardest thing to do in jiu-jitsu. Guys like Rafa or the Miyaos without the gi can basically play their shell/shield style RDLR and DLR and it's going to be impossible to pass them unless they over-commit on a sweep. There just aren't enough grips. I've long argued that the best top game against Joao Miyao without the gi was just to go for a rolling kimura or front headlock. And when Justin Rader went against him he did just that and came the closest to passing him Miyao that I've seen in no-gi. Rafa came close with stack passing but no one else has come close.
     
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  7. mataleaos Green Belt

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    Yes! I really wish this video were still online because it shows a lot from Rafa we haven't seen. We don't ever seen him in bad position because he never gets there. But he had a video of ADCC sparring for 2013 where he was starting in bottom mount, bottom half (flattened with head and arm control), and back control. I have never seen someone explode and relentlessly fight to get back to guard or top position.

    To be fair, Keenan also said there were some rolls between he and Rafa that would never be posted. I think Lo would beat Rafa in the gi, but I don't think it would be a blowout. Without the gi I could see it being more like the Rodolfo vs Rafa match. There's not a ton of Lo nogi footage I;ve seen, but I did seem him sweep and pass Calasans with a knee slice.
     
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    Lo also doesn't do a ton of grip fighting right? isn't he content with just either slicing through or trying to go around anyways? The Mendes brothers seem to be pretty diligent grip breakers. Rafa is passing with a style now where he ideally doesn't even let the person grip him. I've seen Gui pass through some solid grips before, but they both like the break them more than Lo does? Or is this wrong?
     
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    Lo grip fights, but he's also willing to let you have a grip if he doesn't think it'll slow down his passing. His tendency is to kill your leg activity, get a cross collar grip, and start throwing himself into knee slices. He's the best in the world at neutralizing DLR IMO, which is part of the reason I think he'd do well against Rafa.
     
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    Stalling is not accurate, but "doing just enough" may literally be his strategy. Lo has mastered how to engage at a safe distance that ensures a slow match where he cannot be seriously threatened, and where one scoring move will win. It seems like one of his favored tactics is to lull/frustrate the opponent into slowing down then counter striking with a lightning fast TD attempt or pass. On the ground, he seems to have consolidated his attacks to high-percentage but low-ceiling sweeps (which he aggressively jumps on), and then wide passing that keeps him out of deep guard entanglements. Another favorite tactic when passing seems to be to bait the opponent to come up for a single leg then separating and pulling guard himself.
     
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    That video had Gu starting in half guard and seeing Rafa do a lockdown (!). NIck starting from side. Another guy from mount. Another guy (Elvis?) starting from back. ALl their current coaches except for the guy from mount. Those guys were purple belts I think back then. It was impressive but I don't know he could replicate it against Lo.


    Also, in that video Gui gets Rafa in armlock position as time runs out. So Rafa is not indestructible.
     
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  12. bjjaz Got the Rock...Time to Roll

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    My main point is that of course he isn't indestructible, I mean Rafa only tapped me like 7 times in 4 minutes, where he felt like he was drilling on me.....haha

    But my actual point was that no matter what happens, I can't see Rafa get steamrolled by anyone. He is an elite level grappler.
     
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    As someone who has watched an embarrassingly high number of Lo matches I'm fairly certain he has never passed Lepri's guard (or even came close), let alone passed it a "bunch of times." As far as I recall, their 3-4 matches always ended with Lo winning by an advantage or 2 points (sweep).
     
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    I heard the Mendes bros used to be kind of sneaky about taping rolls.
    (as a reaction to people asking why they aren't posting any new blackbelt sparring videos)
     
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    You can go look at the points scored in the matches on BJJ Heroes. Out of 8 matches, several of them have odd points on the board for Lo and there's only one score in BJJ that gives you an odd number.
     
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    That must be the secret Illuminati score.

    All I'm saying is look into it.
     
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    Don't ever go gull 10th Planet.
     
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    Lepri v. Lo -- Pans 2012: Lo wins 2-0
    Lepri v. Lo -- World Pro 2012: Lepri wins (points; unspecified)
    Lepri v. Lo -- Worlds 2012: Lo wins 2-0
    Lepri v. Lo -- IBJJF Pro League 2012: Lo wins 0-0 (by advantage)
    Lepri v. Lo -- World Pro 2013 -- Lo wins 0-0 (by advantage)
    Lepri v. Lo -- Worlds 2013 -- Lo wins (by advantage)
    Lepri v. Lo -- Copa Podio 2016 -- Lo wins 2-2 (by advantage)
    Lepri v. Lo -- Copa Podio 2016 -- Lo wins 2-0

    Source: https://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/lucas-lepri-wiki-bio

    Per BJJ Heroes, there are no odds points, nor any indication that Lo has passed Lepri's guard in competition.
     
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  19. randomg1t EVERYTIME CHAMPION

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    i think rafa is a jiu jitsu god, but buchecha tears his fucking limbs off if he goes all out.

    i like how he just straight up told them he's being nice about it, and it did the job immediately.

    keenan has also gone on record to state that during an atos training camp for ADCC, rafa was the only competitor to never once get tapped - and that's training with galvao, keenan, jt torres, davi ramos... in like 3 weeks of training twice or three times a day.
     
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  20. EGDM Blue Belt

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    I think you might have looked at the wrong data. From BJJ Heroes, Lepri has only been passed by Joao Gabriel Rocha in the Absolute of the 2017 Pans and by JT Torres in the 2010 Brasileiros. Felipe Pena took his back in 2014, but it was off a scramble and not a pass. As best I can tell, Lo has never passed Lepri's guard (he's come VERY close several times, though).

    Excluding those matches:
    - In no match with a recorded score did his opponent score three points or any number higher than 4, so no combination of points could include a pass.
    - He only has one submission loss (Davi Ramos at ADCC), during which he was not passed.
    - I looked up all the losses by unspecified "points" that I could find, and none of them included a pass (I could not easily find his losses to Diego Hertzog (2014) and Gilbert Burns (2009)).

    (Holy fuck, Lepri is even better than I thought he was!)

    Caveat: It's possible that he was passed in a match he later won by submission, since I didn't look all of them up. I don't think so, though.

    https://www.bjjheroes.com/bjj-fighters/lucas-lepri-wiki-bio
     
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