Is Pettis a Black Belt in BJJ?

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  1. Fosheez**

    Fosheez** Green Belt

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    If he isn't, shouldn't he be now since he submitted a bjj black belt in Melendez? Isn't that how the belt system works in BJJ, you submit a guy in a higher belt and you earn that belt?

    Also would be pretty crazy if Pettis submits RDA.
     
  2. heavyarms21

    heavyarms21 Ryozanpaku Belt

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    Nope believe he is working on it
     
  3. Jin Akutsu

    Jin Akutsu Gengar Belt Platinum Member

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    Just got his brown belt, now he has McGregor-level BJJ.
     
  4. estranged

    estranged Brown Belt

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    No he's a Red Belt
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  5. Handawg

    Handawg Brown Belt

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    As far as I know he's a purple belt, but the guy who said he was a brown could easily be right.
     
  6. sum dum ho

    sum dum ho White Belt

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    he submitted him in mma after he rocked him. that would be like saying jon jones should automatically be a black belt by submitting vitor AFTER beating him to a bloody pulp. if it were straight jiu jitsu match he would lose. He'll get there though. He also submitted bendo(a black belt) when he was a blue belt
     
  7. Jin Akutsu

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    I believe he was purple coming in and earned a brown belt for the sub. Saw a thread on it, on the forums.
     
  8. mjoln

    mjoln Blue Belt

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    maybe he will get honorary black belt (like Barnett, Sakuraba did), not yet but in few years
     
  9. FactsAndTruth

    FactsAndTruth Orange Belt

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    His MMA sub game is 4th degree... but I dunno about the pure Jitz credentials
     
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    chunglii No Me Duele Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    That's not how the bjj belt system works. It all depends on your instructor.

    Last I heard Pettis is a brown belt. A really god damn good one.
     
  12. fightdonttweet

    fightdonttweet Banned Banned

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    I don't believe so. Belt level doesn't translate to skill level. Pettis is incredibly sick on the ground. And this was on display before the Melendez fight. Melendez has the better wrestling but I'm not sure his bjj would be effective vs. Pettis.
     
  13. terribill

    terribill Green Belt

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    He's definitely an MMA BJJ BB.

    Hopefully he doesn't earn a legit black belt for his victory though, imo it would sort of diminish the value of a true BJJ blackbelt. While certainly great competition success accelerates the players journey to blackbelt, there is a lot more involved than just tapping higher belts. Mat time, the breadth of knowledge one should have, helping your team, being an all around ambassador to BJJ. I wouldn't think he devotes a whole lot of time to drilling sport BJJ in a gi... but at the rate he's going, if he isn't already he will be an honorary BB soon.
     
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    capnlarge Silver Belt

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    Kind of pointless to train in a gi, just to get a belt imo. Pettis spends too much time on the DL to waste training time on that. He is obviously as gonna on the ground as any black belt, doesn't need the rank to prove it. Josh Barnett and Matt Hughes are white belts.
     
  15. TRYHARD 2001

    TRYHARD 2001 Silver Belt

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    Keep in mind Rashad is an honorary black belt. Fucking never attempted a submission Rashad.
     
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    Basil** Banned Banned

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    I remember Mir got his black belt for subbing Sylvia. Not sure why though, not like it's some crazy accomplishment.
     
  17. prikoke

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    He also submitted Bendo.
     
  18. Human Bass

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    Barnett actually is a black belt and has competed as such.
     

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