Sergio Moraes may have floundered on a season of TUF Brasil, but he’s been a steady employee of the UFC ever since. Whenever the UFC needs a grappling ace on a card in Brazil, he’s the man.
Well, he proved yet again that “man-ness” at UFC Fight Night 137 this past weekend, tapping out Ben Saunders (also a TUF vet). This was the first time Saunders had ever been submitted in the cage, and sure, part of that could be because Saunders is getting old. But probably the biggest reason for the tap out is that Moraes’ jiu-jitsu is simply vastly better than Saunders’. Though Saunders is a black belt, Moraes is a third-degree black belt, and you know how that goes.
Anyway, Moraes tapped out Saunders.
And then later on, the two men had an impromptu jiu-jitsu lesson.
Conor McGregor has a fight coming up against Khabib Nurmagomedov, and we’ve been assailed by all sorts of verbal venom as these dudes hype their fight.
But it’s good to have a reminder that trash-talk and ill will isn’t what the sport is all about.
It’s actually about fighters respecting each other, and sharing their knowledge. Because that’s what martial artists do.