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Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros is in an elite group of BJJ'ers. "Comprido" one of the few two-times World Absolute Champion, the first time, as a newly graduated Black Belt Rodrigo defeated two of the monsters at the time, Ze Mario Sperry and Roberto "Roleta" Magalhaes. The next year, "Comprido" returned and successfully defended his title again fighting against the best young fighters such as "Nino" and "Margarida" to name a few.
Since then Rodrigo has won other titles and relocated to Chicago, Il. where he is currently the head BJJ instructor at FLOMMA Academy and one of UFC former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar's coaches. We caught up with "Comprido" as he was heading to Vegas to be a part of TUF with Brock and Junior dos Santos
KP- Congratulations on your win at the European. What made you want to compete in the adult division?
RCM - I am a 34 year old person with a 17 year old soul. I should have fought in the Juvenile (laughs). Just kidding, but the truth is I love challenges. I know I am not a kid anymore but I believe my technique is very solid and I wanted to test it against the best. Not to take anything away from the Masters which are tough but the adult there is a little more challenge. And I was lucky enough to submit my last 6 opponents in the adult. (read more)
Now go train Jiu-Jitsu,