During the Worlds 2012 two legends of the sport retired from Worlds competition. Both were 2 times World Absolute Champions and both competed one last time this Worlds. The legends were Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz and Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros.
In 1998 Rodrigo "Comprido", a recently promoted Black belt burst into the BJJ scene by winning the Absolute Black Belt title while beating two of the "monsters"of those days, Ze Mario Sperry and Roberto "Roleta" Magalhaes. "Comprido" beat then defending Absolute Champion Sperry in the semi's and submitted defending Absolute runner-up "Roleta" in the finals with a lighting quick foot-lock.
"Comprido" repeated his feat in 2000 to become one of the few 2 times Absolute Champion. We interviewed "Comprido" to find out what was life like during his heydays and what lies ahead.
KP- You retired at the last Worlds, what was that like ?
RCM- It was a very difficult decision but it was time. Every year when the Worlds would near I would be trying to prepare better but each time it was getting harder and harder due to the physical condition of the current champions. I believe everything in life has its time, I competed a the highest level for a long time, I conquered titles and records and helped my team partners and I did what I could to help better the sport (read more)
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