The Most Famous Armbar In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu History

Is there a single arm bar in high level BJJ competition that stands out in your memory above all others?

For many BJJ fans it was the armbar from the guard in the 2004 Mundials in Brazil, where all time greats Roger Gracie and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza met in the finals of the absolute division.

The interesting thing about the armbar was that Jacare didn’t tap to it, suffered a broken arm, and ultimately won the match!

More of the story is detailed in the documentary “Traditional: The Rise Of A Gracie Fighter”. The ending was very controversial as Jacare’s arm was clearly injured but the match was not stopped. Jacare, his injured arm limp at his side, avoided engaging with Gracie until time ran out, and he won on points.

The question arose: should an athlete be allowed to continue if they have been clearly injured?

What armbar in BJJ history do you feel is the most famous?


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