Tanquinho Looks To Advance To 4-0 MMA This Friday




Multiple time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes Looks To Advance To 4-0 in MMA This Friday at Legacy Fighting Championship 38. Tanquinho faces off against Evan Martinez in what looks to be exciting 3 rounder. The fight will be shown live on AXS.tv.




So far Tanquinho has beaten all of his opponents by submission. At 31 years of age he still has plenty of time left to do great things in the sport of MMA.


Here is the rest of the fight card:


Fight Card (Subject to Change):
TV Card (AXS TV)
155 – Anthony Njokuani (15-9) vs Dave Burrow (12-5)
135 – Joseph Sandoval (7-4) vs Jason Sampson (11-1)
135 – Caio Machado (5-1) vs Steven Peterson (11-4)
135 – Augusto Mendes (3-0) vs Evan Martinez (4-0)
185 – Evan Thompson (5-1) vs Charles Byrd (6-3)
135 – Saul Elizondo (6-4) vs Eli Tamez (8-0)
170 – Andrew Parker (5-0) vs Bilal Williams (3-0)


135 – Mark Delarosa (2-0) vs Keeton Gorton (2-0)
135 – Tristan Grimsley (5-4) vs George Pacarariu (6-3)
135 – Levi Mowles (1-0) vs Ivan “J.P.” Cole (2-2)
170 Ammy – Cameron Couch (4-0) vs Kris Bickman (3-0)
135 Ammy – Jon Camero (4-1) vs Colton Wright (4-0)
135 Ammy – Federico Olivera (3-4) vs Jarrod Trotter (2-1)
125 Ammy – Anthony Torres (1-1) vs Chris Arreaga (1-1)
135 Ammy – Donis Francois (3-2) vs Dylan Ashburn (3-1)




Check out this insane BJJ match from 2013 where Tanquinho defeats Rafael Mendes!




(Tanquinho and BJJ world champion girlfriend Mackenzie Dern)


Where Sports Meet Humanity! Inspirational Video.




This is an incredibly inspirational video that truly represents all that is right with the world. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA are methods of self-defense, but they are also sports. The video below couldn’t be more accurate in terms of expressing these values that are intrinsically connected to true sportsmanship.



Ex-NFL Cheerleader Rachel Wray BJJ Blue Belt, MMA Fighter




If you want your shot, ladies, Rachel Wray is ready. Or pretty darn close, at least.


“Now that I’ve achieved the one goal I have been focusing so hard on for so long, I feel like I can finally turn my attention back to MMA,” Wray, the former NFL-cheerleader-turned-mixed-martial-arts fighter, tells FOXSports.


“I may compete in one more tournament in March, but I told my coach I’m ready to fight. He said he may have a fight readily available.”


That “goal” above is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, granted to Wray after she won gold Jan. 31 at the 2015 Arkansas Open tourney in Conway, Arkansas.


“This (was) literally the moment I (had) been waiting for the entire time I have been training for MMA,” says Wray, a Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader from 2010-11.


“I think the reason he decided to promote me at the tournament was because of one of the matches I won. One of the girls there who is a purple belt, a pro and an MMA fighter with a 5-1 record, her opponent was a no-show. So they asked me to fight her. I figured I would probably lose but I wanted to get the experience of rolling with such a high-level grappler. So I said, ‘Yes.’


“She dominated me from top position for the entire first four minutes of the match, but then she decided to expose her back for a split second, so I got up and jumped on her back like a little monkey and sank in a rear naked choke. As I squeezed with all my might, I started to get tears in my eyes because I couldn’t believe it was happening. I was going to not only beat this pro, but I was going to submit her.”


Wray says she has taken home at least 10 golds in BJJ tournaments over the past 18 months, having fought competition ranging from 130 through 180 pounds.




Now that the blue belt — the second adult rank (after white) in BJJ — is in hand, her focus now is dropping 10 to 15 pounds and “sharpening my boxing.”


The former Chiefs cheer squad member, who sports a 2-2 MMA record as an amateur, hasn’t fought since last July 12, when she fell by submission to Jamie “The Pretty Assassin” Clinton after 44 seconds at Attitude MMA Fights II in Lakeland, Tennessee. Wray says she took the date while still battling the effects of a recent concussion, and that Clinton’s choke hold caused her to black out — a sensation she described later as “the same feeling as dying.”


“Once I can lose lots of weight and my hands are back to where they were two years ago, I will definitely be ready to fight again,” Wray says. “I’m also praying I don’t reinjure my ankle or get any more concussions, because those are always major setbacks.”




White Belts Gone Wild! Flying Armbar, Cartwheel Pass!




White Belts Gone Wild


Here are two WBBJJ.com fan submitted videos that show a couple of white belts performing at a high level! In the first video there is a flying armbar finish and the second video features a ton of action, including a cartwheel pass, all compacted into a short highlight video. Great work guys!


If you would like us to share one of your matches let us know! You don’t have to be a black belt world champion to be the spotlight on our page!


The first match features Hosein Basirian and the second match features Ray Jones.




What I Learned As A Five Year BJJ White Belt




What I Learned As A Five Year BJJ White Belt
by BJJJ1


There were several times over the years when I thought about quitting. There were days when I was getting owned by everybody on the mat, but I somehow managed to push through and made it to blue. I wanted to share some things, for the white belts out there, that made all the difference for me:


• Submit your ego. Seriously. Keep in mind that you’re there to train, not to prove.


• Try to break yourself of the “Oh well, I can’t stop this pass/sub/reversal from happening. I’m just gonna sit here and take it“- attitude. Try anyway. Struggle. If the escape you try doesn’t work, then it doesn’t work, but remember that you’re not there to prove anything. You’re there to train, so TRY. Because trying will always improve your endurance, strength, sensitivity, and experience.


• Don’t train injured.


• Ask questions. Don’t be surprised if no one gives you any kind of guidance if you keep your mouth shut the whole time.


• Be supportive of both your juniors and seniors. Set an example. You don’t need a black belt to be everybody’s favorite person to train with.


• Roll. There are too many low ranks that bounce when the mat opens up after practice. High ranks stick around and work, and low ranks that are too self-conscious to grapple wonder why high ranks are so good. Go get your ass kicked. It’s practice with your team. Get tapped out. Pick your favorite submission and go hunting. And get tapped out some more in the process.


• Don’t make excuses. BJJ is the realest, no bullshit aspect of my life. When something goes wrong on the ground it’s because either I made a mistake or I didn’t know what was happening. Both of those situations are fixed with learning.


• Share your knowledge. If something works for you and you keep hitting it on training partners, teach them what you’re doing and show them how to defend your best game. Because if your training partners learn how to defend your best game, it will either force you to improve the technique or get you to master something new.


I saw this post on r/bjj and asked the OP if I could share this with our followers. He was happy to let us share. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Helps Marine Overcome PTSD




Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Helps Marine Overcome PTSD


Robert Consulmagno is 42 years old. His father committed suicide when he was very young and his stepfather beat both him and his mother.


Robert joined the Marines in 1991 to escape the abuse and find a purpose, but sadly, things got worse. He was always getting into fights and couldn’t get along with others. He was honorably discharged in 1996.


Next, he tried college; however, he was always fighting with professors and unable to maintain any healthy relationships, so he went looking for answers at a VA Hospital and learned he had PTSD. He also learned that he was bipolar.


Three years ago, Robert found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and it has done for him, what medication couldn’t.



Please like Robert’s Facebook Athlete Page to follow his BJJ journey!