The Jiu Jitsu Roots Of Anderson Silva And Nick Diaz

 

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Tonight one of the most exciting fights of the year is taking place at UFC 183: Silva vs Diaz.

 

Everyone is familiar with these two legends in regard to their MMA careers. Not everyone knows that both of these men are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts.

 

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(Anderson Silva and the Nogueira Brothers)

 

Anderson Silva is a 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

 

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(Nick Diaz)

 

Nick Diaz is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Cesar Gracie.

 

Their complete lineages are as follows:

 

Anderson Silva < Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira < Ricardo De la Riva < Carlson Gracie < Carlos Gracie < Mitsuyo Maeda

 

Nick Diaz < Cesar Gracie < Robson Gracie < Carlos Gracie Sr. < Mitsuyo Maeda

 

Hopefully this means that we will get to see some high level grappling action in tonight’s five-rounder. Thoughts?