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Eddie Bravo on why the UFC doesn’t score fights any more

I knew this already because Eddie already implied why he was cut from the UFC shows as a scoring judge during an interview with Jarry Park, but here it is in black and white for you:

Stephan: And what about your work with the UFC, we don’t see you anymore. Whats happening there?

Eddie: I still work for the UFC. You know what, they cut the scorecard, the judges were getting a lot of heat for terrible decisions-

Stephan: LOL

Eddie: -and it doesn’t help when they make a terrible decision and I give a good decision, and my decision seems to be an official decision. It makes them look bad. They didn’t like that.

Well what a surprise! The UFC got rid of Eddie’s scoring because it was making Athletic Commission judges look like retards. I can understand to a degree … you don’t want to piss off the commissions.

But on the other hand, having Bravo around as the UFC’s ‘judge’ deflected a lot of anger from the UFC to where it belongs. Considering the disillusionment bad judging creates, you’d think the UFC would rather ruffle a few feathers in the AC than have fans think they’re in on these scorecard screwjobs.

The rest of the interview with Eddie is pretty interesting … I have to admit that I’m a total newb to the rubber guard but I love it, and am anxiously awaiting a copy of his Mastering the Rubber Guard book under my Kwansaa tree this year. If it wasn’t for his terrible … terrible … utterly terrible music, I’d consider myself a fan of the guy.

  • kentyman
  • frickshun

    That’s pretty f’ing cool that he is directing replays behind the scenes & coaching Rogan & Goldy on the fly. They’re the wizard but he’s the man behind the curtain!

  • Lifer

    You should have come out to the seminar, son! Taken this weekend.

    I hung out with Eddie that night, imbibed some drugs in a local smoke house, and then he left to hook up with a stripper! Typical Eddie.

    The man is full of hilarious stories and goes off on a tangent about ridiculous shit like no one else. Also he channels the Machado brothers and does the ‘brazilian speaking english’ accent better than anyone I’ve ever heard. His Michael Clarke Duncan impersonation was so good too.

    The new book is great and the old one is also good. I’m drinking the 10th planet kool-aid wholeheartedly. You won’t be disappointed.

    Good times.

  • Lifer

    Oh that’s me on the left. I had that dumbass grin on my face the entire day.

  • kentyman

    What’s his urine taste like?

  • Hywel Teague

    rubber guard is OK but its a fad. and no good for people with fat legs, so that’s you out.

  • Lifer

    it takes a long time to master the system! eddie said that after 5 years of training people he only has like 5-6 top guys that he would call masters of the rubber guard.

    learning it from the man that invented it is obviously more eye-opening than reading the books. i know what you’re saying Wu Tang but you can’t ignore an entire grappling system that co-exists with traditional jiu jitsu because if you don’t know it you will be in some shitty situations against someone that is fluent with it.

  • Wu Tang

    Dele HeeRe Guard!! Thats it!!! I love that guard!!!

  • Hywel Teague

    that rubber guard is a system is complete bullshit. Jiu-jitsu is the system, rubber guard is a style within the system, just like spider guard or x-guard

  • Lifer

    I’m not here to mince words with you bro. I’m just repeating what the man told me. I think he can call it a system if he wants? Who the fuck are YOU to lay down the rules of the name game? Fuckin tool.

  • fightlinker

    Okay, i don’t see why we all have to get pissy with eachother about everything lately. Have some christmas fucking spirit already.

  • Hywel Teague

    Dude, Eddie can call it whatever he likes, and I can call him on it for being wrong. He may be your guru but he isn’t mine. He’s just a pretty funny guy who smokes too much weed and is hitting 40.

    I repeat, style is not system. Teaching style as system is short sighted and will never develop well-rounded jiu-jitsu players.

    Sacrificing fundamentals and coaching a method based on your own personal approach isn’t a system. It’s coaching your style.

  • Lifer

    I’ll let him know next time I see him how short-sighted and misinformed he is..?

  • Wu Tang

    Shit.. Dont let this turn into a sherdog now…. Its all politics when it comes to styles, gurus, ect ect. Your word vs my word vs my teachers word….. Personal peference… I gave my 2 cents on why the rubber guard isnt good, from my years of exp and being a guard player. SHERDOG FOR LIFE!!!! homos :P

  • parry

    tell him he has a cute beard, too.

  • RoB

    did anyone see Bravo with his guy epstein on the TapOut show.

  • JiuJitsu365

    “Mastering the Rubber Guard” is a good book. However, my favorite is “Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed.” I love the lockdown or either passing from the half-guard to take the back. It especially works on big guys who have a lot of calf muscle to clamp on to.

  • JiuJitsu365

    I saw his guy on the show. I believe it was Einstein though. He was so good on the ground that he forgot that he was in an MMA fight and not in a BJJ competition.

    He learned his lesson though…..