Grappler of the Month Contest! Nominate Now!

Let’s keep this simple: do you know a grappler/instructor that has gone the extra mile or blown away the competition lately? Are you annoyed that we seem largely ignored and forgotten about in the Upper Midwest? Do you think that the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin have more to offer than a generally polite sentiment?

Vote for Choking Minnesota’s Grappler of the Month!

Each month a winner will be selected by a panel of people not allowed to vote in the general election. The winner will be afforded all the same rights and priviledges that the winner of a general election gets.

I.E: I won’t make any death threats against you or your family. Even if you think you are better than me and totally deserve it.

Each winner will get a write up and spotlight on the site, and (if you all actually stay interested enough for a full year) will be entered into an end of the year contest for a grand prize! It will be something cool. Probably.

Winners will be selected the 1st of every month and the article posted the first week of the month.

The big thing is to actually get a little attention and recognition to grapplers that otherwise don’t get the praise that maybe they deserve.


1) Enter as many entries as you want to

2) You must include a full name, pic or video, gym/affiliation and a reason why you are nominating them (comp success, great instructor, a lot of heart/dedication)

3) Contest is open to ALL gyms and affiliations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota

4) Contest is open to kids, teens and adult men and women. All serious entries welcome!

5) MMA fighters might be considered, but you better be impressive as f*** on the ground.

6) All entries will be kept on file. If you nominate someone now, they might still win months down the line!

7) Honorable mentions will all be listed and included at the end of the year.

8) I’m sure I will come up with more rules, because you all are smart a**es and are generally pains to deal with.

Email you entries to now!

Metamoris Results!

Too excited for my usual long winded exposition so I will just have a brief list of accomplishments for each fighter, a quick overview of the match and the results.
Jeff Glover vs. Caio Terra (Gi match)
Glover is the 2007 Mundail No Gi champ, winner of 15 Absolute titles and defeated Terra at the World Expo earlier this year via points.
Terra is a 4 time No Gi World Champ 2008-2011 and 2008 World Black belt Champ.
Results: Terra via armbar at 13:30…very playful match, a lot of movement and smiles, but Terra proved that Glover’s defenses aren’t perfect trapping Glover in a possible triangle from cross side and transitioning into a beautiful armbar.

Kayron Gracie vs Rafael Lovato Jr
Gracie is the 2010 Pan Am Champ. His other major wins were as brown or purple belt.
Lovato is the 2007 World Champ and 2007 & 2008 Pan  AM Champ
Results: Lovato via kimura from north/south at 11:19…this one was pretty one sided for Sousa.

Otavio Sousa vs. Kron Gracie
Otavio the 2012 reigning Worlds Champ.
Kron’s only major win as a black belt is as the 2012 European Champ. All other major wins are prior to black belt or were silver medals.
Results: Gracie via armbar at 17:02. It almost looked like Sousa just ran out of gas, but Kron capitalized and put on a great show. A very big/important win for Gracie.
Dean Lister vs. Xande Ribeiro
Lister is the 2011 ADCC Champ, the 2005 ADCC Superfight champ and the 2003 ADCC Absolute Champ.
Ribeiro is a 5x World Champ, 4x Pan Champ and 2x ADCC Champ
Results: Draw…though Xande was gonna rip Lister’s arm off at one point, but the Boogey Man survived to haunt Elm Street another night…or some other weak movie analogy…I’m drunk…
Ryron Gracie vs. Andre Galvao
Ryron is the 2012 Gracie Worlds Champ as well as the 2003 Gracie’s International Champ.
Galvao has too many major wins to list, but he is the reigning ADCC Absolute Champ, 2x World Champ and 4x Pan Am Champ.
Results: Draw…did Galvao try to throw this one? Why only the one lapel choke attempt over and over again? Credit to Ryron for the defense and turning up the heat in the last two minutes. Andre seemed more interested in his dance at the end and complaining about the rules. Upsetting.

Roger Gracie vs. Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida
Roger is a 10x Worlds Champ as a black belt (14 times total). ADCC 2005 weight and Absolute Champ where he submitted all 8 of his opponents- a feat never before done or repeated.
Buchecha is considered the best in the world right now as the reigning 2012 black belt and Absolute Worlds Champ, the 2012 weight and Absolute Pan Ams Champ as well as in both 2010 and 2011 winning both his weight and Absolute divisions in the No Gi Worlds as a black belt.
Results: Draw…though Buchecha had a SICK sweep that had Roger in serious armbar danger with under a minute left. Awesome match!

Personal Thoughts: Annoying commentary (Renner said “interesting” about 7,000 times, conservatively), poorly timed and run, a near empty stadium due to obscene ticket prices…and some amazing competition…if you can get past the idea that some seemed more inclined just to survive to a draw… Right idea, but they have a LOT of work to do before putting on their next show.