Rubber Guard Watch: Cote vs. Almeida

Renzo Gracie black belt and all around badass, Ricardo Almeida uses rubber guard! In round 1 it’s at 1:35 of the video. He also gets “Crackhead” control in round 2 at 8:46 of the video. Almeida is a highly decorated Gracie blackbelt, who obviously has seen the light. To avoid punishment and work and an effective offense off your back in MMA, Rubber Guard, is where it’s at. We also saw one of Almeida’s students, Dante Rivera, use rubber guard in his fight versus Matt Riddle a few weeks prior. I predict It will be the standard in the near future. Until then, work on your flexibility!

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