Roger Gracie: 80% of BJJ is Useless in MMA

Roger Gracie
Roger Gracie

“80% of BJJ is useless in MMA” is a quote Eddie Bravo attributed to Roger Gracie in a 2012 Tapout Radio interview. In the interview, Bravo had this to say:

“Roger Gracie said it himself. He said, ‘Eighty percent of BJJ is useless in MMA.’ When someone is trying to punch you in MMA, you’re forced to play a clinching style of jiu jitsu. If you don’t understand the difference between a clinching style and an open style, this will sound like German to you. In MMA, when someone’s trying to punch you, you clinch to avoid getting smashed. I believe, in order to optimize your jiu jitsu in MMA, the more you can clinch, the more you can set up submissions from the clinch, the more you can set up sweeps from the clinch, and the more your game is about clinching the upper body, the better chance you’ll have in MMA. That’s my opinion.”

Roger Gracie MMA
Roger Gracie MMA

However, this isn’t Roger’s exact quote. During a 2011 interview with Yahoo Sports, the legendary grappler said:

“Punching changes the game completely. 70 to 80 percent of what I do in submission competition, I couldn’t do in an MMA fight. The moves will expose you to getting hit. So, you have to limit your moves to the ones you can do safely where you don’t get hit.”

Eddie Bravo
Eddie Bravo

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