A 250lb bodybuilder took his chance in a grappling challenge match against a 150lb BJJ purple belt.
However, upon seeing the video below, it’s pretty obvious which of the two dominated the match.
The now 21-year-old Matheus Gabriel Barros is the purple belt who trains out of the old school MMA legend Guy Mezger’s gym in Dallas, Texas. Even at only 150lbs, the young man managed to take down his massive opponent who’s almost twice his size.
You wouldn’t probably think that the kid would have a chance against someone much larger than him, but sometimes looks can be deceiving, especially in martial arts. This young man is only a purple belt, which can be less intimidating than a brown and black belt, yet, his skills were no match for the bodybuilder who has no training.
Even when the 250lb briefly had top position on the ground, he didn’t seem to know what to do and either got swept or submitted shortly thereafter.
BJJ Purple Belt Has Some Serious Skills
Throughout the grappling match, the 250lb bodybuilder was forced to tap out left and right as he couldn’t escape from the young man. This video proves that no matter how much time someone spends with weightlifting and building up strength could be useless if you fight someone well-trained in BJJ.
Apparently, the bigger opponent accepted his fate and admitted the young BJJ purple belt won the match.
He said, “Gabriel just kicked his a** for five minutes.”
Watch the video below and see for yourself how the BJJ purple belt took down his 250lb opponent:
The young man in this video showed no fear in facing the 250lb bodybuilder. With the help of jiu-jitsu, taking down his much larger opponent seemed easy for him. But if the big guy also had some BJJ skills, he would have put up a good fight against the 150lb boy and turned it into a straight-up wrestling match or perhaps even a striking sparring session.
From the Purple Belt to Black Belt
The video was posted in 2017 when Matheus Gabriel Barros was still a purple belt. But with his obvious skills and determination, this young man is now a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Keiser Girão and a representative of the Checkmat team.
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Barros is widely regarded as one of the top featherweight (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs) athletes of his generation. At brown belt, he conquered two IBJJF world titles (gi + no-gi). This young man also achieved a 33-1 record with a 70% submission ratio.