Eddie Bravo is a curious case, a serious jiu-jitsu player who some think is a crackpot and some think is the truth. Best known for training UFC commentator/living expression of Reddit Joe Rogan, he's also done some impressive stuff in competition—his win over Royler Gracie at an event the Abu Dhabi Combat Club held in 2003 was one of the great sports upsets of the century—and has some interesting ideas about the way jiu-jitsu translates into the MMA environment.
Ahead of a rematch with Gracie this weekend at the Metamoris 3 event in Los Angeles, Bravo gave an interview to MMAFighting.com's Luke Thomas. Up to a certain point, it was really compelling—Thomas has a genuine knack for getting athletes and trainers to talk about the intricacies of their sport, and Bravo has things to say that are worth listening to about such subjects as why jiu-jitsu artists who train while wearing a gi often find themselves helpless against wrestlers. As he pointed out, even the Gracies, the founding family of jiu-jitsu, admit that lots of their techniques are useless in MMA. (The short version is that they're meant to be used on people who are wearing shirts, which MMA fighters don't do.)