When A 150lb BJJ Blackbelt Fights A 250lb Bodybuilder

This classic video is from 1994: the early days of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu when challenges were abundant.

Before we get into it, some background: bodybuilder Lance Batchelor became Mr Utah in 1992 and with that honour, he seemed to believe he had received special powers that made him a martial artist.

Batchelor began to bad mouth GJJ, in general, and Pedro Sauer, in particular, on local radio stations and in newspapers. He relentlessly called out Pedro for a no-holds-barred MMA fight until finally the Jiu-Jitsu master relented and accepted.

Batchelor weighed about 250lbs (113kg) at the time while Pedro tipped the scales at just 150lbs (68kg). The only rules in place for the fight were that there was to be no biting and no eye-gouging.

The dude was a tank

The bout began and Pedro got to work immediately, front-leg sidekicking Batchelor in the thigh. The hulking bodybuilder retaliated with a few attempted haymakers that fell just short of their mark.

Pedro began to engage in close quarters, punching Batchelor in the face, which caused him to take his smaller opponent to the canvas.

After a brief struggle, Batchelor thought that he had his opponent covered but he walked right into Pedro’s armbar.

The bodybuilder quickly tapped and Pedro showed him mercy but following the fight, Batchelor disputed the result, saying Sauer’s students ended it early and as a result, he should be awarded the victory.

The former Mr Utah went on to have one professional MMA bout in 1996 but lost it due to a corner stoppage after 11 minutes of action (he probably blamed his corner for stopping that one, too).

Batchelor, looking like a roided-up John Kreese from The Karate Kid

Pedro Sauer is an 8th degree BJJ coral belt and a former student of the legendary Rickson Gracie. He is revered as one of the pioneers of the art in the United States after moving there from Brazil in the early 90’s.

In 2005 Pedro was voted as the “Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor” in the world in an online poll.

Sauer at work


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