ADCC Picks Contest

The Abu Dhabi Combat Club worlds is Sep. 23 and 24 in Finland. Last year, we ran an ADCC picks contest with prizes: this year I want to experiment with a new format, one that will be a little simpler. At least at first, this is just for bragging rights, but if all goes well, we’ll go back to offering prizes next year.

RULES: You have 10 total points to pick a “team” of up to three athletes in each division. You cannot have more than three athletes in a division. You might choose to have fewer than three athletes, but the only firm rule is that you can’t spend more than 10 points. For an example of how this works, let’s take the Men’s Under 66 KG division:

Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles: 9
Marcio Andre: 7
Augusto Mendes: 4
Bruno Frazzato: 4
Justin Rader: 3
Paulo Miyao: 2
Any Fighter Not Listed: 1

You could take the favorite, Rubens Charles, and one other athlete from the field for one point. Or you could take Marcio Andre and Justin Rader. In each case you’d have two athletes. Or you could pick Augusto Mendes, Bruno Frazzato and Paulo Miyao for three guys on your “team.” Make sense? We have a catch-all “Any Fighter Not Listed” because there are often drops and adds.

You pick a team for each of the divisions below and post your team in the comments, or email it to cagesidewhup at Your picks have to be in and final by 6 p.m. eastern time on Sep. 22.

SCORING SYSTEM: Each gold medal scores three points, each silver medal two points, and each bronze medal one point. At the end of the event, we tally up whose team has the most points and give awards accordingly.

Excited yet? I know I am! Here are the point values for each division: choose wisely.

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ADCC: What the odds tell us

I have a confession: I really, really like gambling.

Not the type of gambling where the house inevitably wins over the long term. That act holds no thrill for me. It’s like watching a film that has a few thrills along the way that you know with certainty ends badly for everyone. You won’t see me playing slots or most table games.

But games where you can play against others, where the outcome is uncertain and hence more interesting, and you have a mathematical chance to make money along the way? Sign me up.

That’s one reason I’m glad more sports books are offering grappling bets. Because I can play games I like while watching the matches I want to see — and pass along my thoughts on where the smart money is. Plus, we can have another blog and podcast contest. Everybody wins!

ADCC is coming right up in Finland, and if you’re reading this blog, chances are you’ll be watching. Why not play along at home? Here are the odds offered at a particular online betting spot, where I’ll be placing my (imaginary, just for fun) wagers. Let’s talk about the current odds at (with the proviso that there are always drops due to injury and late replacements very close to the event). Come back tomorrow and we’ll get to the free contest, where you can play along without the taste of online degeneracy.  Continue reading

Other Jiujitsu Podcasts You Should Check Out

If you like our show, you are probably crazy about jiujitsu. I don’t blame you: jiujitsu is so great that I’m taking the time to write about it on a weekend where I’m about to get married and have way too much to do today.

Because you like jiujitsu, and presumably our show about it, you might be looking for other great shows about this art of ours. Thankfully, they’re out there! I know, I’ve listened to basically all of them. And these are my personal favorites, so if you’re looking for a new audio experience to throw in your podcatcher of choice.
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Countdown to 100 Shows: One Big Announcement

Our 100th show drops tomorrow! Be sure to come back to check that out, or — even better — subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss an episode.
We promised an announcement before the show dropped, and here it is: in 2017, for the first time we’re going to be giving end-of-year awards for jiujitsu in the Carolinas.
The Dirty White Belt Radio Awards — which I can only hope will be nicknamed “The Dirties” — will be announced at the end of this year. We’ll have open nominations for each of the award categories, which will include Coach of the Year, Competitor of the Year, and more, and a panel of our distinguished judges will decide the results. (EDIT: NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN NOW!) Current award categories are:

Coach of the Year

Competitors of the Year (Men and Women)

Submission of the Year

Match of the Year (Gi and Nogi)

A call for nominations will go out around November 1. Get some nominees in mind and stay tuned!


Countdown to 100 Shows: 2 Giveaways

One of the show’s primary goals is to help grow the scene, and that means re-investing — and that means sponsorship.

We’re going to re-evaluate the way we do sponsorships in 2018, and think out the whole process in a more formal way. For now, though, we’re going to sponsor the entry fees for two athletes to one upcoming US Grappling event.

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Countdown to 100 Shows: 3 Hosts Pick 3 Favorite Shows

As a five-day countdown to our hundredth show, we’re going to be posting two blog items a day until Friday, culminating in two big giveaways, one big announcement, and finally our 100th show. Stick around for the top two announcements for sure — I think you’ll be as excited as we are.


You already know our 10 most popular shows with the listeners, and eight of Jeff’s favorite moments from the show.

But what about the voices you hear on the show? We have three regular hosts, so we polled each of those three for their three personal favorite shows.


Mary Holmes: One of the area’s most well-respected brown belts (and a training partner of Lourdes’ for years) sat down with us for a fun and introspective conversation that is still a favorite.

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