A history of RCJ Machado BJJ in Australia

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All of my BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) students in my Sydney gym SPMA Concord must know the following brief history. It is very important to know where you came from. Look at that photo from the BJJ competition and seminar on the 10th-11th September in Melbourne! Rigan Machado is in the middle and is a BJJ 8th Degree Coral Belt. On his left is John Will (5th degree), on his right is myself (4th … [Read more...]

A retirement gift from the UFC

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Yesterday I received this gift from the UFC! It was a great and fun ride to fight and win in the UFC. Thanks to Tom Wright, Peter Kloczko and everyone at the UFC and UFC Australia. I miss it already but now I will concentrate on teaching and helping my students fulfill their goals! … [Read more...]

I received my 4th degree BJJ Black Belt

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I received my 4th degree BJJ Black Belt from my coach Carlos Machado. Carlos presented it to me at the end of his BJJ seminar which he ran at my martial arts school on 17th April. It is a great honour to receive this rank and to also receive it from Carlos Machado. It was even more special receiving it in front of 50 of my students. I love BJJ and I am even more passionate about it now than when … [Read more...]

I am retiring from MMA fighting

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I'm retiring from fighting in MMA. I‘ve had a great career in MMA spanning 12 years, 25 fights, 15 wins & 5 wins in the UFC all by stoppage and 3 by Rear Naked Choke. I always went out for the win by stoppage and I am proud of what I have achieved in my career. I am 43 years old (young!) and I told myself I would retire if I either couldn’t keep up with the training, didn’t want it anymore … [Read more...]

2015…2016

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I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy and safe New Year. … [Read more...]

SPMA Annual Christmas party 2015

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Thank you to all the students, family and friends who attended the SPMA Christmas Party this year! About 100 people attended our party at Dee Why Beach. Everyone enjoyed the BBQ and kids were entertained with the playground. SPMA presented their 4 annual awards at the Christmas party. Congratulations to Adult competitor of the year Byron Cowell, Adult most improved of the year Olivia Ukmar, Kids … [Read more...]

Affiliate gradings December 2015

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A busy but great month. I attended and ran 9 BJJ gradings and seminars at 9 SPMA affiliate schools in 5 cities and 2 states. Big congrats to all the school owners and head instructors for their coaching as all their students smashed it. And big congrats to all the students who trained hard and graded. Here is a list of schools who graded: Mackay MMA, Advance Martial Arts, Dubbo BJJ, IMC Kemps … [Read more...]

SPMA gradings December 2015

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Congratulations to the 150 students at Concord and Moorebank who graded in Kids BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing. At Concord new BJJ black belts were awarded to Richard Arpad, Luke Martin and Daniel Keating and 2nd Degree Black Belt to Ben Power. At Moorebank Michael Acolentaba was awarded his BJJ Brown Belt and in Muay Thai Byron Cowell and Luke Standing were awarded their Black … [Read more...]

UFC 193 Melbourne results

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I didn't get the win today. I am physically OK but disappointed. A big thank you to Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn and everyone at JacksonWink MMA for coaching and supporting me. A big thank you to Shaun Sullivan and Steven Rudic for coaching me and being in my corner. Big thanks to Alicia Martinez and Beau Hightower from ELITE-OSM for keeping me together. And big thanks to my family and friends … [Read more...]

My next fight is at UFC 193 in Melbourne

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I am fighting Gian Villante on UFC 193 on 15th November at Etihad stadium in Melbourne. This is teh first UFC ev ent in Melboiurne and they arte going all out to break the UFC attendance record of 55,000. UFC 193 has a lot of the top Aussies fighting on it including Kyle Noke and Robert Whittaker and has a welterweight title match between champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Carlos Condit. Check … [Read more...]