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Jiu-jitsu on full display in Brazil

Originally Published: June 10, 2013
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

Twelve fights. Eight submissions. This was the order of things for the UFC in steamy Fortaleza, Brazil: knee bar, rear-naked choke, arm bar, triangle choke, arm-triangle choke, reverse triangle arm bar, arm-triangle choke and arm bar.

The point is if you're like me and enjoy the tension that comes while mixed martial arts bouts flirt with/finish submissions, Saturday's card was extremely fun.

For all the melodramatic hand-wringing over the death of jiu-jitsu in MMA, and a lack of joint locks and chokes at the highest level of fighting, an event featuring the sport's top two Brazilian-born heavyweight grapplers offered a welcome rejoinder.

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