Canadian standout Jared Revel (10-2) expects an all-out grappling war when he tangles with four-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Sergio Moraes (14-6-1) at Taura MMA 10 in Rio De Janeiro on October 23.
While many Brazilian fighters, like Moraes, started BJJ from a very early age and were basically born in a gi, Revel wasn’t.
He had to learn it the hard way.
“When I came into MMA, jiu-jitsu was my strong background, for sure,” Revel told MMA-Prospects. “When I started martial arts, I went to kickboxing and things of that nature because I enjoyed it more. That’s what I started with and then I went to an MMA class and some little guy arm-barred me, and I said, ‘What the… I can’t let something like that ever happen again,’ so I got hooked on jiu-jitsu from then on.”
He trains at Revolution Martial Arts & Fitness as well as at WKX (World Kickboxing XTRM) with the Jauncey brothers.
It’s because of that background and the years of training that make Revel comfortable going to the ground, should it go there.
“I’m definitely confident in my skills,” Revel said. “MMA changes the game. I’ve learned that many times. A punch changes the game in jiu-jitsu/grappling, regardless of what somebody says or not. With me being a jiu-jitsu guy, I know that. You might be comfortable on your back in a jiu-jitsu/grappling match, but it’s not the same when you are getting punched. I’m completely comfortable on the ground and that’s something I’ve focused a lot of my career on and being comfortable in all aspects.”
The Canadian hasn’t fought outside of his native Canada before, but is taking fighting in Brazil in stride.
He won’t hear the ominous ‘Uh Vai Morrer’ death chant, however, since there no fans in attendance at Taura MMA.
“When I took the fight, I didn’t really put it into perspective that I’m going into enemy territory,” Revel said. “Whatever. I’m confident regardless. It won’t be the same because there’s not any fans. It’s not going to be the same feeling of that nature. I like to compete, regardless of if I’m getting booed or cheered. I focus in and I don’t hear the boos or the cheers once the walkout music goes, I get in tune and focus.”
The six months since Revel’s last fight he has slowly gotten back to close to a normal training regiment.
At first, he said, he was only able to hit the bag and use weights. Slowly, he incorporated training partners and coaches and was has been able to train all three phases of the game: striking, wrestling and jiu-jitsu.
He’s prepared for what figures to be a huge fight against a relatively big name.
Revel has a chance to take advantage of both this opportunity and any that may come after this.
If he beats Moraes, a 14-fight UFC veteran, a call could come from either Bellator or the UFC.
“Each fight, when I’m on a winning streak, I think is important,” Revel said. “I don’t think it adds pressure. I’m excited to go to the next level, whatever that is. Each fight gives me that opportunity to prove that I’m capable of (getting to Bellator or UFC) that. I’m excited for the opportunity more than anything. I’m always close to my weight, I’m prepared that if something like that came up, I’m ready to go. I’m at that stage of my career that I want something of that nature.”
“I’m ready to go and ready to rock.”