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Friday, 03/28/2014, 08:31 pm

Metamoris 3 Breakdown: Maxwell vs. Roberts

Two different styles but a similar mindset.

Zak Maxwell (pictured) and Sean Roberts will meet in the second match of the night at Saturday’s Metamoris 3. Metamoris 3 goes down on Saturday in Los Angeles. The online live PPV stream starts at 4:00pm (Pacific time) exclusively at Metamoris.com.The event will feature six, 20-minute Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu matches with no judges, submission only.

Roberts is an exciting player to watch who is very submission oriented and will likely throw everything he has at Maxwell. Maxwell leans more on the basics and is outstanding from his guard and has an effective omoplata.

Maxwell is a Gracie Humaita black belt and world champion with wins over BJJ stars Kron Gracie and Marcelo Mafra.

Maxwell became a crackerjack player in American BJJ after winning the Mundial (World Championship) as a brown belt in 2009. He reached elite level by winning the 2011 Las Vegas World Pro Cup Trials only a few months after receiving his black belt where he defeated Mafra.

Maxwell was born on February 8, 1989 in Philadelphia. He started training BJJ under his father’s influence.

Steve Maxwell is a famed strength and conditioning guru who specializes in kettlebell training and is also a dedicated BJJ practitioner with a black belt under Relson Gracie. Steve pushed Zak into competition at an early age. One of Zak Maxell’s first competitions was in a tournament held by UFC referee and BJJ black belt Mario Yamasaki. By the time he earned his driver’s license, Maxwell already had a major tournament medal to his credit, the Pan American Gold medal in the blue belt division. He continued to impress from blue belt to brown winning several important tournaments at national and international level. He received his black belt in 2010.

Roberts is a Ralph Gracie black belt and earned a name for himself through competing in nearly 200 BJJ tournaments. He also sported a 12-1 gi record at the BJJ Kumite challenge, where he competed alongside some of the world’s best brown belts at the time, including Keenan Cornelius, who is also competing at Metamoris 3. Roberts is a very flexible guard player and favors calf slicers and triangles.

Roberts got hooked on BJJ by watching the Gracie online academy.  He started training in 2005 at Ralph Gracie Yorba Linda. In 2007, he moved to Ralph Gracie Orange County where he only trained for a year leaving to train at Ralph Gracie Chino Hills. Moving to Northern California, Sean trained at Ralph Gracie Dublin from 2009-2011, then at Ralph Gracie SF/Berkeley from 2011-2013. He now settles in the city of Chino Hills where he teaches at the Ralph Gracie academy.

Roberts has kept an eye on Maxwell throughout their competing days. These two young, burgeoning BJJ players should rest assure the future of the sport is in good hands.

Metamoris 3 takes places today at 4:00 PM PT.. Reserve your stream ticket here.

By Brett Auten | Twitter

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