Eddie Bravo Invitational: The Rules, the Fighters, and What to Expect

The Eddie Bravo Invitational is coming up soon! This unique grappling tournament will feature some of the best fighters in the world. If you’re curious about who’s competing and what the rules are, then read on. In this article, we’ll take a look at the history of the EBI, as well as the fighters who will be competing. We’ll also give you a sneak peak at what to expect from this exciting event!

What is the Eddie Bravo Invitational and what are the rules?

The Eddie Bravo Invitational is an annual submission-only grappling tournament that was founded in 2014 by Eddie Bravo. The tournament features a unique ruleset that allows for a more Submission Only oriented style of grappling, as well as a quicker pace. Some of the notable changes to the standard rules include:

  • No points are awarded for takedowns or positional advantages.
  • The match can only be won by submission. If there is no submission, then the match goes to a sudden death overtime period where the first fighter to score a takedown wins.
  • There is a 20-second time limit for all submissions attempts.

Who is Eddie Bravo?

Eddie Bravo was born on May 15th, 1970 as Edgar A. Cano. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Jean Jacques Machado. When he was growing up, he wanted to have a career in the music industry. In 1991, he moved to Hollywood, California to form a band called “Blackened Kill Symphony”.

He decided to join a gym after his stint in the band, since he didn’t want to “appear like a slob,” and he began taking karate lessons.

Eddie’s life changed after he watched Royce Gracie in UFC 1. This is when he started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey under Jean Jacques Machado.

It was around the time that Eddie was a purple belt was when he started to develop the Rubber Guard, a well-known 10th Planet technique.

After winning the North American Trials in June 2003, Eddie Bravo would shoot to stardom, entering the 145lbs division of the ADCC as a brown belt after defeating Royler Gracie at the 2004 North American Championships. Here he would face three-time ADCC champion Royler Gracie and submit him with a triangle from his distinctive rubber guard. His name was already cemented in history even though he lost in the semifinals to Leó Vieria.

Eddie built his reputation promoting BJJ on the world’s largest competitive fighting circuit, and following its conclusion, he began developing 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu. This style of jiu-jitsu is also studied by comedian, UFC commentator and best buddy Joe Rogan, who helped to popularize it across the world.

Eddie Bravo Invitational Rules

Now that we know a bit more about the founder of the Eddie Bravo Invitational, let’s take a look at the rules of this unique tournament.

As we mentioned before, the EBI uses a modified ruleset that is Submission Only oriented. This means that there are no points awarded for takedowns or positional advantages. The only way to win is by submission. If there is no submission, then the match goes to a sudden death overtime period where the first fighter to score a takedown wins.

Another notable rule is the 20-second time limit for all submissions attempts. This encourages fighters to go for submissions rather than stalling out in bad positions. It also helps to keep the matches moving at a fast pace.

Eddie Bravo Invitational Overtime

The overtime rounds are what set the Eddie Bravo Invitational apart from other competitions. When it was first introduced, the overtime was a completely revolutionary way to determine a winner. In case of a draw, the match goes into overtime, and the first fighter to score a takedown wins.

A match that does not end in submission as a result of there being no winner and no points scored in EBI is referred to as going into overtime.

The EBI overtime rounds give both competitors a chance to attack and defend submissions. This is done in turns so that it is fair. There are two starting positions:

The Spiderweb: This position is your standard armbar position but the person on the bottom has their arms crossed over to defend against the attack.

Back Control: A basic position in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one opponent is held on the back of the other with a seatbelt grip and hooks.

The grappler who was seen as the aggressor during the match gets to choose their position and then attack first. If they can’t agree on a position, they will flip a coin. Once they have chosen a position, both competitors will start getting into offensive and defensive positions.

In an overtime round, the attacker tries to finish their opponent within 5 minutes. The defending grappler will try to escape.

The winner of the overtime is determined as follows:

  • A submits B, and B does not submit A, A wins
  • B escapes and then goes onto submit A, B Wins
  • Fastest escape wins
  • If neither escape nor submit, then it goes into another round of overtime until a winner is determined.

Eddie Bravo Invitational Results

EventWeightDateWinnerRunner Up
EBI 1Featherweight (145)Jun 1, 2014Geo MartinezJeff Glover
EBI 1Welterweight (170)Jun 1, 2014Garry TononRichie Martinez
EBI 2Bantamweight (135)Oct 10, 2014Geo Martinez (2)Fabio Passos
EBI 2Lightweight (155)Oct 10, 2014Denny ProkoposNathan Orchard
EBI 3Welterweight (170)Mar 22, 2015Garry Tonon (2)Josh Hinger
EBI 4Featherweight (145)Aug 15, 2015Eddie CummingsJoe Soto
EBI 5Lightweight (155)Dec 13, 2015Garry Tonon (3)Rafael Domingos
EBI 6AbsoluteApr 24, 2016Gordon RyanRustam Chsiev
EBI 7Featherweight (145)Jul 16, 2016Eddie Cummings (2)Bill Cooper
EBI 8Middleweight (185)Sep 11, 2016Gordon Ryan (2)Kyle Griffin
EBI 9Light Heavyweight (205)Nov 7, 2016Garry Tonon (4)Vinny Magalhaes
EBI 10Bantamweight (135)Dec 2, 2016Geo Martinez (3)Eddie Cummings
EBI 11Welterweight (170)Mar 5, 2017Gordon Ryan (3)Vagner Rocha
EBI 12Female Flyweight (125)Jul 30, 2017Erin BlanchfieldGabi McComb
EBI 13Lightweight (155)Oct 22, 2017Garry Tonon (5)Vagner Rocha
EBI 14AbsoluteDec 03, 2017Gordon Ryan (4)Craig Jones
EBI 15Featherweight (145)Feb 17, 2018Jon CalestineGeo Martinez
EBI 16Female Bantamweight (135)Jun 25, 2018Beatriz MesquitaMiri Niedrauer
EBI 18Female StrawweightDec 10, 2018Mayssa BastosPati Fontes
EBI 19Welterweight (170)Mar 14, 2022Alan SanchezOliver Taza

Eddie Bravo Invitational Combat Jiu-Jitsu Results

EventDateWinnerRunner Up
EBI 11 – Combat Jiu-JitsuMar 5, 2017Nick Honstein (135)Chad George (135)
EBI 12 – Combat Jiu JitsuJul 30, 2017Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (125)Celine Haga (125)
EBI 13 – Combat Jiu JitsuOct 22, 2017Richie Martinez (170)Thiago Moises (170)
EBI 15 – Combat Jiu-JitsuFeb 17, 2018Ben Eddy (135)Nick Honstein (135)
EBI 17 – Combat Jiu-JitsuSep 29, 2018Jon Blank (185)Matt Secor (185)
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