The illustrious Eddie Bravo Invitational returns on April 24th, but this time it is different. Instead of EBI 6 airing solely on pay-per-view, the promotion has also signed a streaming deal with UFC Fight Pass and is set to feature one of the greatest open weight submission-only tournaments ever.
In the weeks leading up to the event, Bloody Elbow will give you the low down on the backgrounds of each competitor. Let's delve into our fourth profile, where we look at a grappling veteran.
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luiz França > Oswaldo Fadda > Sebastião Ricardo > Wendell Alexander > Bruno Bastos
Team: Bruno Bastos Association
Bruno Bastos is a pioneer of professional grappling. Over his illustrious career, Bastos has faced an array of grappling legends and won some impressive accolades. When looking at the lineup for EBI 6, Bastos sticks out like a sore thumb. The 4th degree black belt,has been training since before many of the competitors were born.
While Bastos has experience on his side, it does feel like the Eddie Bravo Invitational could be his opportunity to finally shine through as a star. Bastos has always been great, but a win at a tournament as stacked as the Eddie Bravo Invitational would be career defining.
As far as technique goes, Bastos plays a mean half guard game. While Bastos' frenetic game is a joy to watch, he often leaves himself vulnerable when he explodes into sweep attempts, something that is best illustrated in his match against James Puopolo at the no-gi Worlds in 2013. Although Bastos' game can be risky, when it pays off it really pays off.
Throughout his career, Bastos has scored a number of highlight reel submissions and at times has looked simply unbeatable. For Bastos to be successful at EBI, the stars must align and he must put on one of the best performances of his career.
First round opponent: DJ Jackson
DJ Jackson is in his athletic prime and the same cannot be said about Bastos, but skills wise Bastos is a little bit more versatile than Jackson. In the submission only format I expect Jackson to take home the win in the opening round.
The Eddie Bravo Invitational 6 takes place at the Orpheum Theatre, in Los Angeles, CA on April 24 and will be available on pay-per-view on Dish and InDemand, as well as being live on UFC Fight Pass.