Former UFC fighter and BJJ World champion says, "When I went into MMA I lost my BJJ." This prompted a lively exchange about training and the philosophies around training and cross training. As an example Marcio states, "In MMA when someone has you in side control you push away, in BJJ you don't, you have more options." He has the perspective of a seasoned Brazilian black belt and knows the power of Jiu-Jitsu. He continued, "I believe you're not going to be good without the gi."
Márcio is a third degree black belt. He received his black belt in four years from Carlos Gracie Jr. When I countered with, "Carlinhos? Carlinhos doesn't do that!" Pe de Pano said, "That's what Carlos said when he gave me the belt."
He began training in 1996 when he was 18. In 1999 he ran the ladder going from blue to brown in one year.
He competed in the 1999 Pans in January as a blue belt and won his division and absolute. He competed in the 1999 Worlds in July as a purple and won his division. He competed in the 1999 Nationals in October as a brown belt and placed second.
He went on to win the 2000 Worlds in his division and & absolute as a brown belt. Later in 2000 he won Nationals in his division and absolute as a black belt. In 2002 he won gold at the Worlds in his division and absolute.