There are many people of influence in the fight world who we don’t always see on TV, especially when it comes to the world of submission grappling. One such person is Rodrigo Artilheiro, who is an expert in every regard of the ground game. He has worked with fighters such as Gilbert “Durinho” Burns and Vinny Magalhaes, and he has also spent a large swath of time as Vitor Belfort’s wrestling coach. Artilheiro has also worked with Brian Stann, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Randy Couture, Lyoto Machida and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Artilheiro’s accolades include being a seven-time Brazilian National Wrestling champion, a competitor in the 2011 ADCC World Championships in Nottingham, U.K., and being a finalist in the 2013 IBJJF No-Gi World Championship. He was the wrestling coach for Team Belfort on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, and was a member of the coaching staff at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.

The MMA Corner’s Justin Fuller caught up with Artilheiro at the ADCC America Nationals Tournament in Concord, N.C., where he competed against Jeff Monson in a superfight match-up. Artilheiro won by judges’ scorecard, and he controlled the match from beginning to end against the heavyweight legend. He also stayed for the duration of the all-day event, taking the time to talk to fans and fighters and take photos, all with a big smile on his face and a new shiny belt around his waist.

Watch the video interview above to hear what Artilheiro had to say about his match with Monson, who he would like to fight in the future, his prospects for competing in MMA again and his training regimen.

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Justin Fuller
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Justin Fuller is a writer, broadcaster, and political analyst. With a background in sports talk radio, he now runs his own podcast, "The Fuller Fight Factor LIVE."