With the Current Pandemic and Lockdown measures the world is facing, Jiu Jitsu is currently off the table for most of us. However the IBJJF and Flograppling have been releasing matches from their extensive libraries for us to enjoy while being stuck at home ! We thought we would bring you our list of our favorite Espen match ups available on Youtube !
Espen Mathiesen vs Adriano Araujo - London Winter Open 2020
Espen competed this year at the IBJJF London Winter Open, where in the final he took on Adrian Araujo. After a dissapointing 2020 Europeans where he competed way above his natural weight class. He fought closer to homes at the London Winter Open winning the finals of the middleweight division by Bow and arrow choke in a signature performance.
Espen Mathiesen vs Yan Pica-Pau - Copa Podio Lightweight Grand Prix
*Copa Podio Youtube*
Part of Espens coming out was at brown belt where he won the Europeans and Pan American tournaments. He was also able to place 2nd at the mix brown and black belt copa Podio tournament. He faced Yan Pica Pau, where he was able to take a 4-2 win, finishing in strong position on the back ready to set up a choke after a great back and forth match up.
Espen Mathiesen vs Renato Canuto - Copa Podio Lightweight Grand Prix
*Copa Podio Youtube*
In the Copa Podio Grand Prix, Espen would also face the rising Black belt Renato Canuto. Canuto gained plaudits for his extremely aggresive fan friendly style. Against Mathiesen, he found a willing dance partner. In a close match up, Espen would win via points.
Espen Mathiesen vs Edwin Najmi - World Championship 2018
Espen made a massive impression at his Black belt Worlds debut, where he was able to defeat Michael Liera Jr and Celso Vinicius. In the Quarter Finals he faced Edwin Najmi, who had defeated Mathiesen at the Europeans earlier in the year, but Espen was able to get a narrow Refs decision victory at the World Pro. However this meeting would be very different. After a long feeling out period where Espen would play Guard, he would sweep and pass the guard of Najmi before transitioning to the back and submitting Najmi !
Espen Mathiesen vs Gareth Neale - Copenhagen Open 2017
Espen's Rookie black belt year started with a bang, winning the Copenhagen Open in impressive fashion, submitting british black belt Gareth Neale in 3 minutes with a tarikoplata submission.