Professor Remco Pardoel made his MMA debut at UFC 2. Since then, he has become one of Europe’s most sought after BJJ instructors. He talks the early MMA days, Europe’s early BJJ scene and a major announcement regarding his relationship with Gracie Barra. Click “Read More” for show notes! 


  • His intro to martial arts
  • Why he chose Judo for his base style
  • Competition before the UFC
  • Being Dutch but not a Kickboxer
  • The early days of Jiu-Jitsu in Europe
  • Spending time with Professor Fernando Yamasaki
  • The BS that existed in martial arts before the UFC
  • Respect for any martial artists willing to test themselves
  • How the opportunity to fight in the UFC came
  • UFC 2
  • Referee intervention in the early UFC days compared to now
  • Fighting Royce Gracie
  • Competition mindset
  • Sport Jiu-Jitsu vs MMA/Fighting Jiu-Jitsu
  • Competing at the first IBJJF Worlds in Brazil in 1996
  • Don’t accept a ride from Renzo Gracie if you are in a hurry
  • Training in Brazil / Competing against Master Ricardo Liborio
  • Judo in Brazil
  • Teaching / Relationships he’s built
  • Affiliations he’s worked with and why he wants to fly under his own banner
  • Working with the Prince of Dubai
  • His exclusive announcement about leaving Gracie Barra