Originally Posted by atj-lucko
I have to disagree Anoki proves the rubber guard works. Closed guard is the worst against a lay and pray wrestler. Like the Sherk/Florian fight if that was Anoki and minus the blood I think the rubber guard would have been way better.
Look at Nog, Maia, Alemdia, Penn, Werdum, etc... they all use closed guard and even Akoi uses the closed guard.
It doesn't favor the scoring but it doesn't mean it's not effective for subs and sweeps (and that is what we are talking about here).
If Florian tried to use the rubber guard on Sherk his guard would have been passed because it's just too easy to pass if your opponent knows what the hell he is doing.
I never said it doesn't work. I said it isn't as practical as the close guard. You can't sweep and are limited to a handfull of subs with the rubberguard.
But this totally besides the point because the question was raised that the Rubberguard has revolutioninzed BJJ and it hasn't.