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STORM Muay Thai Grand Prix:
Hard Hitting Drama in Curitiba!
By Eduardo Alonso
This past Saturday, April 12th, a packed house of around 2,000 spectators witnessed the best Muay Thai show ever held in Brazil, and more than that witnessed all the drama fighting sports can provide. Those lucky spectators could watch some of the best Muay Thai Brazil can offer in the always astonishing venue of Opera de Arame, located on the middle of a small forest in the city of Curitiba, under a well done production with big screens showing the fights, lighting effects, fighter entrances, brutal knockouts, courageous comebacks, bloody fighters and a glimpse of pure art inside the ring, courtesy of the one and only Anderson Silva.
In by far the most impressive display of technique, the cold Curitibian PRIDE veteran Anderson Silva needed little less than a round to prove his is way ahead his opposition in terms of technique and skills in what comes to stand up fighting.
Using amazing leg movement and more than precise strikes, the Chute Boxe stand out made a talented, and back then undefeated, fighter in Tadeu Sanmartino look like a fool in the ring. As simple as that, scoring three knockdowns at will, not wasting a single strike and displaying from high-kicks to punching-combos. There’s only one word to define Anderson’s technique: magnificent! On the other four single bouts presented at the card, one of the stand outs was IVC veteran Artur Mariano’s student Emerson Nunes, who simply overwhelmed Chute Boxe STORM veteran Fabio Pelezinho with punching and kicking combinations, despite the smaller reach, to putting him on the floor three times still in the 1st round. Chute Boxe Muay Thai stand out Marlon Matias once again showed good technique in his decision win over Paulo Carvalho, controlling most of the fight despite a lack of cardio on his part, while his teammate Fabio Tigrao proved to be very strong and with a sharp game to score a knockout victory over Alex.
The name of the show was STORM GP for a reason, and besides having 5 single bouts a field of four heavyweight Muay Thai fighters from some of the best Brazilian academies competed for the crown in the first ever STORM tournament. Chute Boxe K-1 veteran Julio Cesar "Jamanta" and Helio Deep lived a true battle to open the GP in which Helio knocked down "Jamanta" in the first round, while Julio on the other hand busted Helio’s nose badly, causing him to bleed all over the ring. The battle resulted in an overtime where "Jamanta" got the nod. Promoters weren’t very happy with the judges’ decision and a rematch between the two is already on the works. On the other leg of the GP Rodrigo "Minotauro", who was present at the event along with his brother Rogerio, sparring partner Edson "Drago" came in to represent the Brazilian Top Team. Facing a Chute Boxe fighter called Emerson Avila "Drago" found himself knocked down early in the bout but made an amazing comeback and won by knockout still in the first round! Neither "Jamanta" or Helio Deep could comeback for the final after all they suffered in their bout and amazingly the promoters found Edicarlos "Monstro" to fill in the empty spot against Edson, and the guy just came from the stands where he was watching the event to knock out "Drago" in a matter of 30 seconds! Adding even more to a night full of fighting drama, in the best hard hitting style! For more on STORM Grand Prix don’t miss the next issue of Full Contact Fighter, the undefeated fighting news source of the world.