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Thursday, Jul 03, 2003

July 4, 2003

Happy Independence Day!

HEAT FC Coming to Make Some Noise, STORM Around the Corner, Belfort Everywhere and Silva Looking for Knockouts!

The Brazilian Beat:
      July is beginning, bringing a new promotion to add even more spice to the Brazilian NHB scene. Heat Fighting Championship is coming up with some interesting facts and a complex project, not to mention a solid card, looking to take back Brazil to its deserved status in our sport, and alongside with MECA contributing to spread MMA to all corners of this country. If a fan can’t ask for more than that to begin his month, July will also bring STORM Muay Thai with the already traditional BTT vs. Chute Boxe rivalry translated in the final match of the event, as well as developments for the next MECA edition, promising to add even more to the Curitiba vs. Rio de Janeiro drama. Also in this edition of TBB is the one and only Vitor Belfort, who is everywhere these days in Brazil, "The Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva, Renato Babalu Sobral, and some other stars along with yet another small show adding up to the heat in the middle of the Brazilian winter. Enjoy the weather no matter where you are, in Summer or Winter, as USA prepares to celebrate the 4th of July and Brazil works hard to bring more fighting for all of us, with Full Contact Fighter always delivering the beat in tropical style!

  • Still following the impact of his victory at UFC 43 against Marvin Eastman, Vitor Belfort is continuing to do TV appearances in Brazil, and recently was in one of the country’s most important Sunday TV shows, where once again he took the chance to speak about our sport and his fight. In the middle of talks about a possible match against Randy Couture, that ended up not being signed, Belfort was invited to play a big role in one of Brazil’s biggest soap operas, on the country’s most important channel, however "The Phenom" told FCF he declined the big role and decided to play only a special appearance during some of the soap opera’s chapters, cause his focus now is on fighting and nothing else. Vitor will play a fighter, with some sort of evil tendencies, in the drama.
  • Ruas Vale Tudo fighter Renato "Babalu" Sobral is continuing to train hard for his Extreme Force appearance in London, July 13th. Babalu is taking this fight so seriously that he qualified to represent Brazil in the PanAm games in Wrestling, this next August, but choose not to go in order to compete in NHB, showing the level of commitment he has with our sport. On the verge of departing to England this next July 6th, word is at Ruas Vale Tudo camp that Renato’s original opponent at Extreme Force, Khalid Arrab, injured himself and a new opponent may be announced at any minute.
  • In one of the most important Jiu-Jitsu matches of the past weeks Brazilian Gladiators 2 winner Gabriel Napao, out of Macaco Gold Team, finished MECA 8 winner Delson "Pe de Chumbo" with a choke. The fight was a true war with Gabriel only catching up the MECA 8 sensation with 27 minutes into the fight, at the 2nd Copa NaGuarda de Jiu-Jitsu [In the guard Jiu-Jitsu cup] This fight had no time limits, and no points since it was the cup’s superfight, with special rules. Napao took home a good prize money, and both fighters are expected to be performing at the next edition of MECA World Vale Tudo, against different opponents.
  • Speaking of MECA World Vale Tudo 9, plenty of work is being done for the show that promises to be the first ever MECA to take place outside of the Chute Boxe hometown of Curitiba. The show, likely to happen at the city of Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro, has a tentative date of August 1st, although talks say that the show may be moved to July 31st. As far as the card goes, besides fights like Assuerio Silva against BTT member Fabiano Scherner, and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua against Carlinhos Lima, it seems now that Francisco Bueno will no longer face American fighter Brandon Lee Hinkle. Gabriel Napao may take Bueno’s place against Hinkle, and fights such as Delson "Pe de Chumbo" versus Daniel Acacio, Roan Carneiro against Adriano Bad Boy and Bitetti Combat veteran Marcelo Alfaia facing Claudinho das Dores are all being mentioned as likely to appear on the show.
  • The next edition of STORM Muay Thai is ready to go in the beautiful city of Curitiba this next July 5th, and the card is finally confirmed with the highlight being the match-up between Chute Boxe PRIDE veteran Assuerio Silva and Brazilian Top Team striker Edson Drago. Here’s the card:
    -Monge (Chute Boxe) x Andr

    posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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