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2nd Black Belt Challenge
Brings Jiu-Jitsu to the
Spotlight in Sao Paulo
By Eduardo Alonso
After the major success of the first Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu challenge, promoters had no choice but to put on a second edition of the event, that features top black belts competing in the sport of Jiu-Jitsu against one another in single matches under slightly different rules (like referee stand ups) that forces the fighters to stay active during the entire fight and for high money prizes for Jiu-Jitsu standards. This time they brought the show to Via Funchal, one of the biggest and most prestigious houses of spectacles in Sao Paulo, which uses to hold music concerts and other kind of shows. It was a risky step, since the venue holds up to 3,500 spectators and it would be tough to fill the entire place. In fact, there were empty seats, but still a good crowd of more than 1,500 showed up to watch the show, all paying for their tickets, and this can be called a success for a Jiu-Jitsu event, mostly considering the problems the promoters had to face. Problems such as some of the most famous BJJers involved in the show dropping out at the last minute. Names like Saulo Ribeiro, Fabio Leopoldo and Rodrigo Comprido were all supposed to compete in the show but ended up not being able to for a number of reasons, and late replacements were called at the last minute.