Welcome to the Brazilian BeatTM
At Full Contact Fighter we always try to keep you up to date with the most accurate, recent and relevant NHB news and I have always worked hard to find the latest scoops from the Brazilian NHB scene. FCF posts articles, news and interviews regarding the most important facts happening in the world of NHB — including the Brazilian scene of course — and will continue to do so. However, with the considerable growth of our sport, the NHB fans’ ever-increasing need for information and news and the undeniable importance and role the Brazilian fighters have been playing in the sport since its inception, we will be working even harder to bring you even the "lesser important" behind-the-scenes news that is sometimes neglected, but is in fact important and relevant for the fans of the sport who are always eager to be constantly updated on all the small things happening on the circuit. With this in mind we decided to open a new space focusing exclusively on the news, facts and information happening on the Brazilian NHB scene, or with the Brazilian fighters. With time this space will evolve both in format and content, but we’ll always maintain our policy of reporting news and facts instead of rumors. It is our hope that this space will be informative and enjoyable for the fans. So, from now on keep checking FCF news page not only for breaking news and interesting interviews, but to "feel" The Brazilian Beat as well!
- Former Brazilian Top Team member and PRIDE veteran Ricardo Arona just turned 24 years old this past Wednesday, July 17th. On Saturday, July 21st, Arona held a barbecue to celebrate his birthday where his friends Mario Sperry, Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira and his brother Rogerio, among others, were all on hand to congratulate him. On the subject of the BTT boys, it’s very probable that Ricardo Arona, Mario Sperry and Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira will be competing in the September PRIDE show, despite all the talk about stripping Mintoauro’s title because of his UFO appearance. Although is still too early to talk about opponents, DSE showed interest in having them on their September card and we’ll follow the developments.
- UFC legend Marco Ruas returned to the USA this past Wednesday, July 24th. Marco came to Brazil to prepare for an upcoming fight against Murakami Kazunari at UFO, however an unfortunate injury to his hand put the veteran on the shelf for three weeks, making it impossible for him to appear at UFO. Needless to say Ruas is very sad about the situation, as he brought his family with him to Brazil and spent lots of money in the process, counting on the purse from the impending fight. With his injury, the money will not be recovered and Marco Ruas told FCF he wanted very much to fight and doesn’t plan on retiring this way, so he will look for at least one more fight in his career. For his next fight he plans to bring some people like Pedro Rizzo to the USA to train with him, and save some money doing so.
- Speaking of UFO, after Marco’s injury the Ruas Vale Tudo camp suggested the use of one of their fighters to face Kazunari, offering Renato Babalu Sobral, Roberto Traven or any other fighter on the team as a replacement, however the UFO organization chose not to do so, and Wallid Ismail ended up getting the spot. FCF will try to check on Wallid’s preparation for the fight soon.
- Brazilian Top Team member Paulo Filho is still recovering from the knee injury suffered before his announced match-up at PRIDE 21 against Chute Boxe’s Anderson Silva. Filho ended up not being able to fight because of the injury and needed some time to recover before returning to training. Since he loves fighting so much, Paulo Filho was eager to get back to training and competing so he resumed his training a bit too early, therefore he felt the injury a bit again. Now he is taking his time to rest properly and recover. FCF wishes a speedy recovery to the Top Team fighter and will continue to follow his recovery.
- The "Axe Murderer" Vanderlei Silva is already intensifying his training for a likely fight at the PRIDE/SHOCKWAVE event in August. Vanderlei took some time to rest and take care of some personal issues after his fight against Mirko "Cro Cop" and was slowly getting back to rhythm in his training. However with the high chances of a match-up against another K-1 fighter in August, the PRIDE Middleweight champion increased the pace of his training right away and is already anxious to get back to the ring. According to his training partner Murilo "Ninja" Rua, Vanderlei is hitting harder than ever, and is already close to fighting shape once again.
- Speaking of Chute Boxe, Rudimar Fedrigo never stops working! "The Master" just got married to his long time fiancé in July and, after a short Honeymoon in Buenos Aires, he got back to work, taking care of another edition of the Storm Muay Thai event, the next MECA Vale Tudo event and the team’s preparation for the upcoming events. The promoter is also still putting things together for the next MECA event, and although the date isn’t certain yet again, due to television issues, fighters like Nilson de Castro and Pele are already training hard preparing to fight at MECA 7 and all the fighting community in Brazil is anxious for a definite date for the country’s biggest NHB event next edition.
- The next edition of the Storm Muay Thai event is already scheduled for August 24th, once again at the beautiful "Opera de Arame", one of Curitiba’s landmarks and the venue where the last Storm was held. The event will happen even with the conflict of dates with a possible Vanderlei Silva fight in Japan, and will feature the return of some Storm winners like Marlon Matias, who made an impressive showing at the last event, and MECA veteran Silvio Urutum. One of the event’s surprises will be the feature of a women’s Muay Thai fight on the card, once again giving incentive to all sides of fighting sports in days where fighting events are so rare in Brazil.
- UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante still has not signed a new contract with the UFC or any other organization. Murilo’s management had some offers from Japan, as well as an offer from the UFC, but so far no deal has been reached. Bustamante is training in Rio helping his teammates preparation for UFO as well as the team’s training for the upcoming BJJ Worlds.