Major Sportwear Expo Gathersa Cast Of Mma Stars In Sao Paulo!
Major Sportwear Expo Gathers
a Cast of MMA Stars in Sao Paulo!
By Eduardo Alonso
The city of Sao Paulo, in Brazil, is holding a huge Sportwear fair, with several companies promoting their products. From Surf and Skatewear companies, to the biggest fightwear brand in Brazil, Bad Boy; every big company is there, and FCF stopped by to check what is going on at the fair. A number of big names in the fight game were at the fair, Vanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort and Fernando Margarida were all in attendance today!
The "Phenom" Vitor Belfort was signing autographs at the Bad Boy (his sponsor) stand, and he told FCF that he is still in negotiations with DSE, and still isn’t sure if he will fight or not at PRIDE 15 next month. On the other hand, Vanderlei Silva said that he is already training very hard to fight at the upcoming Pride event, but he is still training "in the dark", as he said, without knowing who his opponent will be. Despite the fact that he doesn’t know his opponent yet, Vanderlei told FCF that he is in great shape, and ready to fight anyone right now.
The presence of all those top MMA Athletes at the EXPO, in addition to a large number of other Brazilian celebrities, demonstrates that the sport of Mixed Martial Arts is growing in Brazil, and FCF hopes that our sport will finally also reach mainstream in several other countries.
From the event’s promoter:
Will not Compete in July 21st Super Brawl
Just recieved word that Draculino suffered serious ligament damage to his knee while training Muay Thai in Brazil and will not be able to fight Baret Yoshida on July 21st in Hawaii. We are extremely disappointed and are currently looking for a suitable opponent for Baret.
The Best of Brazil Versus The Best of Japan:
Fabiano Iha vs. Kaoru Uno
A Pre-Fight Interview with
by Chris Onzuka Chris@Onzuka.com
Zuffa is definitely going with a ground up approach to revitalizing the UFC. Start with a great card, get the word out and "they will come." One of the anticipated matches (not that I am not anxious to see every fight) is the "Master of the Arm-Bar" Fabiano Iha versus the artist formerly known as Kaoru/Caol "Uno Shoten" Uno. These are two elite grapplers who have added striking skills to their arsenals. If this fight goes to the ground, we will either see a quick submission or an incredible display of grappling skills. I had to catch up with Fabiano to get his thoughts on this up coming fight.
FCF: Let’s go back a bit and talk about you revenging your loss against LaVerne Clark. Tell us how this fight was different from the first?
FCF: As far as being better prepared, do you mean your conditioning or your skills?
FCF: Uno is one of the most technical Japanese fighters around. How do you see the two of you matching up?
FCF: Do you see this fight as being a short, quick fight or a long, drawn out war?
FCF: If it is by submission, do you plan on taking him out with your infamous arm-bar?
FCF: How do you feel at this lower weight?
FCF: How has training with Tito Ortiz, Couture and the rest of the gang helped you?
FCF: How far is the winner of this fight away from a shot at Pulver?
FCF: What do you say to critics that say you had more opportunities than many others in the UFC?
FCF: Good luck this Friday.