Meca World Vale Tudo 6 Card Finalized!
MECA World Vale Tudo 6 Card Finalized!
By Eduardo Alonso
Today FCF was able to talk with Chute Boxe Team coach and MECA promoter Rudimar Fedrigo, and he was nice enough to release the complete card for the January 24th event. In its 6th edition, MECA World Vale Tudo promises to have the best event yet, with a 10-fight card, plenty of NHB big names, both inside and outside of the ring, and quite a few surprises. The event will be held in the city of Curitiba at the Circulo Militar gymnasium [the same venue that held MECA 5]. The night will feature two title fights, with the Middleweight and Heavyweight belts on the line; additionally there will be 7 undercard fights and a preliminary bout. Rudimar also said that MECA will have some rule changes, The rules will be the same as those for Pride: the first round will last 10 minutes, and the second and third rounds will be 5 minutes each; elbows are no longer allowed, but knees are legal in any position. "With this new rules, we want the fighter that fights in MECA to feel more prepared and comfortable when fighting abroad for Pride," said the man behind the Chute Boxe team. On January 23rd at 7:00 PM Brazilian time, the rules meeting and the official weigh-ins will be held, and on the following day the event is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM with the preliminary bout. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu icon Fabio Gurgel was invited to be the main referee for the event, but he couldn’t accept the invitation due to a seminar. However, Rudimar told FCF that they will be announcing the name of the main referee for the event soon, and they will likely use more than one referee for the event. Among the surprises planned for the event, Pride matchmaker Koichi Kawasaki is likely to be attending the event, as well as the Japanese Consul to Brazil. FCF will be covering all the details of the event that will surely be the best NHB event in a long time in Brazil! Here’s the complete card:
Marcelão (Chute Boxe/PR) vs. Paulão (Arena/PR)
Bicudo (Brazilian Top Team/PR) vs. Fábio Shon (Califa/GO)
Zinho (Miguel Repana/SP) vs. Daniel Acácio (Formiga/RJ)
Clemente (Royler Gracie/RJ) vs. Guilherme Lima (Rio de Janeiro)
Luis Azeredo (Gold Team/SP) vs. Cristiano Marcello (Royler Gracie/RJ)
Nilson de Castro (Chute Boxe/PR) vs. Alexandre Gomes (BVT/SP)
Jorge "Macaco" Patino (Gold Team/SP) vs. Gustavo Ximu (Ruas VT/RJ)
Anderson Silva (Chute Boxe/PR) vs. Jucão (Brazilian Top Team/RJ)
Middleweight Championship Bout:
Murilo "Ninja" Rua (Chute Boxe/PR) vs. Jorge "Navalhada"(Carlson Gracie/RJ)
Heavyweight Championship Bout:
Carlão Barreto (Rio de Janeiro) vs. Marcelo Souza (São Paulo)
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The season opener is a UFC 35 preview show that will include an exclusive feature on "The Prodigy" BJ Penn.
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UFC Vice President for a Day Checks in
By Loretta Hunt
Imagine you are sitting at home in front of the TV and you get a call from UFC president Dana White inviting you sit with him ringside to watch this Friday night’s UFC 35 live from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. In a strange turn of events today, that is exactly what happened to 32-year-old Greg Davis from Danbury, Connecticut. Last month, Zuffa sponsored an online contest in which one lucky individual would get to live the life of a UFC Vice President to make for the ultimate fan experience. Some of the perks that would come with the job: unlimited access to all pre-UFC events including weigh-ins, production meetings, press dinners, and any last-minute issues of the final days leading up to the event; a personal assistant at your beck and call; seating next to Dana White ringside and the responsibility of presenting the championship belts to the victors of the title bouts. Fans jumped at the chance for the "ultimate opportunity" but it was Justin McLean that was randomly chosen from a sea of entries. However, due to unknown circumstances today, he did not make his plane flight. Zuffa was left with a dilemma but quickly jumped into action, accumulating all of the entries that had come in within the tri-state Connecticut area. From there, Greg’s name was drawn and Dana made the call. Having just arrived at the fighter’s hotel Wednesday evening, I grabbed a few precious moments of the new VP’s precious time before he was whisked off to a private dinner with Light-Heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz and Dana. Here’s what he had to say.
FCF: Congratulations Greg.
FCF: What were you doing when you got the call?
FCF: How long have you been a fan of the UFC?
FCF: Have you seen any UFCs live?
FCF: Wow. You’re going to have quite a choice seat for your first time.
FCF: Do you train in any of the mixed martial arts?
FCF: What do you do when you’re not training, a.k.a. your job?
FCF: Do you have any idea what’s in store for you?
FCF: Any assignment you looking forward to in particular?
FCF: What is your favorite UFC?
FCF: Any favorite fighter you’d like to run into?
FCF: What fights are you looking forward to seeing on Friday?
FCF: Without having seen the inner workings of the UFC yet, just coming in cold for the first time, are there any recommendations you want to give to Zuffa to help them improve the UFC?
FCF: Great. Good luck in the next couple of days and if I run into you, I’m sure everybody will be interested in what you’ve been up to.
Vanderlei Silva to Walk Down the Aisle!
By Eduardo Alonso
After winning the Pride middleweight championship against Kazushi Sakuraba in November, and beating Alexander Otsuka in a non-title fight in December, the "Axe Murderer" Vanderlei Silva is set for the next challenge in his life… he is going to get married!
Next week, on the morning of January 17th, the Chute Boxe academy star will marry his fianc
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