Friday, Oct 05, 2001
Meca World Vale Tudo About To Take Off!
MECA World Vale Tudo About to Take Off!
By Eduardo Alonso
The biggest NHB event in Brazil nowadays, MECA World Vale Tudo, is going to take a major step next year, and hold events every single month, showcasing the best of the young fighting talent, not only from Brazil, but from around the world!
In a conversation with FCF, event promoter and Chute Boxe coach Rudimar Fedrigo explained the big plans for the event next year. According to Rudimar, Sportv (The cable channel that carries MECA and most Vale Tudo events in Brazil, and MECA’s biggest sponsor) made a change in direction, and decided to support NHB even further, and invest more money in it. With that decision, it was established that MECA will now have one event per month during the course of next year! That means 12 events in the year, and an even bigger production. And that’s not all… MECA will now have shows all over Brazil, not only in the city of Curitiba like in the previous editions of the event. Cities like Sao Paulo and Rio are scheduled to have MECA events, and Curitiba, of course, will host the first MECA of next year, tentatively scheduled for early January.
As if all this news wasn’t enough, MECA will now take another major step and add more international flavor to the event, featuring fighters from several countries during the course of the year, like the USA, Japan and Russia, facing the top young fighting talent from Brazil! The event will also look to have some big names in there, and Chute Boxe stars like Anderson Silva and Pele Landi are eager to fight at the event. This is great news not only for MECA but for the sport as a whole, especially in Brazil! This will certainly help the sport to reach mainstream in Brazil, and will provide a bigger number of young fighters, from all over the world, a chance to showcase their skills and give their careers a start! FCF wishes MECA the best of luck in its new phase, and we will be there for sure to cover the action from MECA all year long!
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WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT
THIS LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT?
On Saturday, November 10, at the Hammond Civic Center Arena, returning IHC lightweight champion, Henry Matamoros will take on last year’s Master of Submission award winner, Rolando Higuerros, in what promises to be the most intense fight of the evening!Everybody knows who Henry Matamoros is. He’s been fighting for years, first making his name as a Champion in the Hook-n-Shoot. He has a wealth of experience, fighting in events such as the WEF, the IVC, the Extreme Challenge, and many others. He has faced formidable opponents, including big names such as Karl Shmidt, Rafiel Cordeiro, Mario Roberto, Jeff Curran, Nick Starks, and John Renken. He is a 3-time Costa Rican freestyle wrestling champion and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion. In addition to all of this, he has great striking skills and a jaw of steel. These are the things that have made him the current lightweight champion. His opponent, Rolando Higuerros isn’t as well-known outside of the immediate Chicago area, but Matamoros had better not take him lightly! His father, a former national boxing champion from Ecuador, began training Rolando as a boxer while he was still in diapers, and he’s been growing as a fighter ever since! He has great hands, crafty footwork, and slick head movement that is not often seen in the MMA world. He was also a very successful wrestler in high school, and to top off his resume, Higuerros has nearly fifteen years of training in the martial arts. He has done kickboxing and submission at the All-American Academy for a number of years, and two years ago he won his division at the U.S. Olympic Pankration trials with a victory over Jeff Curran, a renowned Midwestern fighter who also happens to be a good friend and now teammate of Henry Matamoros! Matamoros and Higuerros are both equally skilled on their feet and on the ground, but their fighting styles are very different. Matamoros may have a slight advantage with his ring experience, but this is definitely the fight to watch. Chicago fight fans will make the drive for this fight alone! The Ironheart Crown will be held on November 10 in Hammond, Indiana. Doors open at 6:00 PM; Fights start at 7:00. The card will also feature fourteen other exciting matches. Tickets are on sale now, and a limited number of ringside seats are available. For more information, visit the event website at http://www.ironheartcrown.com, or call 773-793-6555 in the Chicago area or 219-844-8504 in Northwest Indiana.
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