Negao, Corletta, Telles Shine At Predador Fc 2
Negao, Corletta, Telles Shine at Predador FC 2
Report by Eduardo Alonso – Photos by Marcelo Alonso
SAO PAULO, Brazil. August 11 — The "Predator" was on the hunt again as Predador FC brought their act to a new level with their second event at the Ibirapuera Arena. With an interesting structure and production value, the presence of many MMA stars in the audience (with some even working as referees) like Wanderlei Silva, Murilo "Ninja" Rua, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Paulo Filho, Amaury Bitetti, Rogerio "Minotoro" Nogueira and Carlos Barreto, among others, demonstrated the importance of the show for the country’s fighting scene. Inside the ring, the action was engaging as well, with some important names of the game battling and the biggest teams in the country represented.
MMA wasn’t the only fighting discipline at the show: jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and submission wrestling also provided its share of action for the fans, with a women’s boxing match the most exciting appetizer. With a Brazilian title on the line, Duda Yankovich managed to finally find the right distance for a knockout blow in the fifth round despite Leticia Rojo’s early superior movement and counter attacks.
For the MMA portion, the show presented future athletes that can very well be appearing all over the world in international shows soon, such as Fabio "Negao," who managed to dominate his bout against experienced Gabriel "Gladiador" by imposing his solid wrestling skills, as well as a tight ground game and a lot of physical strength.
The same can be said by jiu-jitsu standouts Marcio Corletta and Eduardo Telles. Corletta showed good composure and worked his ground skills to secure a nice triangle choke that granted him the win against Silvio Santos; while the flamboyant Eduardo Telles had his share of struggles in the stand-up action, but proved why he is considered a wizard on the ground showing vast superiority over Rubens Macula with an armbar submission.
Another solid performance was made by Heat FC veteran Silmar Rodrigo, who struggled in the first round and was almost submitted by a foot lock, but managed to impose a good strategy and dominated the following two rounds to get a well deserved judges’ decision over Cezar "Profeta".
The only controversy of the night came with the match between Chute Boxe fighter Mauricio "Veio" Amado and Rafael Mantega. Veio came out aggressive and almost KO’d Mantega near the end of the round, making most believe his opponent wouldn’t answer the bell for the second. While Mantega continued with a very dangerous armbar attempt in the second round and scored on the ground, the Chute Boxe fighter was able to regroup in the second half of the third round and work his own takedowns and ground-and-pound, making most believe he would scored a judges’ decision. Instead, the nod went to hometown fighter Mantega, surprising many in the audience in what was surely a good fight. All in all, Predador FC also had its share of challenges — Jorge "Macaco" Patino propositioned Eduardo Pamplona for a rematch of their first fight in a future edition of Predador FC.
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