Vanderlei Silva to be a Father Again!
Korea Eager for NHB,
Submission Wrestling Coming Strong in Rio!
The Brazilian Beat:
The year is barely more than a week old and news is already popping up! "The Beat" is currently traveling around the country, but we somehow still manage to get you news and inform you from wherever we are, down on the beaches of Brazil or in the middle of the cities, we’ll always find a way to keep you informed on the latest from Brazil, so check out "The Beat" as the sun is hot in Brazil right now and the heat is truly on!
- PRIDE Middleweight champion Vanderlei Silva is going to be father again! "The Axe Murderer" had been keeping this a secret, but he and his wife are expecting the couple’s first child together sometime around July with the hopes that it will be a boy. Silva is already the father of a six-year-old daughter, from a previous relationship, and has wanted to have a son for a long time, to carry the Chute Boxe legacy and follow his footsteps. With Chute Boxe team coach Rudimar Fedrigo also expecting a son in April, this will be a busy year for the Chute Boxe parents. FCF wishes all the best for Vanderlei, his wife and their future son!
- Chute Boxe Jiu-Jitsu teacher and Royler Gracie black belt Cristiano Marcelo is going to make his SHOOTO debut this year! Cristiano has been constantly training hard in the Chute Boxe academy and keeping himself in shape to compete at 76kg, and expects to deliver a solid performance in Japan. Whether he will fight in the next SHOOTO show or in the one after is still uncertain, but in the meantime, he is sharpening his Muay Thai skills and is intent on performing better than he did in his win over Jadson at MECA 7. We will continue to follow his preparation.
As the Chute Boxe team is working hard to make 2003 a year full of fights and competitions, Chute Boxe K-1 veteran Nilson de Castro is already training hard for a fight at 2Hot2Handle in March. Nilson has been in top shape for a long time now and has been deserving of a shot at the major NHB events for quite a while. Despite the fact that his opponent is still unknown, de Castro is prepared to make an impact at the Dutch event.
- The Brazilian Top Team is also working hard to repeat their success achieved last year in 2003. Team members Hudson Rocha, Fabiano Scherner, and others will be competing in America soon. With the new year, the training sessions have been as tough as ever. Team founder Mario Sperry has been hard at work, training hard with the intent of competing in the fist PRIDE event of the 2003, and also taking care of the team’s preparation in a year full of events.
- Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira took his time to go to travel to Thailand after his PRIDE 24 bout against Dan Henderson. Minotauro went to the home of Muay Thai instead of coming back to Brazil, and took the chance to learn some Muay Thai techniques and traditions, while traveling on vacation with his wife. Now he will continue to rest a bit before getting back to his usual training routine. But knowing Minotauro as we do, the rest won’t last very long for sure.
- Korea is now preparing to have their first international NHB event ever! Representatives from Korea went to Curitiba and had a meeting with Chute Boxe master Rudimar Fedrigo to begin talks for a major NHB event in Korea near the end of the year, with the participation of International athletes, including Chute Boxe fighters. The Korean promoters have already held two small events in the country, and are going to have another smaller show in the following months, on the road to delivering a major event before 2003 comes to an end. FCF was present during the meetings, and will be giving more details soon about the project, such as which NHB teams and managers will be involved with the show. Stay tuned!
- The Ultimate Free Style Switzerland event, originally scheduled for January of 2003, was postponed and left Chute Boxe Assuerio Silva without a fight for the current month. Assuerio has been training hard for a considerable amount of time and is in great shape now. The Swiss promoters are planning to hold the vent in March of 2003, and in the meantime Assuerio is training with MECA 8 and Carlos Barreto in mind.
- The City of Campos, in Rio de Janeiro will have an interesting submission grappling event on February 7 and 8. The Second Submission Wrestling in Campos will have five weight classes, including the Absolute division and a Superfight between Carlos Barreto from the Brazilian Top Team and Alexandre Cacareco from the Ruas Vale Tudo team! Among the names competing in the event will be Ricardo De La Riva, Fredson Paixao, Vinicius Dacrulino, Leonardo Santos, Jamelao, Gustavo Ximu, Antoine Jaude and Cristiano Titi. With the Abu Dhabi Championships being held in Brazil this year, this event will be a "must-see" and FCF will be on hand cover all the action!