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Monday, Aug 02, 2004

Brazilian Challenger Crowns Its Champion In A Night Of Surprises!

Brazilian Challenger crowns its champion in a night of surprises!
By Eduardo Alonso

This past Thursday, July 29th, the inaugural edition of Brazilian Challenger took place in the already used to MMA shows city of Natal, home of the two first editions of Heat FC. The two thousand fans that packed the Palacio dos Esportes Arena, weren’t disapointed by any means, as the good old eight men tournament format guaranteed excitment and drama, as a single night of fights created new local heros, disapointments and saw an underdog emerge as the winner in the most unexpected outcome!

As the battles started inside the show’s octagon, Heat FC veteran and local fighter Sergio Junior, who was billed as the favorite to win it all, started strong winning his first two matches in good fashion, making everybody believe he would come through as the champion as expected, hyping up even more his next Heat bout. However, on the other side of the brackets, Jiu Jitsu player Josenildo Loquinha, a veteran of Bitetti Combat 2, started to impress everybody as he first took care of another Heat FC veteran in Carlos Indio, and then proceeded to beat another local favorite in Junior Nolasco, from Nova Uniao. As surprises didn’t cease to happen in Brazilian Challenger, the final match up of the tournament couldn’t end without some more drama, and Josenildo Loquinha did like a true fighting movie underdog, and even though he is almost a pure grappler with no striking experience, managed to score a surprising KO over Sergio Junior, astonishing the local fans of Natal and brining home the troophy to his state of Paraiba! The show is going to be broadcast around August 15th to the Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Norte, Paraiba, Alagoas and Amazonas, for free trough NET cable provider, giving those still somewhat unknown fighters up in the northeast of Brazil a chance to show their heart and skills to a bigger audience. Here are the complete results:

Alternate Fights:

Anderson "Bad Boy" defeated Araceli Indio by TKO
Ari Macel defeated Cristiano "Cro Cop" by submission

Main Brackets:
Junior Nolasco defeated Rodrigo Jacome by rear naked choke
Josenildo Loquinha defeated Carlos Indio by forfeit
Iranildo "Gigante" defeated Rivanio Aranha by judges’ decision
Sergio Junior defeated Evilazio Puma by forfeit

Josenildo Loquinha defeated Junior Nolasco by armbar
Sergio Junior defeated Iranildo "Gigante" by KO

Josenildo Loquinha defeated Sergio Junior by KO

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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