Brazilian Notebook: Fury FC Closing In

By Gleidson Venga Nov 23, 2007
The Fury FC 83-kg (183-pound) tournament finals on Dec. 6 have been attracting the attention of Brazilian fans. Although several are waiting for a finals match between Brazilian Top Team and Chute Boxe, involving Rousimar Palhares against Daniel Acacio (Pictures), Fabio Negao (Pictures) and Andre Mikito round out a tough field that has no clear favorite.

As the only Fury FC Grand Prix finalist living in São Paulo, where the event will be held, Fabio Negao (Pictures) is expecting strong support from the audience to motivate him.

"My fans are always there for me," Negao said. "For sure it makes the difference. The presence of people who are cheering for me can be decisive for me winning this belt."

In a pool on the official Web site of the organization, Negao was picked to face Rousimar Palhares, and Daniel Acácio will take his chances against André Mikito.

Negao knows he won't have an easy time.

"All the opponents are tough ones," he said. "Each one of them has their own personality in the ring. Palhares fights very close to the opponent, in the clinch. Acácio is strong in his striking, and Mikito is the most strategic. All of them are good, but I'm training hard and I'll face any one of them. I want to be the champion -- it's all I know."

Hoping to shine on the international scene, Negao believes the Fury FC title will open doors to bigger organizations all across the world.

"Fury is the biggest event we have in Brazil," he said. "It's a big show and the entrance to the international events. Especially now that it will be aired by ProElite, it shows that the Fury is a serious and professional event. I hope to be invited to other organizations after my performances."

Matches announced for the fifth Fury FC:

83-kg tournament
Fabio Negao (Pictures) (Lotus MMA) vs. Rousimar Palhares (Brazilian Top Team)
Daniel Acacio (Pictures) (Chute Boxe) vs. Andre Mikito (De La Riva)

Alternate bout
Leandro Batata (Nova União) vs. Jorge Michelan (Brasa)

Other matches
Carlos Galvao (Brasa) vs. Alexandre Brandao (Gibi Thai/Casquinha)
Rodrigo Ruiz (Brasa) vs. Otsuka Takafumi (Japan)

‘Minotoro' Back in 2008

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Pictures) signed a contract with Hardcore Championship Fighting to return to the ring in November, but his fight was postponed.

"I was training hard for this fight," said Nogueira, who won't fight again until 2008. "But now I'll keep training, and when they call me again, I'll be ready. I want to be back in the ring and please the crowd."

On Nov. 10 Nogueira took his Avalanche squad to the Mo Team League finals, where it was defeated by Murilo Bustamante (Pictures)'s Wildfire.

"Unfortunately that wasn't our day," Nogueira said. "But the athletes have my congratulations. They pushed themselves hard in the training and showed a lot of determination. For sure I'm sad by the result, but the other team had great fighters also."

BTT, Chute Boxe, Black House in Brazil's Capital

The Capital Fight card for Dec. 14 in Brasilia is starting to come together. Athletes from the main Brazilian MMA teams will be there, as evidenced by the three matches already announced:

Milton Vieira (Pictures) (BTT) vs. Jorge Brito (Black House)
Cristiano Bananada (BTT) vs. Kadu (FFT)
Marcio Gracinha (Chute Boxe) vs. Eliene Pit (FFT)

Roni Torres Wins Again

Nova União up-and-comer Roni Torres scored two more victories en route to conquering the Ecopride lightweight tournament on Nov. 10 in Manaus. The event also hosted an 83-kg tournament and single fights.

73-kg (160.6-pound) tournament
Roni Torres (Nova União) def. Robson Cisco (Bull Dog Team) verbal submission R2
Jorge Brito (Black House) def. Marcos Babuino (Macaco/Chute Boxe) armbar R2

Final: Roni Torres def. Jorge Brito decision

83-kg (182.6-pound) tournament
Junior Killer (Guerreiros Team) def. Sandrinho (Junior Cardoso) KO R2
Marcelo Zulu (Chute Boxe) def. Paulo Boiko (Black House) decision

Final: Junior Killer def. Marcelo Zulu TKO R2

Single fights
Dileno Lopes (NU) def. Marcelinho (Carioca Team) rear-naked choke R2
Fábio Força (Height Juarez) def. Tiaggo Baggio (Black House) KO R1
Sergio Jr (Hikari) def. Humberto Guiminha (Monteiro) guillotine choke R1
George Clay (Nova União) def. Elifrank (Black House) decision
Andrius Tigrão (Equipe Tigrão) def. Hugo Urubu (Bull Dog Team) rear-naked choke R1
Fernando Lageano (Chute Boxe) def. Leopoldo Montenegro (LM) decision
Jorjão Rodrigues (Kimura/Nova União) def. Reryson (Bulldog Team) guillotine choke R3

Maldonado, Dipp to Duel at Predador FC

Boxing specialists Fabio Maldonado (Pictures) and Helio Dipp will meet in the main event of Predador FC 7. A sparring partner of the Nogueira brothers, Maldonado has fought several professional boxing fights and has dedicated himself to MMA. He was also a part of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Pictures)'s Avalanche in the MTL.

Dipp has sharpened his striking in Curitiba at Chute Boxe.

Predador FC 7 will be held Dec. 8 in Itu. The promotion is becoming one of the most traditional events in Brazil.

Fabio Maldonado (Pictures) (Minotauro Team) vs. Helio Dipp (Chute Boxe)
Edson Conterraneo (Miguel Repanas) vs. "Baiano" (Macaco Gold Team)
Paulo Streckert (Macaco Gold Team) vs. TBA
Stevan Gutierrez (Herman Gutierrez) vs. Mauro (Tozi / Godoi)
Fernando Kioshi (Herman Gutierrez) vs. "Pica Pau" (Camps Team)
Charles (Herman Gutierrez) vs. TBA
Magno (Ichigeki) vs. Ramon (Tozi/Godoi)

Prime MMA's Premiere

Birthplace of the Nogueira brothers, Bahia will be the stage for the first edition of Prime MMA. The event will bring together several local fighters and new talent before what is expected to be a full house.

Renato Velame (Champion) vs. Rafael Sobral (Fight Club)
George Kleber (Gracie Barra) vs. "Van Damme" (Arte Local)
Jurandir "Sardinha" (Arte Local) vs. "Bolivia" (Gracie Barra)
"Minotaurinho" (Gracie Barra) vs. Arivaldo Lima (Fight Club)
Jairo Soares (Edson Carvalho) vs. Irailson Sinho (Jucão Team)
Renato Castro (Jucão Team) vs. Paulo Roberto (Manimal)
Marcos Araujo (Demolição- Gracie Barra) vs. Erick "Parrudo" (Zé Mario)
Cristiano Nuno (Demolição) vs. Bruno "Carioca" (Zé Mário)
"Leleco" (Gracie Barra) vs. "Lula Molusco" (Jucao Team)
Jadir (Gracie Barra) vs. Andre Velame (Jucao Team)

News and Notes

MTL promoter Monica Marchett has confirmed her intentions to organize another season for the team-based league in 2008. She also announced her wish to match fights in partnership with Predador FC. …

Edson Junior was the main name at Demolition Fight VI. The event summoned several top Brazilian strikers less than 70 kg (154 pounds), and the young fighter won all of his fights at the Nov. 10 show. After winning his first match, Junior knocked out favorite Marfio Canoletti and ran over Tadeu San Martino. …

After leaving the Gordo JJ team and spending some time training in the RFT, Luis Ramos "Beição" confirmed that he is now a member of Nova União. He is already training with his new teammates and will compete in the 77-kg (169-pound) weight class. …

Goiania Open Fighting 4 will take place Dec. 15. On the card will be a fight between two of the BJJ schools with the biggest rivalry in Brazil's Midwest: Fernando Boi/Nova União team against Athaíde Jr., with Ismael de Jesus "Marmota" (Boi/Nova União) against Denis Gomes (Athaide Jr.). The two athletes have had bad blood at many BJJ championships, and now they'll put the rivalry to the test. Also confirmed is a matchup between Flávio Costa (Fefél Jiu-jitsu) and Fernando Cesar (Boi/Nova União). There will be eight matches total: four MMA and four Muay Thai.
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