Discussion in 'News' started by MattCMMA, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. MattCMMA

    MattCMMA Master

    Jiu-jitsu legend and former vale tudo fighter Rickson Gracie has created an event that promises to astonish the fans.

    ‘Mestre do Combate’ debuts on November 22nd in Rio de Janeiro and has a format designed to leave viewers with no doubts about who has won the fights. Among the innovations is a weigh-in rule that has fighters hitting the scales on the day of the show, to eliminate big weight cuts.

    In addition, the bell will not sound at the end of the round if it looks like a fighter is nearly about to be knocked out or submitted; the action will be allowed to run its course. Judges have also been eliminated - the winner will have to get the victory by KO/TKO or submission over two rounds, being the first of ten minutes duration and the second of five.

    The rule is designed to give preference to martial arts ability rather than athletic ability. If there is no submission or stoppage, three votes will decide the winner - one vote from Rickson, other from the referee and the third of the public.

    “We want to create a new paradigm and recover values from the fight that were lost over time. Today, MMA fighting means blood and money. We will honour the warrior spirit and the fighting art,” says Rickson.

    Mestre do Combate also offers individual and team competitions. Inside the ring, the fighters go one-on-one but each of them will be part of a team that will represent a Brazilian city. One coach and five athletes (at heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight and lightweight) form the teams.

    “Brazil generates wizards as in the ring the same as in soccer, and MMA is today the number two sport on pay-per-view. The proposal of Mestre do Combate is to provide a demand from fans and free TV. Besides that, we offer noble and exclusive events for the fans of all ages in night club for up to four thousand peopole”, says Carlos H. Moreira, president of the company that controls the event.

    The winning team will be the one that gets three victories from the five match-ups. The winner will go through to the next event and the bonuses are going to go up as the fighters win their matches. Along the 2012/2013 season, R$ 700 mil (approximately $350,000) will be distributed in purses. The nine-event calendar is already scheduled and Fighters Only will reveal them as soon as the organisation inform the local media.
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  3. Dave76

    Dave76 Deheuol Gwyn Dragon

    I forsee u-tube clips of this in my future:)
  4. Dpendleton

    Dpendleton Warrior Monk

    I am interested in checking this out. I hope it makes it too the U.S.
  5. SifuPhil

    SifuPhil Lucky Cat Is Lucky

    Interesting that each team will represent a city - I wonder if that's a conscious mirroring of soccer teams? It seems to create a stronger, more dedicated fan-base, but I also wonder if there will be inter-city riots in the future because of it ...
  6. Master Fahy

    Master Fahy Samurai

    They need to have a very good lawyer on standby! Wouldn't fly in the USA! Master Fahy
  7. Dave76

    Dave76 Deheuol Gwyn Dragon

    I had that same thought. It's what will make it, but also possibly break it in the end. International league? World Cup series?
    Crazy ass English fans rioting the streets when they loose......or win:D
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  8. Kevin

    Kevin Admin Staff Member

    Oh this looks amazing. I'm gonna be in Brasil within the next two months. Hopefully I will make it there in time for this...but I may still be in Argentina or Uraquay when this is launched.

    With regards to the team element, they actually tried this in the USA about 6 years ago with the International Fight League. Roy Nelson is well known for being the heavyweight champion of the league.
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