Vitor Belfort’s pupil, Gilbert “Durinho” Burns (4-0), is the newest contracted to fight at MSA 3, event to be held before the main card of MMA Champions League on March 25 at Teatro dos Grandes Atores, in Rio de Janeiro. Durinho, a Jiu-Jitsu world champion, faces Rodolpho Coronel.
The winner of this fight will fight for the organization’s lightweight belt, a title that will next be fought for between Ronys Torres and Julio Cesar Field.
Undefeated in MMA, Durinho was happy with the chance to perform in a major national event.
“I’ve been preparing for a long time, maintaining a good level of training,” he said. “The birth of my son delayed my plans to fight again a little, but now it’s all right. I am very happy with the opportunity to fight in such an important event in the national scene.”
One of the ground coaches for Belfort’s team on the first edition of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” the Durinho ensures that he has been improving his striking. A personal friend of Belfort, he had the opportunity to train with big names in the MMA world during his stay in the United States. Georges St-Pierre, Dominick Cruz and Rashad Evans are among the names that helped him hone his game.
“I know I’ll face a very tough opponent, left handed and very good striker,” he said. “Despite having my base in Jiu-Jitsu, I’m also improving my stand-up. I’ve had the chance to train with the best athletes in the world. I will definitely take this luggage to reach my goals in the sport.”
The MSA was created with the goal of revealing new talents to the national scene and put athletes of grappling and stand-up fighting face to face. The first two editions of the competition took place in August and November 2012, respectively. Holders of each belt earned the right to make an MMA fight in MSA # 3.
Check out the card of the event:
MMA Champions League #1
Teatro dos Grandes Atores, Rio de Janeiro
March 25, 2013
Ronys Torres (Nova União) x Julio Cesar Field (RFT) – up to 70 kg 1st belt dispute
André Chatuba (Team Nogueira) x Cassiano Tytschyo (Chute Boxe) – Up to 77 kg 1st belt dispute
Raoni Barcelos (RVT/Nova União) x Cyderlan “Porco Loco” (PRVT) – Up to 66 kg 1st belt dispute
Ismael Marmota (Nova União) x Marcelo Barreira (Barreira Team Santos/Bocão MMA) – Up to 84 kg 1st belt dispute
Joriedson Reis “Fein” (Machida Team) x Lincoln de Sá (Art Combat) – Up to 57 kg 1st belt dispute
Preliminary Card – Mixed Submission and Strike Arts (MSA) #3
Gilbert Durinho (Team Belfort) x Rodolpho Coronel (Império da Luta) – up to 70 kg
Celson Rolim (Brazilian Top Team) x Denison Silva (PRVT) – up to 57 kg
Sergio Bomba (Nova União) x to be defined – up to 61 kg
Geraldo Freitas (BTT) x Gustavo Prado (PRVT) – up to 66 kg
Ângelo Tilapa (Chute Boxe) x to be defined – up to 93kg
Felipe Nilo (Team Nogueira) x Elias Santos (RFT) – up to 70kg