Jungle Fight: Jiu-Jitsu wins new champion the belt

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Jungle Fight set up shop in Itu, São Paulo state, this Saturday, and a new champion of the promotion was crowned in the main event of the six-fight card.

Marcelo Guimarães gets the title-winning choke. Photo: Carlos Ozório.

Marcelo Guimarães is the new champion of the promotion, after dominating Lucas Rotta by using his Jiu-Jitsu to good effect during the first round. In the second, the fighter made it to mount on three occasions, tried for an armbar, swept, got back mount, where he sunk a snug rear-naked choke that put the stubborn Rotta to sleep. On a sidenote, the new middleweight champion of the event is a former drug addict who recuperated through the martial arts.

Another fight showcasing plenty of technique was the heavyweight clash between Kleber Orgulho and Edson Conterrâneo. The lighter of the two, Orgulho used his boxing skills well throughout the three rounds, relying mainly on his uppercut. Conterrâneo tried for takedowns and even managed to get some, but it was too little, as Kleber was awarded the unanimous decision. Next for the fighter from the Brazilian state of Bahia is the Jungle Fight light heavyweight GP.

Gil Freitas tirelessly lit up Marinho Conceição with strikes. In the second round, Marinho dropped to the ground and Gil followed him down and struck away until the ref stepped in. Now local fighter Douglas Bertazini, a Miguel Repanas student, brought the crowd to its feet in his fight against Joni “Little”. The first round was evenly matched, but Douglas dominated the second two rounds, landing on top in several instances and connecting with strikes. His efforts were rewarded with a unanimous decision win.

In the international matchup, Fernando Kioshi tried his best on the ground, sinking a triangle and making it to the mount, but Peru’s Diego Akita proved to be superior, getting the better of the standup action, which earned him the split decision. In the opener, João Paulo met fierce resistance at the outset but soon found his feet, landing a takedown, passing guard, mounting and getting back mount, where he submitted Marcelo Cruz with a rear-naked choke.

Check out the results and check back with GRACIEMAG.com later for photos:

Jungle Fight 31
Itu, São Paulo
August 20, 2011

Marcelo Guimarães submitted Lucas Rotta via rear-naked choke in R2;
Kleber Orgulho defeated Edson Conterrâneo via unanimous decision;
Gil de Freitas defeated Marinho de Conceição via TKO in R2;
Douglas Bertazini defeated Joni “Little” Eduardo via unanimous decision;
Diego Akita defeated Fernando Kioshi via split decision;
João Paulo Pereira submitted Marcelo Cruz gia rear-naked choke in R1.

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