Three-time Jiu-Jitsu world champion Celso Venicius (Ryan Gracie/Gordo) made his MMA debut on the right foot this past Sunday under the Face to Face banner, in the city of Macaé, Rio de Janeiro state.
Venícius used his gentle-art skills to good effect, taking Adriano Millioni down early on, then passing guard and and achieving mount, from where he rained blows down on his opponent till the referee ordered an end to the bout, all in the first round.
Now two-time UFC fighter Amilcar Alves had his hands full early on against Mario Soldado. In the second round, though, the Nova União rep went to his striking skills and came up spades, landing a bout-ending straight punch.
In the main event of the evening, Gerônimo Mondragon too started out on the wrong end of the action, but he kept his cool long enough to rally back for a TKO win over Wilian Gigante.
Face to Face
Macaé, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
December 18, 2011
Gerônimo Mondragon defeated Wilian Gigante via TKO in R1;
Amilcar Alves defeated Mario Soldado via KO in R2;
Leonardo Chocolate subbed Felipe Pachú via rear-naked choke R1;
Lincoln de Sá defeated Leandro Feijão via TKO in R2;
Julian Jabbá subbed Bruno Camargo via arm-and-neck choke in R3;
Celsinho Venicius defeated Adriano Millioni via TKO in R1;
Paulo Victor defeated Saulo de Souza via TKO in R1;
Paulo Rambinho defeated Tiago Manchinha via TKO in R1;
Matheus Mattos defeated Rafael Coruja via TKO in R2.