Last Saturday in São Paulo, Wallid Ismail held the 43rd installment of his Jungle Fight event. In the cage set up in the Pelezão Gymnasium in the Lapa neighborhood, seven fights dazzled the audience, in particular the Middleweight GP fights, where now-former champ Kleber Orgulho ran into stormy seas in facing Itamar Rosa.
Itamar, until then an almost-famous fighter, proved all he needed was just a tiny opportunity to shine. He feel behind in the first round, recovered, and came back to knock Orgulho down and nearly seal the deal with a rear-naked choke. Once the fight was over, the judges called it a split decision win for Itamar. Check out the ace’s Jiu-Jitsu in the third and final round.
In the other GP bracket, Pedro Rosa pulled some slick Jiu-Jitsu of his own out of his hat. After going through a rough time with Edvaldo Gameth, Rosa found an opening and snagged his opponent’s leg. Now the two winners with the last name Rosa will face off in the under-84 kg GP semifinal, in a rematch of a 2011 encounter where Itamar won by knockout.
In the rest of the card, rising talent Ary Santos of Nova União needed just over a minute to knock out Robert Pato with a flying knee. Now Sylvio Behring’s American student Sean Cubby used a knee of his own to knock down Carlos Bazan before finishing up on the ground. Both bouts were part of the under-70 kg, lightweight GP.
Jungle Fight 43
São Paulo, Brazil
September 29, 2012
Itamar Rosa defeated Kleber Orgulho via split decision;
Pedro da Rosa tapped out Edvaldo Gameth via kneebar in R3;
Elias Silvério defeated Douglas Bertazini via TKO in R1;
Sean “Cubby” Peters defeated Carlos Bazat via TKO in R1;
Ary Santos defeated Robert “Pato” via TKO in R1;
Lucio Curado defeated Gabriel Moraes Moreira via unanimous decision;
Reginaldo Vieira tapped out Ronaldo Gauss via armbar in R1.