Attack the heel with one of the stars from Gleison Tibau’s event

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UFC fighter Gleison Tibau is now trying his hand at event promotion. UFC publicity photo.

Arena Fight, an event promoted by UFC star Gleison Tibau, will be at Fortaleza, Brazil’s Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium this coming 16th of August. “You can’t do MMA in the Brazilian northeast without going through Fortaleza. The capital of Ceará State is one of the domestic MMA superpowers,” said Tibau.

One of the fighters on the card is Carlos Índio (Dragon Fight/Nova União), who will square off with the American Ryan Thomas of American Top Team. “I have an experienced opponent ahead of me; but I’m ready. Everyone knows that I always show up for the fight, to put on a show for the crowd. They can expect plenty of action,” promised Índio.

Standing out on the rest of the card, Jamil Silveira will take on Carlão Sousa in a match-up that’s sure to provide excitement. “I train at the best team in Fortaleza; I’m 100% prepared. I’m a striker but my wrestling’s really good too; he won’t be able to take me down,” asserted Jamil, who demonstrated a position exclusively for readers.


With his opponent mounting him, Jamil doesn’t despair and launches an effective attack from bottom position. Pay attention to how he slips out his hip (just like the focus of the cover story in GRACIEMAG issue 185) and pounces at the leg, wrapping it up and getting the leverage for the heelhook.

With the fourth installment of the event set for September 6 in the town of Mossoró and the fifth for November 8 in Teresina, Arena Fight is already being seen as a watershed show in the Northeastern Brazilian MMA scene. “Part of our aim with Arena is to put on big fights with established fighters and provide the young talent opportunity,” added Tibau direct from Florida.

Arena Fight Fortaleza
Ginásio Paulo Sarasate, Fortaleza
August 16, 2012

Carlos Índio vs Ryan Thomas
Leandro Naja vs Eudes Cachorrão
Jamil Silveira vs Carlão Sousa
Ricardinho vs Genilson Silva
Alison Tenchiran vs Cleisson Trussu
Felipe Minitiuro Queiroz vs Leonardo Balinha Oliveira
Antonio Pedreira vs Regis Silva
Yuri Dantas vs Leandro Silva
Alan Gomes vs Yuri Rafael

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