Athlete, teacher and star in the United Arab Emirates, Brazil’s Marcos Oliveira is already training with Abu Dhabi’s first MMA tournament in mind. Set for May 14, the Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship will pay one million dirhams to the winner of the heavyweight GP, and Marcos is one of the favorites to win. “Cezario came over here to work on my boxing. My first fight will be against France’s Romming,” remarked the wrestler and Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
Also to appear in the Emirates, Sergei Kharitonov will face off with Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz, while Jeff Monson takes on Shamil Abdurahimov in the first of three stages. The promoters’ intention is to hold 12 events, and a middleweight GP is in the works.
ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE
May 14, 2010
GP – 1st Stage
Johan Romming vs Marcos Oliveira
Przemyslaw Mysiala vs Neil Wain
Sergei Kharitonov vs Marcio Cruz
Shamil Abdurahimov vs Jeff Monson
Hassan Al Rumaithi vs Massimiliano Pecchia
Abdallah Abou Hamdan vs Loic Marty
Tam Khan vs Evasio D’onofrio
Malik Omarov vs Arzan Quasid
Aymen Ben Ali vs Michele Mirabella
Miaco Reiter vs Frank Slater