MMA: Things heat up (even more) in Abu Dhabi

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At the press conference the news was Sokoudjou taking the place of Pé de Pano. Photo: Publicity.

If it weren’t enough that summer has come in one of the hottest regions on the globe, the maiden Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship (ADFC) event promises to make things even hotter than the scalding sands of the Arab Emirates. The new event is to be in tournament format, and the winners advance till the grand finale, over more than two stages.

Before the show, to be held next Friday, the 14th, the promoters held a press conference in the Emirates Palace Hotel. And there they announced news of Márcio Pé de Pano’s substitute, none other than Cameroonian star Rameau Thierry Sokodjou, a fighter who has appearances in the UFC and Pride FC on his CV.

With Pé de Pano’s exit from the open weight tournament, Brazil’s sole representative will be Marcos Oliveira, who has been training hard to put on a show for his students in Abu Dhabi.

Marcos and his French opponent

The black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling champion from Rio de Janeiro is training boxing for his first fight under Professor Cezário. And he’s already looking ahead to facing Sokodjou in the final, to put Brazil into the lead in score – the Cameroonian has two wins over Arona and Minotouro, and two losses to Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva.

Another promising matchup in the tournament will be the one between the USA’s Jeff Monson, a favorite to take the title, and Russias Shamil Abdurahimov.

In Abu Dhabi, all hopes are on a solid performance from local Hassan, a student of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teachers on Emirates Team.

Sokoudjou at the mic. He is 2 and 2 against the last four Brazilian stars he faced

Check out the card below:

ADFC
May 14, 2010

PRELIMINARIES
Abou Hamdan (Lebanon) vs Loic (France)
Hassan Al Rumaithi (Arab Emirates) vs Massimiliano (Italy)
Tam Khan (United Kingdon) vs  Evasio (Italy)
Maiki Reiter (Brazil) vs Mullah (Iran)
Omarov (Russia) vs Azran (Iran)
Ben Ali (Tunisia) vs Mirabella (Italy)

TORNEIO
Marcos Oliveira (Brazil) vs Johan Romming (France)
Przemyslaw Mysiala (Poland) vs Nell Wain (United Kingdom)
Rameau Sokoudjou (Cameroon) vs Dave Herman (USA)
Jeff Monson (USA) vs Shamil Abdurahimov (Russia)

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