Rivera and Vaca win in New Jersey and fight for title

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Alexandre "Vaca" Moreno. Slick Jiu-Jitsu and heavy hands for October title challenge. Photo: Publicity

Alexandre Vaca. Slick Jiu-Jitsu and heavy hands for October title bout. Photo: Publicity

This Friday in New Jersey, USA, Urban Conflict Championship promotion, an event that has featured such notable fighters as UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar in the past, held its UCC Strikedown 2 show.

One of the better bouts of the night featured Brazil’s Alexandre “Vaca” Moreno, who got the tapout over Carlos Brooks in the first round.

“We studied my opponent, knowing he was a tough guy with three MMA fights, an American kick boxing champion with more than 30 wins, and he comes from a traditional MMA school. He had the whole crowd on his side, but I was really well prepared and had my muay thai up to speed from training with our coach Kru Imerê Reis. I traded strikes some standing and waited for the right moment to take him down and use our Jiu-Jitsu to end the fight. At the end of the event, I even got the submission of the night prize!” says Alexandre, now with a record of 11 wins and 2 losses.

In the main event, Dante Rivera, a Ricardo “Cachorrão” Almeida student, also did well to finish Ryan Contaldi in the second round, leading the promoter to announce that he and Vaca would dispute the welterweight divisional title in October.

“It was a perfect night for Team Link,” remarks Marco Alvan, team leader. “Vaca got the submission and walked off without a scratch, and now returns to Ludlow with us to join Gabriel Napão and Fabinho “Jungle Boy” to help Ricardo Funch, who fights in Canada in June. After that, Vaca will take a week off for vacation and then we plan to help him train for his title bout in October.”

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