Considered one of the best featherweights in the Brazilian domestic MMA scene, Johnny Eduardo overcame Paulo Guerreiro at Shooto Brazil 17 and snatched the promotional belt. A muay thai stalwart, Johnny was produced by late Grandmaster Luiz Alves, the renowned coach of such notable fighters as Rodrigo Minotauro and Rogério Minotouro.
“I dedicate this win to Master Luiz Alves,” he said while still in the ring.
The belt was a struggle to come by, the win coming by unanimous decision after three rounds.
I fought a really tough, really high-caliber athlete in Paulo Guerreiro. He gave me some trouble in the standup action, kept changing base all the time. That put be behind some. I managed to turn things around, though, got some takedowns and became champion,” said the fighter, who has no plans to take a break any time soon.
“I’m going to keep at it,” he says in closing.
(Collaborator: Rogério Gomes)