Jair Lourenço, the leader of Natal, Brazil’s team Kimura, is confident his students will triumph at Shooto Brazil 26.
This Saturday at the Clube Hebraica club in Rio de Janeiro, flyweight Jussier Formiga (10w, 1l) and debuting light heavyweight Caio Alencar will defend their academy’s coat of arms against Maicon William and Wagner Câmara, respectively.
“Maicon is a tough guy and knows Jussier’s game but Jussier has evolved a lot since the first time they fought, mainly in his striking and wrestling. This was clear at his last performance, lat August at TPF 10 in the USA. That’s why our strategy will be to push the pace standing and on the ground, striking, getting takedowns and looking for chances to get the tapout or knockout,” Lourenço told GRACIEMAG.com.
Jair will be accompanying his fighters to the André Pederneiras-produced event, and believes his experience in the gi will work in the debuting Caio Alencar’s favor.
“Caio is already a Jiu-Jitsu champion as a black belt and has been keeping a strong pace in competition this year, having won the Norte-Nordeste absolute division, taken third in the under-92 kg division at the Abu Dhabi World Pro. I feel he’s physically well and has solid experience from competing, despite it being his first MMA fight. It will help him when it comes to controlling the adrenaline of his MMA debut,” he said in finishing.
Shooto Brazil 26
Clube Hebraica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
October 29, 2011
Jussier Formiga vs Maicon William
Julio César “Field” vs Tigrão
Aquiles vs José Maria
Gaúcho vs Armando Sapinho
Rodrigo vs Beto
Walber Tetê vs Kellis Santos
Caião Alencar vs Wagner Câmara
Fernando vs Hélio Abicassiz