Bellator: Brazilian wants Jiu-Jitsu with elbows on debut

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Guilherme Santos e Carlos Índio em Connecticut. Foto:Arquivo pessoal

Professor Guilherme Santos and student Carlos Índio, the Bellator "newbie", in Connecticut / Photo: personal archive/

This Friday is a special one for one son of the Brazilian state of Ceará. Carlos Índio of Dragon Fight/Nova União team will be making his debut for the Bellator promotion at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The Guilherme Santos and Danilo Dragon student intends to use one of the main philosophies of Jiu-Jitsu against his opponent, Bryan Baker: the double attack, or good ol’ plan b.

Although it will be his promotional debut, Índia has already been around the block, having amassed 33 triumphs in 46 career fights, 22 coming by way of knockout, and three wins in a row heading into the fight. Now Baker was knocked out by Vitor Vianna at Bellator 54 and has won 16 of his 19 career fights. But the Brazilian isn’t interested in what happened in the past, just in hard training. “I practiced a lot of elbows, but if I don’t get to land them, my armbar and triangle are up to speed,” said Índio unabashedly.


Queried by as to his favorite way of pulling an arm straight, Índio didn’t keep mum. “The trick comes when you’re turning your hip, before catching the arm. The opponent’s elbow has to be trapped by your hip; that way he can’t get it out. Another tidbit is to sit on the shoulder, then all that’s left to do is stretch it out,” he revealed.

Índio’s fight is part of the Bellator welterweight GP, which also features Chris Lozano against Karl Amoussou, Brian Foster taking on David Rickels and Ben Saunders versus Raul Amaya.

Bellator 63
Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
March 30, 2012

Karl Amoussou vs Chris Lozano
Carlos Índio vs Bryan Baker
David Rickels vs Jordan Smith
Raul Amaya vs Ben Saunders
Parker Porter vs Randy Smith
Ryan Quinn vs Marc Stevens
Saul Almeida vs Matt Bessette
Andrey Koreshkov vs Taiwan Howard
Dan Cramer vs Jeff Nader
Marianna Kheyfets vs Munah Holland
Pete Rogers vs Brandon Fleming

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