A black belt in Jiu-Jitsu from the vaunted Nova União camp, Carlos Eduardo “Cachorrão”captured the Shooto Brazil light heavyweight belt this Friday in Rio de Janeiro. The Dragon Fight/Nova União rep took some damage from Marcos Pezão early on, at least where striking was concerned. When the Ceará State native was on the ground, though, he breezed through armbar and omoplata attempts, even tried a flying triangle.
But at the sound of the bell signaling the start to the second round, Cachorrão unfettered the beast within and launched a salvo of strikes, landing a cross to Pezão’s chin that wobbled the big man up against the ropes, then teeing off on his face until he crumbled to his knees and the referee brought the punishment to an end. “Two years ago I’d hit rock bottom, and now I’m Shooto champion. It’s wonderful,” said the Jiu-Jitsu black belt over the loudspeaker just after the fight.
To Carlos Eduardo Cachorrão the key to success in the ring is to not neglect training in the gi, as he reminded GRACIEMAG.com in this video interview in Portuguese:
In the other title bout, for the bantamweight belt, professional boxer Neilton Nenzão let his grappling skills shine through, putting away Mauricio Facção with a vise-like guillotine choke in round two. Another highlight of the night was the lightning-quick conclusion provided by black belt and wrestling ace Raoni Barcellos, who put away Gilmar da Silva with a rear-naked choke 1:16 minutes into their tilt.
Shooto Brazil 29
Clube Hebraica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
April 26, 2012
Carlos Eduardo “Cachorrão” defeated Marcos Rogério “Pezão” via KO in R1;
Zeilton “Nenzão” subbed Mauricio Facção via guillotine in R2;
Hernani Perpétuo subbed Edgar Segovia via Kimura lock in R1;
Rafael Vianna “Gaúcho” defeated Alessandro “Pitbull” de Jesus via TKO in R1;
Eduardo Betini subbed Rodolfo “Mutante” do Carmo via rear-naked choke in R1;
Raoni Barcellos subbed Gilmar da Silva via guillotine in R1;
Caio “Caião” Alencar subbed Felipe “Padeiro” Gutemberg via arm-triangle in R1.