A black belt in Jiu-Jitsu under Roberto Gordo and the head instructor at Ryan Gracie academy in São Paulo, Celso Venícius has the second MMA fight of his career coming up.
The lightweight will be facing Emerson Peixoto of CheckMat academy on the coming 19th at Max Fight event to be held at the lavish Espaço das Américas venue in the Barra Funda neighborhood.
“I saw some videos of him dping Thai boxing and they told me he’s a black belt from CheckMat in Jundiaí, but I’m not familiar with him. I felt the urge to get in some hard training, and around four weeks of preparations is fine for me. More than that will wear me out,” said Celso, who will be putting in Thai boxing, boxing and Jiu-Jitsu training with his crew in São Paulo as he gets ready for the fight.
THE PROBLEM’S THE VISA, NOT THE INJURIES FROM MMA
The three-time Jiu-Jitsu world champion hasn’t discarded the idea of showing up in Long Beach for the World Championship coming up at the end of the month.
“Putting on the gi and heading over there is something I’ve been thinking about, if just because I’ll be in top shape and will have a couple of weeks to train in the gi. The problem is my US visa, which is about to expire. I’ll have to deal with the visa. If I can renew it, I’ll be at the Worlds for sure,” said Celso, without letting any potential post-fight injuries enter the equation.
“It’s that I’m hoping the injuries will be his, not mine,” said the wizard of the mats in amusement.
On his first MMA outing, last December, Celso overcame Adriano Millioni in the first round of their tilt in Macaé, Rio de Janeiro State, of which you can refresh your memory in the following video.
Max Fight 19
Espaço das Américas, SP
May 19, 2012
Viscardi Andrade vs Zezão Trator Machado
Tiago Alves vs Fernando Neguinho
Reginaldo Vieira vs Leandro Gigante
Maikon Souza vs Janio Carvalho
Emerson Peixoto vs Celso Venícius
Carlos Prates vs Rafael Índio Nunes
Paulo “Rambinho” Teixeira vs Gabriel Miglioli
Julio Cesar Merenda vs Vagner Curió
André Luiz Leal Lobato vs Leandro Batata
Aldo Sultão vs Wagner Caldeirão