World Vale Tudo Championships III, 19 Jan 1997, Brazil
Before there was the UFC, Strikeforce, and WEC. Before there was even Pride. There was Vale Tudo. The World Vale Tudo Championships was the ultimate tournament for no rules free style MMA. Tournaments aimed to find the best fighter out of 14 in one night of pure action. Each fight scheduled for one round lasting 30 minutes.
World Vale Tudo Championships was also home to some UFC and Pride stars before those organizations came into place. In World Vale Tudo Championships III, we have notable MMA fighters Pedro Rizzo and Mark Kerr. This tournament also features Fabio Gurgel. Fabio Gurgel’s MMA career ended with his participation in the World Value Tudo Championships III. However it is worth pointing out that he is an incredible BJJ practitioner with multiple BJJ Championships. He is also the teacher of BJJ legend Marcelo Garcia and BJJ phenom plus UFC Welterweight standout Demian Maia.
WVC is also a particularly important piece of MMA history. Similar to the way the Gracie’s pictured Ultimate Fighting, WVC pitted fighters against each other with very little rules and no gloves. These fighters are masters of their style and are willing to put their skills and training on the line against the master of another style in order to become Champion. A prime example of this is the very first fight in WVC III. We see Zane Frazier against Sidney Goncalves Freitas aka Master Hulk. Zane Frazier is an American Kick Boxer where as Master Hulk is a master level Capoeira player. We at Cage Inspiration were particularly interested in watching a Capoeira fighter in an MMA ring as we hardly see this any more.
World Vale Tudo Championships III is full of great action and exciting fights. Even though every fight is schedule for 30 minutes, most of the fights don’t even reach the three minute mark. Every fight ends with a finish, there are no decisions and judges score cards in World Vale Tudo Championships.
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