Mariano submitted Reginaldo Vieira at Max Fight 10. | Photo:
SAO PAULO -- Rony
“Jason” Mariano, Team Nogueira's hot prospect, didn't need much
effort to capture Max
Fight's featherweight title on Thursday night, forcing local
Vieira to tap after a tight armlock from the triangle at 1:25
of the first round.
“Jason” moved his record to 9-3 -- all the wins via decision -- and
is undefeated since a TKO loss to Bellator veteran Genair da
Silva in 2009.
From the outset, Jason was aware of what he needed to do to return
home with the Max Fight belt. He started the fight pressuring
Vieira, who was pushed against the fence and got knocked down with
a precise overhand right. Jason started working his vicious
Brazilian jiu-jitsu guard game until he got Vieira trapped in a
triangle. He then moved to an armbar after his opponent tried to
slam him on the ground. The referee stopped the fight before Vieira
could tap due to the bizarre extension of his arm, which was almost
After the fight, Mariano affirmed that he hopes to get a shot at
UFC, a move that could happen at bantamweight. “There is no deal
yet,” he said. “But people from my side are trying to negotiate
with [the] UFC, and I hope next year I'll get a chance over
In the co-main event, respected national fighters Viscardi
Andrade and Marinho
Rocha put on a great show, with an exchange of positions both
in striking and in the ground game. Andrade, a black belt from the
Gracie Team in Sao Paulo, used his higher reach to keep Rocha
at bay and defeated him via split decision. Fernando Lopes and
Sergio Almeida scored the bout 29-28 for Andrade, while Francisco
Fonseca scored it 29-28 in favor of Rocha.
Earlier, Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist
Serginho Vieira and muay Thai expert Guilherme
Faria faced off in a contrast of styles. Vieir's strategy
prevailed, as he got the fight to the ground and submitted his
opponent with a guillotine at the 4:55 mark of the first round.
In other action, Matheus
Serafim defeated Levi Costa
by TKO with punches from the ground in the first round, while
Zaleski surpassed Jackson
Pontes in the opening frame with punches from the mount.
Also on the card, Antonio Magno tapped out Marcio Nunes at 2:14 of
the first round with a rear-naked choke, Rodrigo
Salvador Minitti with a toe hold, and Charles
Maicon knocked Kell
Santos out cold in only 17 seconds. Vagner
Santos tapped out to Fabio
Moraes after a tight keylock at 2:09 of the opening period.
Mylla Souza took a unanimous decision from Sandra
Maria, with all three judges scoring the fight 29-28.