"Master of Combat," a mixed martial arts promotion organized by
Gracie, will hold its first team-based event on Nov. 20 in Rio
The fighters will be divided into the Rio team, led by former UFC
champion and Brazilian Top Team leader Murilo
Bustamante, and the Sao Paulo team, led by Francisco Veras
former trainer of Anderson
Silva and head of Veras TK. Additionally, there will be a main
event clash between undefeated Alexandre
Pimentel and Pety Mafort. “Big” John McCarthy will be the
primary referee for the event.
Gracie's promotion will feature some innovative rules. Weigh-ins
take place the day of the event, and each match will have two
rounds -- the first frame is 10 minutes, while round two is five.
If a draw occurs at the end of two rounds, the winner will be
determined by votes from the referee, Gracie and the viewing
audience (one vote in total).
Another novelty is that the bell does not "save" a fighter. If the
fight is on the verge of the finish and the round expires, the
referee does not stop the action.
"We want to create a new paradigm in the fight and retrieve values
that have been lost over time. Today the fight means blood and
money. Let's value the spirit of victory and strategy," Gracie said
on the event's website.
Each “Master of Combat” card will feature a clash between two
teams. The squad that wins at least three of the five bouts
qualifies for the next event, and the award amount increases as the
fighters overcome their opponents.
The “Master of Combat” schedule encompasses nine events; the first
seven of them already have confirmed dates and venues.