The show opened with a video recalling the history of the Gracie family, and a series of electrifying fights pitting Team Rio de Janeiro against Team Sao Paulo began shortly thereafter. Gracie’s goal was for the fighters to try and finish at all costs – as a result, only one bout made it past the first round.
The event was contested under a unique set of rules devised by Gracie. All of the athletes weighed in on the day of the fight, and all reached their agreed-upon marks. Only one fight went the distance – the first round is 10 minutes, the second is five -- and the decision was rendered not by a panel of judges, but by Gracie, referee “Big” John McCarthy and the audience.
The first matchup of the challenge pitted Sao Paulo’s Glauke Eugenio e Silva against Rio’s Jefferson Nunes. It did not take long for Sao Paulo to get the evening’s first win, as Silva caught Nunes in a kimura and elicited a tapout 46 seconds into the fight.
Team Rio began its comeback in the third fight, as Gerson da Silva Conceicao locked horns with Sao Paulo’s Alexandre Nunes Brandao. The first round was characterized by plenty of ineffective striking, but a beautiful takedown by Conceicao may have given him the frame.
Brandao got the better of the standup in round two, but Conceicao would eventually impose his will through a takedown and top control.
The fight was decided by votes from Gracie, McCarthy and an online vote from the audience. It was Conceicao who emerged with a split decision triumph, as both Gracie and McCarthy sided with the Team Rio fighter. Only the fans felt that Brandao had done enough to win.
Vitor Miranda submitted Elton Rodrigues with a first-round arm-triangle choke in the evening’s main event. The Team Nogueira fighter played it safe on the feet in the early going before asserting his dominance on the mat. Rodrigues asked out of the contest 4:23 into the initial stanza.
At the end of the night, Gracie declared the initial Master of Combat event to be a success.
"I was very pleased with the outcome of the event. We are already planning a second edition in January. It will be the beginning of a grand prix between teams," he said.view original article >>
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