Bellator Signs Explosive Capoeira Stylist Marcus ‘Lelo’ Aurelio

June 25, 2012
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Bellator LogoBellator Fighting Championships continues to expand its roster, on Monday announcing the signing of Marcus “Lelo” Aurelio to its welterweight division.

Aurelio (6-1) will make his promotional debut at Bellator 73 on Aug. 24, which also features a battle between Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Frere and challenger Pat Curran, as well as the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament final between Luis Nogueira and Marcos Galvao.

For those longtimers out there wondering, Lelo should not be confused with Marcus “Maximo” Aurelio, once one of the top lightweight fighters in the world.

“Marcus is an absolute explosive anomaly in our sport,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “If you have never seen him fight, you are missing something totally unique and special.  Marcus brings a completely unique style and confidence to the cage that I’ve never seen before.  It will be great to see how his explosive Capoeira translates in the Bellator cage.”

“I’m really excited to have signed with Bellator,” Aurelio said. “I’m happy that they see my potential. I know they have some of the best fighters in the world and I’m ready to prove my worth against top tier competition. This is a huge accomplishment for me and everyone who has helped me get to where I am.”

After beginning his professional career in 2005, Lelo has compiled an impressive 6-1 record, including five highlight-reel knockouts. Aurelio, who is a practitioner of the Brazilian martial art Capoeira, is well known for using his unpredictable and violent art to confuse and devastate opponents that choose to step in the cage with him.

“I feel that my style of fighting is very dynamic and explosive,” said Aurelio. “I certainly don’t enter the cage to win on points. It’s instinct for me; I’m always looking to finish my opponent. I think it’s exciting for the fans.”

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  • phrankthetank

    Isn’t pat curran the champ not the challenger?

    • adam1848

      good catch.

  • bdono554

    A guy with one win against guys with winning records? Will he shock the WORLD!?!?!? Doubt it.

  • adam1848

    Although I LOVE his Capoeira style, I’m not sure how he will do against wrestlers. Pretty hard to dance when you are mounted and eating elbows.

    • Have you ever seen this happen to one, I myself never have its best to wait and see than to make loaded comments. Only time will tell right.

  • RubeKegal

    CAPOEIRA LOLOLOLOL Why don’t you just say he has trained in open hand slapping.

  • Capoeira4life

    Marcus has a lot more experience with mma than what you (RubeKegal, adam1848, bdono554) think! Capoeira is very effective. Nov 2nd is near, can’t wait!!!!!