by Ivan Canello – MMAWeekly.com
When it comes to heavyweight fighters, we all think of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Fedor Emelianenko, and Randy Couture. But we have to know that they all started somewhere. This last weekend, we could see the biggest event in Brazil, Storm Samurai, look to start the careers of some potential future stars at the Storm Samurai Heavyweight GP.
Produced by Chute Boxe Masters Rudimar Fedrigo and Rafael Cordeiro, the event was placed in Curitiba, city of Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Shogun Rua and Anderson Silva. The event structure was, for the first time, in a cage with official UFC size and rules.
16 fighters faced each other to decide who would move on to fight in the next level of the competition, 15 Brazilian fighters and 1 wrestler from Argentina who decided not to fight in Pan American Wrestling Games in order to fight in Storm Samurai.
- Antonio Conceicao 216 lb (Jaragua JJ/X-Team) def. Ed Carlos Monstro 230 lb (Chute Boxe) by TKO (Broken Rib) R2
- Michael Falcao 212 lb (Parana VT) def.. Lucio Aguiar 229 lb (Bruno Carvalho Team) by KO R1
- Sidney Silva 215 lb (World Muay Thai Strong) def. Rafael Wasloy 253 lb(Thai Boxe) by submission (Guillotine Choke) R1
- Silvao Santos 233 lb (Macaco Gold Team/Chute Boxe) def. Edson Conterraneo 247 lb (Miguel Repanas) by Split Decision R3
- Fabiano “Pega Leve” Scherner 242 lb (Super Pro Sumui) def. Marcelo Barbosa 240 lb by KO R1
- Samuel Madimbu 375 lb (Taquara Jiu Jitsu) def. Jéferson Silva 252 lb by TKO R2
- Julio Cesar Jamanta 225 lb (Chute Boxe) def. Salvador Minutti 232 lb (Super Fight Team) by KO R1
- Angelo Araujo 230 lb (BTT) def. Walter “Terminator” Marzukipars 215 lb (Wrestling Argentina) by TKO
It was almost 2 hours of pure energy and emotion. The fighters put on an excellent show to almost five thousand people who entered the Ginasio do Círculo Militar in a very cold afternoon in Curitiba. The second round will take place in Curitiba, probably in October, where the fighters will face three fights in one night to discover who will be the Storm Samurai GP Champion.