by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
Tomorrow will mark the return of Jungle Fight, Brazil’s premier MMA event, as they present the fifth edition of their series, entitled Fight to Save the Jungle on November 26th from the Hotel Tropical in Manus, Brazil. The event will feature many returning veterans and will serve as a Brazil VS The World type challenge for those involved.
Jungle Fight Promoter Wallid Ismail had this to say about the event in a recent conversation with MMA Weekly, “Jungle Fight has become one of the biggest events in the world. It’s our goal to make it bigger and bigger so that we can have it in many countries. Everybody cannot believe how big it is getting, it’s great for the Amazon.”
Among the returning talent is Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons, a former Chute Boxe captain who has fought the lights of Pat Miletich, Chuck Liddell, Renato Sobral, and has one of the few wins ever against current UFC Middleweight Champion Matt Hughes. Also set to appear is fellow Brazilian standouts Leopoldo Montenegro and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, and Helio Dipp.
Being that the title of the event is Fight to Save the Jungle, the connection between the event and their ongoing mission to not only provide great action but to raise awareness for conservation of the Amazon Rain Forrest is clearly evident.
“I want to help bring interest in saving the Rain Forrest,” said Ismail. “I’ve helped this sport grow in Brazil, this is the biggest show in the land of Vale Tudo and we hope to help educate the people on all the bad things going on in the Amazon. It’s important for Brazil that we do not destroy the Amazon.”
Ismail continued, “People see the fighters are high-class athletes, so people have great respect for them. Most importantly everyone has world-wide experience and are recognized, it is not only important for them to get this exposure but also to bring attention to Jungle Fight and the Amazon.”
Wallid has been involved in MMA even before it became a recognized sport, having competed in the legendary Desafio: Jiu-Jitsu VS Luta Livre event in 1991, predating the UFC and Pancrase by two years. Ismail is happy to see how the sport continues to grow from its humble beginnings to where it is today.
“Everybody is talking about this sport. Sports Illustrated even wrote about the sport, everything is growing and getting better. It’s not just America, but all over the world everyone is crazy about MMA, it’s becoming a big sport. We are hoping to make that transition with Jungle Fight and send it all over the world, next year definitely,” concluded Wallid.
Jungle Fight V: Fight to Save the Jungle official card (subject to change)
Ivan Batman (Brazil) vs. Fabio Tigrao (Brazil)
Luciano Azevedo (Brazil) vs. José Aldo (Brazil)
Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos (Brazil) vs. Michael Materla (Poland)
Hélio Dipp (Brazil) vs. Mark Sursa (USA)
Alexandre Cacareco (Brazil) vs. Julio Cesar Jamanta (Brazil)
Fredson Paixao (Brazil) vs. Miljan Djurasinovic (Serbia)
Leopoldo Montenegro (Brazil) vs. Miodrag Petkovich (Serbia)
Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons (Brazil) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (Russia)