- VAN DAMME TAKES ON THE BEASTMAN

July 20, 2006
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by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
Up-and-coming Brazilian light heavyweight Jorge “Van Damme” Oliveira will face his biggest test on Saturday night, when he takes on Marvin “The Beastman” Eastman on the undercard of the WFA’s “King of the Streets” event.

Van Damme trains out of Chute Boxe USA and Beverley Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club, while Eastman trains out Lewis Vale Tudo in Las Vegas. Both fighters will be looking to make a splash on Saturday night and put themselves in the hearts and minds of the fans and the WFA brass with a win.

Jorge “Van Damme” Oliveira has a 2-1 record in MMA and is hoping to rise through the light heavyweight rankings. Van Damme scored his biggest win of his career when he submitted Mike Van Arsdale with a triangle choke at the “Pride and Fury” event in Idaho this past March. Van Damme dominated the fight, both on the ground and in the stand-up, as he never gave Van Arsdale a chance to get anything going. Van Damme hurt Van Arsdale with stand-up striking combinations and was able to sink in a triangle choke on the ground while Van Arsdale was still stunned from the strikes.

Van Damme’s only loss came at WEC 17, when he was knocked out by a slam from UFC veteran Justin Levens in the first round. Van Damme made a successful MMA debut at WEC 13, when he dominated a bloated up Shonie Carter en route to a decision win in his MMA debut. Van Damme has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and also has excellent striking skills.

Marvin Eastman has a 13-6 record in MMA and hopes to erase the memories of his two UFC losses by getting an impressive win on PPV at the WFA show. Eastman is coming off of a decision victory over Jason Guida at the last WEF show. He avenged a prior loss to Guida, who shocked everyone earlier this year by submitting Eastman earlier in the year with a guillotine choke.

Since his last UFC appearance in 2004, Eastman has gone 7-2 in MMA competition, with his only losses coming to Guida and to current UFC fighter Jason Lambert in a controversial split decision. His wins during this stretch include a decision win over highly touted Canadian fighter Jason MacDonald, a TKO win over Cage Rage veteran Anthony Rea, and a decision win over UFC and IFL veteran Travis Wiuff. In his two UFC fights, Eastman lost to Vitor Belfort and Travis Lutter, so he will be looking to redeem himself on national PPV this Saturday.

Van Damme has a distinct advantage on the ground over Eastman because of his BJJ black belt. Eastman is a good wrestler, but he needs to keep this fight in the stand-up position to give himself the best shot at winning. This could be an exciting stand-up fight, as both fighters will try to test the chin of the other fighter. If Van Damme is unable to get anything going on his feet, look for him to take this fight on the ground, where he should be able to outwork Eastman en route to a decision victory.

If he is able to continue to develop in his young MMA career, Jorge “Van Damme” Oliveira could be a force in the light heavyweight division in the coming years. With all of the striking and ground skills that Van Damme possesses, he has a huge amount of potential.

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