by Ivan Canello – MMAWeekly.com
Despite the loss of several of its top stars in 2007 – most notably Wanderlei Silva, Murilo “Ninja” and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Andre “Dida” Amade – thus far, 2008 has brought good results for Chute Boxe. After the official announcement that the famed Brazilian fight camp planned to open a brand new location in Los Angeles, the team also announced they were opening a new camp in Porto Alegre City, the biggest city in southern Brazil.

Porto Alegre City is also the home to Top 10 fighter Fabricio Werdum and Luiz Brito (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Mario Sperry), who will server as trainers in the new camp. Chute Boxe now has four big locations in Curitiba, including one in Sao Paulo in partnership with Jorge Patino Macaco and another on the biggest beach in the south of Brazil, Camboriu.

In addition to the team expansion, Chute Boxe hopes there will be new opportunities for their up and coming fighters. Names such as Michael Costa, Fernando Betegga, Marcio Gracinha, Marlon Matias, Fernando Lageano, Mario Soldado, Rafael Monteiro, Eduardo Rolha, Junior Diamente, Thiago Bel, Vinicus Kepler and the Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos’ wife, Cris “Cyborg” among others are in negotiation with some organizations in the U.S, Europe and Japan.

Cris “Cyborg” will have the opportunity to show her skills on March 21 in EliteXC. She will be competing at the 140-pound weight class. “I was waiting for this opportunity all my life and now I will show that the girl from Chute Boxe is tougher than the guys. I will bring heavy artillery to my opponent and I will knock her out,” said Cris. On the same event, Marlon Mathias will make his 160-pound EliteXC debut.

Eduardo Rolha, Rafael Monteiro and Luiz Sorriso will fight at Thunder Dome in California in June. Rolha and Monteiro will fight under MMA rules at 205 pounds, while Luiz Sorriso will debut in the U.S under Muay Thai rules in a 155-pound contest.

In February, Mario Soldado will fight at Rio FC in Rio de Janeiro. Former Pride fighter Luiz Azeredo recently defeated Milton Vieira by unanimous decision at a new Brazilian event called ‘The One.’ “Milton Vieira comes from a very good camp in Brazilian Top Team, but here at Chute Boxe we have an intense training regiment and I will do my best in this fight to knock him out,” said Azeredo prior to the fight.

Another Pride veteran Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos is set to fight several times in early 2008. He will face Makoto Takimoto at World Victory Road’s Sengoku in Japan and David Loiseau at Hardcore Championship Fighting in Canada. “To me it’s a great honor to see that the events are interested in having me. Some people are saying that it’s too many fights in six month’s time, but I remember that some years ago I competed in an old school tournament and I fought three times in the same night. Besides that I later fought two more times for a total of five fights in one month,” said Cyborg.

Chute Boxe head coach Rafael Cordeiro announced that he will be moving to the U.S in March to open the new camp in Los Angeles. Cordeiro will bring a wealth of experience and fight methods to the new camp. “I am moving to L.A in March and I will bring more then twenty years experience from training warriors in Brazil. Now it’s time to make new Chute Boxe stars in the U.S.”