One-time UFC competitor Edilberto “CrocotÃ¡” de Oliveira used his boxing skills to knock Pedro IriÃª down before submitting him with a guillotine choke 3:23 into the first round at Jungle Fight 18, held at the Pacaembu Gymnasium in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil.
De Oliveira, a training partner to UFC heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Junior dos Santos, grounded the SÃ£o Paulo MMA sensation famous for his knockouts two times in the first round before applying the submission in front of the nearly 3,000 fans in attendance.
In the main event, two-time world jiu-jitsu champion Sergio Moraes had little problem taking Peruvian Etoube Manuelo down and submitting him with a kimura at 1:43 into the first round.
Three additional bouts benefited from the recent opening of Marcos Barbosa’s jiu-jitsu and MMA training academy in SÃ£o Paulo. Barbosa’s gym, complete with a ring and cage, has filled a great void in the city, which is becoming the nation’s new power capital for jiu-jitsu. In response, the Barbosa MMA Team was out in force at Jungle Fight 18, winning all three of its bouts at the event.
Gil Freitas submitted Emanuel Silva with an armlock at 3:03 into the second round, while Pedro Munoz (Gibi Thai/Barbosa MMA Team) defeated tough American Pablo Alfonso (MMA Master Cuba América) by unanimous decision. Claudio Godoi (Center Fight/ Barbosa MMA Team) also knocked out Peruvian opponent Fernando Duany (Clube da Luta - Peru) with a knee in 47 seconds.
Jungle Fight promoter Wallid Ismail also confirmed four additional editions of Jungle Fight in the next four months.
In other bouts:
Renato Moicano (Constrictor Team) def. Marcos Almeida (ASLE) -- Submission (Rear-Naked Choke 1:56 R3
Eric Becker def. Douglas Bertazini (Miguel Repanas) -- Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 0:56 R3