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So UFC 126 was kind of a big deal in Brazil

 

Brazil: Home of epic kicks, epic asses and epic asskickers.

One of my favorite things about Brazilian MMA news outlet Tatame is their…how to put it nicely…idiosyncratic translations of Portuguese into English. It’s what gives us unintentionally entertaining weirdness like this

In Las Vegas, it’s a common thing the bars and nightclubs surrender to MMA and prepare a special schedule for each edition of UFC, but the prejudice when it comes to the sport in Brazil was a hard barrier to be break. It wasn’t rare to see the bar owners denying the fans request for watching the “Combate” channel. But the history has taken another course when UFC 126 came.

I kinda like the image of bars and nightclubs “surrender(ing) to MMA” as the hordes of TapOut-clad meatheads who will always wait fruitlessly for a Chuck Liddell comeback fight beat down their doors and smear tanning cream all over the upholstery. Mainstream, baby. Tangential weirdness aside, it appears that Silva vs. Belfort might be the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of finally waking up the Brazilian populace to the fact that their country produces some amazing goddamn fighters who might be worth watching:

In Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Curitiba and the main cities of Brazilian North and Northeast, each bar you go, there was at least one TV tuned on Ultimate. The nightclubs of south neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, hometown of Belfort, interrupted their parties for some minutes so that the young people would watch the bout. The outcome let the fans sad, and others just said: “it’s helpless, Anderson is unbeatable”.

It’s hard to see this as anything but a positive, given that Brazil is home to so many elite fighters and elite fight camps who will hopefully gain some more prestige and money in the wake of this new mainstream attention. Another beneficiary, hopefully, will be the relatively anemic Brazilian fight scene which doesn’t seem to be up to par with the type of regional circuits you see in the U.S., or even the U.K. and Japan. 

18 COMMENTS
  • YEAH RIGHT says:

    The picture is easily the best part of this article.

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble says:

    Nice pic of the bunda. I wonder if there will be guest ring girls for UFC Rio.

  • scissors61 says:

    There better be. I wanna see some donks

  • G Funk says:

    “it’s helpless, Anderson is unbeatable”.

    It sounds like they hate him as much as alot of americans do WTF!?

  • scissors61 says:

    Well, keep in mind that quote was attributed to Vitor fans in Rio de Janeiro. I imagine people were probably happier about Anderson winning in Curitiba, but the word on the nets (and my Portuguese is pretty shoddy these days) is that Vitor is way more popular than Anderson in Brazil. Blackula provided a link to a pretty good BE fanpost by a Brazilian on that subject, it should still be in the forums somewhere.

     

  • iamphoenix says:

    wtf is a BE. i only know of BJ’s. and those are rare for me.

  • scissors61 says:

    I speak a foreign space language, phoenix 

     

  • RaginAsian says:

    What article?

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    Best spank tank in the history of the site – thanks Scissors! I think someone left some words stuck at the end though.

  • cheese says:

    Am i the only one that saw vetor on that gif see the kick coming put his hands up and then pull them back to take the kick something fishy is going on here

  • agentsmith says:

    ^ Yeah, you probably are the only one.

  • YEAH RIGHT says:

    adsf

  • scissors61 says:

    Am i the only one that saw vetor on that gif see the kick coming put his hands up and then pull them back to take the kick 

    Yup.

  • subo says:

    I’m going to laugh my ass off when Brazilians that hate AS start rooting for Chael Sonnen.

  • scissors61 says:

    That’ll never, ever happen. If you recall back in the PRIDE days the BTT guys would root for Chute Boxe fighters against non-Brazilians and that was a deep, deep rivalry.  Some Brazilians might root for Demian or Vitor against Anderson, but never a foreigner. Not to mention the inflammatory and crypto-racist comments Sonnen has made about Brazilians in general.  For a good example recall the broo-ha-ha when Paulo Filho refused to train Liddell for the Wanderlei fight because Wand’s Brazilian. The Brazilians have a pack mentality that ain’t going anywhere anytime soon. 

  • G Funk says:

    Unfortunately for Shogun, Wandy commited the sin that dare saynot it’s name…

  • Letibleu says:

    I wish there was a picture of the face that kid in the blue shirt was making. It must have been priceless. In my defense it took me about 30 views of that  Brazilian ass before I noticed the kid had a better angle than the rest of us.

     

  • scissors61 says:

    this is the face i made when i found it 

     

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