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.