ESPN Deportes, ESPN's Spanish-language network in the U.S., will offer LIVE coverage of the Jungle Fight Championship this Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. EST. The matchups will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the breeding ground for the best Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) talent.
The coverage will include four bouts, including the main draw, the much anticipated fight between Brazilian natives Edilberto de Oliveira against Luis Sergio da Fonseca Melo. The Jungle Fight 24 event will also showcase Brazilian prospect Francisco "Massaranduba" Trinaldo taking on Bruno "Crocop" Lobato with his notorious high kick, and Renato Moicano in his third fight facing skilled Luta-Livre fighter Eduardo "Kiko" Felipe.
Jungle Fight Championship Tournament Bouts on ESPN Deportes:
- 77 KG Edilberto "Crocotá" de Oliveira (Champion Team) vs. Luis Sergio "Sergio Jr" da Fonseca Melo (Platinum Team)
- 70 KG Francisco "Massaranduba" Trinaldo vs. Bruno "Crocop" Lobato (PRVT)
- 66 KG Renato Moicano (Constrictor Team) vs. Eduardo "Kiko" Felipe (Gracie Fusion)
- 84 KG Gilberto "Giba" Galvao (RFT) vs. Dimitry Fagundes Peres Burgo (PRVT)
ESPN Deportes has been offering exclusive Spanish-language telecast of the Jungle Fight Championship as special two-hour shows since May 2010. For the past seven years, Jungle Fight Championship events have been taking place in Brazil where it was founded in 2003 by MMA Brazilian fighter and long-time Jiu Jitsu black belt, Wallid Ismail. Some of today's top Brazilian MMA fighters to have hailed from the Jungle Fight Championship include former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida; heavyweight contenders Fabricio Werdum and Gabriel Gonzaga; current UFC welterweight contenders Paulo Thiago and Evangelisto Santos; WEC champion Jose Aldo, considered one of the best pound-per-pound. The Jungle Fight Championship donates a portion of its proceeds to promote education and protect the endangered Amazon rainforest.
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