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(Flashback)The Grappling Match That Almost Started a Riot: Paulo Filho vs Cacareco

(Flashback)The Grappling Match That Almost Started a Riot: Paulo Filho vs Cacareco

 

Remember the historic grappling match between Paulo Filho and Alexandre Cacareco Ferreira that happened in Rio de Janeiro in the early 2000’s at the Copa Cyclone Submission.

Cacareco is a 7th degree black belt in Luta Livre and once had the best guillotine in submission grappling.He is an ADCC medalist and UFC vet.

Filho is a BJJ and Judo black belt, a former Pride and WEC middleweight champion.

Back in those the rivalry between Luta Livre and Jiu-Jitsu was still very strong. Nowadays the rivalry has died down with many Luta Livre fighters crossing over to Jiu-Jitsu (Milton Vieira, Babalu Sobral and even Cacareco himself).

The match was very intense and to avoid a riot erupting in the crowd, the match was declared a draw.

Cacareco who seemingly dominated the match was fuming after the referee decision.

A few years after this match, Cacareco joined Brazilian Top Team (Filho’s team) and ended up also receiving a black belt in BJJ.

 

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