UFC 106 newcomer Fabricio Camoes once battled Anderson Silva in a bareknuckle bout for 27 minutes
While Toronto BJJ is hosting Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and World Jiu Jitsu Champion and Sengoku MMA fighter Xande Ribeiro this weekend for a series of seminars, TBJJ’s head jiu-jitsu instructor Jorge Britto will be missing in action. He’s in Las Vegas where he’ll be cornering Fabricio “Morango” Camoes in his UFC debut against Caol Uno in a UFC 106 preliminary bout. Britto and Camoes grew up together and earned their black belts under Royler Gracie and Vini Aieta at the famed Gracie Tijuca dojo.
Camoes, who now trains with Xande Ribeiro and his brother, Saulo, in San Diego, has a 10-4 professional record, although that doesn’t tell the whole story about this fighter. Talking briefly with Britto before he left for Vegas, he mentioned that Camoes had once fought UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva in a bareknuckle vale tudo bout when Camoes was just 17 years old. He had travlled 20 hours by bus to get to the fight only to discover the only opening in the winner-take-all tournament was in the 176-pound class, significantly more than the 161-pound Camoes. Camoes won his first fight to advance against Silva and the fight lasted 27 of the scheduled 30-minute time limit with Camoes losing because he was too tired to defend himself any longer.
Hopefully, we’ll see some of that heart when Camoes steps in against the Japanese veteran Uno, who is coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in his 13-year career, including unanimous decision to Spencer Fisher at UFC 99 and a unanimous decision to Shinya Aoki in a July 2008 DREAM event.
“Morango is a complete fighter,” says Britto. “He started in Muay Thai and has added boxing and wrestling and of course jiu-jitsu. He is very powerful and very explosive and he is happy to fight standing up or on the ground.”