Two Old School BJJ Fighters to Compete in Rio Grand Slam Legends Match


The UAEJJF is set to continue their showcase classic jiu-jitsu with their ‘Legends’ series at the 2017 Rio Grand Slam. 

We’ll see two well-known figures from the early days of vale tudo, Carlos Barreto and Rafael Carino, battle it out for a chance to qualify for a shot at the Heavyweight Legends title currently held by Marcio ‘Pe de Pano’ Cruz, at the Abu Dhabi 2017 World Pro. 

Carlos Barreto is a student of legendary Carlson Gracie; he handed Kevin Randleman his first loss at UVF 6 in 1997.  Barreto went on to have a winning career in MMA and fought some of the biggest names in sport at the time, like Igor Vovchanchyn and Aleksander Emelianenko. 

Barreto retired from fighting professionally in 2005 and went on to become an MMA analyst and commentator on Brazilian TV. 

Rafael Carino also tried his hand in the wild world of 90’s MMA: he had a big win at UFC 9 (yes, the 1996 event where no closed-first strikes were allowed) over Matt Anderson, but Carinos’s time in the cage was ultimately limited to three fights.  Instead, Carino decided to focus on jiu-jitsu, becoming the 1997 weight and absolute Brazilian national champion and 1998 IBJJF World Champion. He has since gone on to become a successful coach under the Nova Uniao Banner.

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Last modified: November 20, 2017

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