(Rua, Norris & Rua: Attorneys at Roundhouse)
Chute Boxe, the legendary Brazilian muay thai/jiu-jitsu camp that has produced MMA stars including Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, and brothers Mauricio and Murilo Rua, is finishing up negotiations to launch a satellite school in Los Angeles, according to MMA Weekly. Says Chute Boxe head coach Rafael Cordeiro:
“The plans are to make a two way road between L.A. and Curitiba and to maintain this high level training in Curitiba and in L.A. We want to put our boys to fight and train in both camps, Brazilian guys in L.A. and Americans going to Brazil to spend some time in our camp. This will elevate our athletes performance and at the same time we will recruit an excellent amount of new American and Latin athletes that are popping up in the U.S.A.”
Exact location and opening date for the school haven’t been announced yet.
It’s too bad this hasn’t happened sooner — how incredible would it be to have Chute Boxe go up against Xtreme Couture and Miletich Fighting Systems during the IFL’s 2008 season? I guess we’ll just have to wait until 2009 (assuming the IFL isn’t tits-up by then).
The L.A.-expansion announcement is the first bit of good news for Chute Boxe following a year that was marked by the departure of its most famous students, Wanderlei Silva and the Rua brothers among them. Speaking of whom…
— In an interview with Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole Wanderlei Silva rejected the rumors/suggestions that he’d be dropping down to middleweight: “That’s way too much weight for me to lose,” Silva said. “I couldn’t do it.” With three consecutive losses, Silva’s chances to return to glory in the UFC’s super-stacked light-heavyweight division seem limited at best.
— Murilo “Ninja” Rua‘s next fight will be for EliteXC (possibly in March), followed by a return to Cage Rage in July; Ninja’s last fight was a victory over Xavier Foupa-Pokam at Cage Rage 24 in December. Rua also had this to say in an interview with Punch Drunk Gamer: “Mauricio and Myself were invited to make part of a movie about MMA [in the U.S.A.] and we are very excited with the idea. This is a totally different thing to me and I’m sure that it could be a great opportunity. We are discussing some details but very soon we will have news for our fans.”
— Coming off a shocking loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 76, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua announced last month that he will fight next at UFC 83, a card that will likely feature a welterweight championship match between Matt Serra and Georges St. Pierre.