International Vale Tudo Championship

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International Vale Tudo Championship
Type Private
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Fate Hiatus
Founded São Paulo, Brazil (1997 (1997))
Founders Sergio Batarelli
Headquarters São Paulo, Brazil
Owners Batarelli Fighting Promotions
Website http://www.valetudo.com.br/ivcmenu.htm

The International Vale Tudo Championship is an MMA fighting promotion based in Brazil starting in 1997.[1] The first events were no holds barred contests inspired by the Ultimate Fighting Championship[2] and gained an international reputation for its hardcore nature. Head butts and groin strikes were not forbidden.[3] Head butts render fighters on the bottom in the guard position more vulnerable.[4] Founded by Sergio Batarelli, it became one of the most important Vale Tudo tournaments in Brazil during its existence. While the UFC fights were held in an octagon, the IVC kept the normal ring shape.[5] A fight lasted a maximum of 30 minutes.[6] It was not uncommon for fighters to get a hand broken, lose teeth or receive cuts in their faces.[7] An IVC in 1999 concluded with 8 out of 10 matches finished with strikes.[8]

After 14 events, the state of São Paulo (where the promotion was based) prohibited the sanctioning of the Vale Tudo fights, and the event entered an hiatus period. In January 2011, during an interview to channel Combate, Sergio Batarelli announced the return of the IVC in mid-2012 with a new ruleset (based on the UFC rules) and acting as a feeder promotion to the UFC.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "-". MMA-Core. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Greg Downey. The Information Economy In No-Holds-Barred Fighting. Duke University Press. p. 396. 
  3. ^ Black Belt Vol. 37, No. 6. Active Interest Media, Inc. June 1999. 
  4. ^ Quadros, Stephen (Sep 1999). Black Belt Vol. 37, No. 9. Active Interest Media, Inc. p. 126. 
  5. ^ Rolando Carrizo Ortíz, Editorial Kier (2003). Vale tudo: la evolución de los deportes de contacto. Editorial Kier. p. 34. ISBN 950-17-5505-3. 
  6. ^ Quadros, Stephen (Sep 1999). Black Belt Vol. 37, No. 9. Active Interest Media, Inc. p. 123. 
  7. ^ Quadros, Stephen (Sep 1999). Black Belt Vol. 37, No. 9. Active Interest Media, Inc. p. 125. 
  8. ^ Black Belt Vol. 37, No. 5. Active Interest Media, Inc. May 1999. p. 17. 
  9. ^ Old School Vale Tudo Org IVC Returns With New Rules; Cage

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