|Born||Wágner da Conceição Martins
May 19, 1978
São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil
|Height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight||390 lb (177 kg; 27 st 12 lb)|
|Style||Vale Tudo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Rank||purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2004 - present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Wágner da Conceição Martins (born May 19, 1978), better known as Zuluzinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [zuluˈziɲu]), is a Brazilian vale tudo fighter and mixed martial artist. He is the son of Vale Tudo legend Rei Zulu. Wagner was raised by his grandmother and works as a security guard in a number of reggae clubs in northern Brazil. Following in his father's footsteps, he trained in both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and vale tudo. Zuluzinho holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under black belt Ricardo "Ricardinho Bulldog" Candido Gomes, who also serves as his MMA coach.
Zuluzinho reportedly compiled an undefeated Vale Tudo record of 38-0 (38 knockouts) in Brazil prior to his fight at Cage Warriors Strike Force 2 in England. However, all but five of those fights are unconfirmed. In the December 2005 issue of Full-Contact Fighter, Marcelo Alfonso wrote that Zuluzinho started his MMA career in 2000 in the town of Teresina, near the city of Sao Luis, Brazil.
Video shows that Zuluzinho knocked out James Adler twice in Brazil, but these fights do not appear on his official record.
Prior to fighting at Cage Warriors Strike Force 2 in England, Zuluzinhho knocked out American pianoist James Adler in one round in an unsanctioned Vale Tudo match in Brazil. A video of the fight is available on the internet.
In the Pride Open Weight Grand Prix on May 5, 2006, he was defeated via armbar in the first round by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
On December 31, 2007, Zuluzinho scored the biggest win of his career by stopping Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa in 3 rounds at K-1 in Japan.
He saw his winning streak snapped when he lost by 1st round TKO to Ibragim Magomedov at FightForce - Russia vs. The World on April 19, 2008.
On July 7, 2008, Zuluzinho was knocked out by fellow super heavyweight Guigao Guigao at DDG-Desafio de Gigantes 10. In the semi-final match, Zuluzinho's 63 year old father, Rei Zulu, lost by a disqualification to Santos Samurai.
Zulu faced rising star Geronimo "Mondragon" dos Santos on December 14, 2008. In this bout he landed a flurry of strikes early in the first round but was unable to finish dos Santos, and subsequently was knocked out in round 2.
In his most recent fight on Nov. 30, 2010, Zuluzinho lost in his second bout against Geronimo dos Santos via first round KO at Mr. Cage 4.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||11 wins||8 losses|
|Loss||11–8 (1)||Geronimo dos Santos||KO (punches)||Mr. Cage 4||November 30, 2010||1||N/A||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||11–7 (1)||Douglas Humberto||Decision (split)||Ilha Combat 3: Confrontation of Giants||April 9, 2010||3||5:00||Sao Luis, Brazil|
|Win||10–7 (1)||Angelo Araujo||TKO (retirement)||Ilha Combat 2: Araujo vs. Zuluzinho||December 19, 2009||2||5:00||Sao Luis, Brazil|
|Loss||9–7 (1)||Geronimo dos Santos||KO (punch)||Fusion Combat||December 14, 2008||2||0:22||Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil|
|Loss||9–6 (1)||Guilherme dos Anjos||Submission (punches)||Desafio de Gigantes 10||July 6, 2008||1||3:52||Macapa, Brazil|
|Loss||9–5 (1)||Ibragim Magomedov||TKO (punches)||fightFORCE: Russia vs. The World||April 19, 2008||1||N/A||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||9–4 (1)||Ikuhisa Minowa||TKO (corner stoppage)||K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!!||December 31, 2007||3||2:13||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||8–4 (1)||Vladimir Kuchenko||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bodog Fight: USA vs. Russia||November 30, 2007||1||2:14||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||7–4 (1)||Guilherme dos Anjos||TKO (retirement)||Desafio de Gigantes 8||November 1, 2007||2||3:50||Macapa, Brazil|
|Loss||7–3 (1)||Eric Esch||Submission (americana)||PRIDE 34||April 8, 2007||1||2:35||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||7–2 (1)||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||Submission (armbar)||Pride FC - Total Elimination Absolute||May 5, 2006||1||2:17||Osaka, Japan||Opening Round of Pride 2006 Openweight Grand Prix|
|Loss||7–1 (1)||Fedor Emelianenko||Submission (punches)||Pride FC: Shockwave 2005||December 31, 2005||1||0:26||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||7–0 (1)||Henry Miller||TKO (knees)||Pride 30: Fully Loaded||October 23, 2005||1||1:31||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||6–0 (1)||Rafal Dabrowski||KO (punch)||CWFC: Strike Force 2||July 16, 2005||2||2:04||Coventry, England|
|NC||5–0 (1)||Kleber Ranieri Jansen||NC (both fighters fell from ring)||Desafio de Gigantes 4||May 20, 2005||1||N/A||Macapa, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Fabio Black||KO||World Combat 3||May 13, 2005||1||1:20||Sao Luis, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Junior Pitbull||TKO (punches)||Desafio de Gigantes 2||March 13, 2004||1||0:37||Macapa, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||James Adler||KO (punches)||Main Event Vale Tudo||2004||1||Itapeua, Brazil||Vale Tudo|
|Win||2–0||James Adler||KO (punches)||Main Event Vale Tudo||2004||1||Itapeua, Brazil||Vale Tudo|
|Win||1–0||Carlos Andino||KO (punches)||Main Event Vale Tudo||November 4, 2003||1||Itapeua, Brazil||Vale Tudo|