International Vale Tudo Championship

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International Vale Tudo Championship
Private
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Fate Hiatus
Founded São Paulo, Brazil (1997 (1997))
Founder Sergio Batarelli
Headquarters São Paulo, Brazil
Owner 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]

IVC makes a return via kickboxing on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil.[10] The main event at IVC 15 is Felipe Micheletti Vs. Rogelio Ortiz for the World Kickboxing Network super cruiserweight world title.[11][12][13] The event also includes MMA and Kickboxing tournaments.[14][15]

Championships[edit]

Heavyweight Championship[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Brazil Carlos Barreto
(def. Pedro Otavio)
April 27, 1999
(International Vale Tudo Championship 10)
Brazil

Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Brazil Wanderlei Silva
(def. Eugene Jackson)
April 27, 1999
(International Vale Tudo Championship 10)
Brazil

Middleweight Championship[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Brazil José Landi-Jons
(def. Johil de Oliveira)
April 27, 1999
(International Vale Tudo Championship 11)
Brazil

Lightweight Championship[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Brazil Rafael Cordeiro
(def. Henry Matamoros)
January 20, 1999
(International Vale Tudo Championship 9)
Brazil

Superfight Championship[edit]

No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Brazil Carlos Barreto
(def. Gary Myers)
August 26, 1999
(International Vale Tudo Championship 12)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
2 Brazil Flavio Luiz Moura
(def. Milton Bahia)
August 26, 1999
(International Vale Tudo Championship 13)
Sao Paulo, Brazil

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". Sherdog. 
  10. ^ "IVC retorna com Kickboxing". Boxeando (in Portuguese). 
  11. ^ "Felipe Micheletti disputa o cinturão mundial World Kickboxing Network". Cruzeiro do Sol (in Portuguese). 
  12. ^ "Após 15 anos do último evento, IVC volta a ativa neste sábado no interior de São Paulo; saiba mais". Boa Informacao (in Portuguese). 
  13. ^ "Saiba mais sobre o histórico IVC que estará de volta neste sábado, em Sorocaba". Tvfight.tv (in Portuguese). 
  14. ^ "WKN Releases Full Fight Card for IVC Sorocaba in Brazil". Fightmag. 
  15. ^ "IVC 15 - The New Era". Sherdog. 

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