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Rudson Mateus (CTA) makes his Fight 2 Win debut in a submission-only main event match against Gutemberg Pereira (GF Team) on Friday, September 25, in San Jose, California.
Fight 2 Win is bringing it back to the gi-game this weekend with two of the sport’s most promising rising stars. Both received their black belts in 2017, and since then have worked their way up the ranks. Rudson grinded his way to become the No. 6 medium-heavyweight athlete in the gi after winning Brazilian Nationals, Europeans, and Abu Dhabi World Pro this year.
Known for his tight closed guard game he is a new-school athlete with an old-school game that works. Training under the tutelage of Caio Terra, his jiu-jitsu manifests the philosophy “Technique Conquers All”. That — combined with his length and strength — has allowed him to develop an unreal closed guard game, making his sweeps and submissions from the position look like some kind of sorcery.
Keep an eye out for Rudson's trademark armbar, the submission that finishes nearly 60 percent of his victories. But in order to impose his game, the “hometown” favorite will have to subdue and slow down the well-rounded Fight 2 Win veteran, Gutemberg Pereira.
Medaling at Pans for two years in a row, as well as taking home some impressive wins in superfights and open events, former F2W champion Gutemberg has caught some momentum in the black belt rankings working his way to the No. 8 position among the stacked super-heavyweight division. He has a well-rounded, dynamic game, and size on his side which could be enough to stifle the submission-oriented style of his opponent.
After just a few weeks away, No. 6-featherweight, Osvaldo “Quexinho” Moizinho (Ares) takes on No. 5-ranked Richar Nogueira (Sharpen Iron Academy) in the co-main event. Quexinho is on a F2W roll, fresh off a win against the formidable Tiago Barros just a few weeks ago.
But, if anyone is up for the challenge it’s the dark horse Richar Nogueira. He’s worked his way to the top five but isn’t as talked about as some of the other athletes in his division as the relatively-new black belt hasn’t yet hit the podium at the majors. But he is well on his way there and recently scored a win over Gianni Grippo at the Las Vegas Open on his way to gold. With barely a year at black belt, and quickly rising through the rankings, Richar Nogueira is a deserving challenge to Queixinho’s seasoned mat IQ and calloused game.