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Rafael “Barata” Freitas

Big fights on the horizon for several New Mexico trained athletes

Coming up later this week, SWFight.com compiled a four-fighter list where we listed who we thought had the opportunity to make an impact in the near future and compete for world title contention. We discussed potential championship caliber fighters Rustam Khabilov who had high praise from his Head Coach Greg Jackson, John Dodson, who has already been minutes from the ...

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Week In Reflection: Bellator 91 & UFC On Fuel 8 Recap

The dust has settled from a very interesting past week of MMA action significant to New Mexico. Last Thursday, Rio Rancho hosted Bellator MMA inside the Santa Ana Star Center for the Bellator 91 event. Then days later, the UFC hosted a show in Japan that featured some fighters who train out of Albuquerque’s Jackson-Winklejohn gym. SWFight.com is here to ...

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UFC on Fox 6 Winner Clay “The Carpenter” Guida Thanks Gracie Barra New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Jackson’s MMA fighter Clay “The Carpenter” Guida earned a split-decision victory over Hatsu Hioki at this past Saturday’s UFC on Fox 6 card in Guida’s hometown of Chicago, Ill. Guida is known for his furious pace, wrestling and has sharpened his jiu jitsu game right here in Albuquerque, N.M. at Gracie Barra New Mexico. In a post-fight ...

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Southwest Fight News 2012 BJJ, Boxing and MMA Awards

Let us start off by thanking you all for following the website and Facebook page. We have had quite a ride locally, regionally and nationally following fighters and their performances. We have busted our butts (and wallets) in trying to provide you the coverage over the past year. We pride ourselves in our content and professionalism. The results for our 2012 awards are ...

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Chavez Dojo’s Angelica Chavez Signs With XFC

Earlier today it was announced by the XFC (Xtreme Fighting Championships) that they have signed Albuquerque’s Angelica Chavez to a multi-fight deal in their atomweight division. Chavez holds an MMA record of 4-2 and fights out of the Chavez Dojo in Albuquerque’s South Valley, a gym that is operated by her father, Grandmaster Melcor Chavez. She specializes in Kajukembo and is trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ...

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Gracie Barra New Mexico Instructors Bring Home Hardware from the 2012 IBJJF No Gi World Championships

Professor Tussa wins gold at Heavyweight and Professor Tammy Griego wins Absolute LONG BEACH CALIF.— Gracie Barra New Mexico Instructors Roberto “Tussa” Alencar, Rafael “Barata” Freitas and Tammy Griego all captured medals today at the 2012 International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation No Gi World Championships in Long Beach, Calif. Tussa captured gold in the Heavyweight division. Griego brings home a gold medal in ...

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Legacy Fighting Championships Signs “Barata” to Flyweight Roster

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Gracie Barra New Mexico Instructor Rafael “Barata” De Freitas (5-0) has been signed to the Legacy Fighting Championship’s Flyweight division. The Carlos Gracie Black Belt will take a perfect MMA record into the cage as well as a World Championship level of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Four of Freitas’ five victories have come by way of submission and ...

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The Path to the Black Belt

Tammy Griego becomes Gracie Barra New Mexico’s First Female Black Belt High atop the podium at the 2012 International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Pan-Am Tournament in Irvine, Calif., Tammy Griego displayed another title, another medal and another championship for her already overflowing trophy room. What she didn’t expect to leave the podium with was the one thing she had been ...

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Gracie Barra New Mexico Instructors Bring Home Hardware from Worlds

Three Gracie Barra instructors made the journey out to Irvine California for the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation World Championships this past Sunday, June 3rd. Professors Roberto “Tussa” Alencar, Rafael “Barata” Frietas and Tammy Griego put their skill set on display and each came back with a medal for all their hard work. Tussa and Barata both made it to ...

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Rafael “Barata” Freitas and Gracie Barra NM Ready for IBJJF World Championships

This week 30 members of the Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy from Albuquerque will participate in the World International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Championship in Long Beach, California. Among them will be professional mixed martial artist and BJJ instructor Rafael “Barata” Freitas. The 125lb flyweight class is the lightest recognized by the unified rules of mixed martial arts for ...

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