2nd degree BJJ black belt Vitor Vianna signed with the Bellator fighting championship earlier this week. Vianna started his career as a very successful BJJ player earning many championships before he started competing in MMA. He was quickly scooped up by MMA legend Wanderlei Silva and he now serves as the head coach for Wand fight team. Wanderlei has taken Vianna under his wing and is personally seeing to the development of a solid striking game to compliment the already world class BJJ skills of Vianna.
Vitor’s MMA record is 10-1-1 with his only loss coming from an arm injury he sustained during his fight against the very dangerous Thiago Silva. Since then, Vianna has won three in a row, all by stoppage in the 1st round. While it would have been nice to see Vitor jump right into the UFC, it looks like he will be honing his abilities in the forge that is Bellator. Rumor has it that Vianna will take part in an upcoming middleweight tournament held by Bellator later in the year. He hopes to show what he’s really made of by winning the tournament and challenging for Hector Lombard’s title. That is quite a feat, considering that Lombard is an absolute beast and I can’t even remember the last time he lost a fight.
All the best to Vitor, and I can’t wait to see that fight!
UPDATE: Apparantly, Bellator has signed yet another instructor from Wand fight team. Muay thai instructor and BJJ black belt under Rafael Cordeiro, Michael Costa will be throwing his hat into the Bellator ring.
Quite an interesting development, with Vianna at middleweight, and Costa at welterweight, the Wand fight team may be looking to corner the market in Bellator. But they will have their work cut out for them because Bellator is no small show in terms of quality opponents. It’s almost like the second coming of the younger generation of Chute Boxe fighters, some great fights are in store for 2011.