Jungle Fight and Wallid


In Brazil there is an extraordinary show called 'Jungle Fight'. Created by legendary ex-fighter Wallid Ismail, 'Jungle Fight' is the Brazilian face of Mixed Martial Arts, the most popular contact sport in the world. This feature length documentary, ‘Enter The Jungle’ takes us on a journey into the heart of Wallid's sporting kingdom. We find out why so many star MMA fighters come from the cities, ‘favelas’ and rainforests of Brazil.


Brazilians developed their own combat sport when they transformed Japanese 'Kodokan Judo' into a new Martial Art. 'Brazilian jiu-jitsu' promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can defend against a bigger, stronger assailant, using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground - applying join locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. The Gracie family, pioneers of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, dominated its early years.


Wallid Ismail trained under Carlson Gracie and defeated four Gracie fighters, including Royce Gracie, beating him with a clock choke. It was Wallid who brought MMA back to Brazil after an eight-year absence. He is now Brazil's foremost representative of MMA. Through ‘Jungle Fight’ he discovered and promoted a constant stream of new fighters. Thanks to Wallid, many Brazilians have gone on to dominate the UFC and become global stars.

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