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Brazil and the UFC

By Jayme Monsanto, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Ever since its creation in 1993, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has seen huge participation numbers from Brazilian fighters. Throughout the competition's sixteen years, 65 Brazilian fighters have followed the path forged by Royce Gracie, who won the first, second and fourth editions of UFC, and showed the world the power of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

While many of these 65 fighters failed to succeed, seven of them have claimed UFC World Championship Belts: Royce Gracie (UFC 1, 2 and 4, in 1993 and 1994), Marco Ruas (UFC 7, in 1995), Vitor Belfort . . .

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