Let the Games Begin… Jacare meets Couture at Pros vs. Joes

Los Angeles, CA may be the entertainment capitol of the world but the event that is on everyone’s lips is the historic match-up between MMA fighting legend Randy Couture and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) superstar Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at the Professional Submission League’s (PSL) ‘X-Mission’ on Friday, November 17, 2006. This classic battle, unprecedented in modern times, has brought Randy out of retirement and Jacare into the spotlight as two of the world’s finest MixedMartial Artists collide on the PSL tatame.

˜Jacare’, the alligator from Manaus, Amazon, Brazil has been causing quite a stir since he arrived in the States. The BJJ Absolute Mundial & ADCC World Submission Champion has been spotted at the Pride Fighting Championships, in Las Vegas and training in dojos all around the Los Angeles area with none other than Mr. Wallid Ismail, the Amazon’s first MMA hero.

The PSL crew caught up with the dynamic duo from the great Amazon State as they headed out to the set of Spike TV’s Pros vs. Joes in Los Angeles, CA to meet the only man to win UFC titles in two different weight categories, Randy Couture. At this exclusive on-set meeting the two ‘X Mission’ main eventers sealed the deal for their highly anticipated match up.

Since retiring from the UFC “The Natural” has been busy as ever with several business projects, a slew of personal appearances, and of course television & film roles. His latest role is in Pros vs. Joes, Spike TV’s action-packed sports series that pits a team of average everyday Joes vs. a team of the world’s greatest Pros. UFC Hall of Famer Couture was on the set filming the season premiere along with his fellow Pros Michael Irvin (five time NFL Pro Bowler & three time Super Bowl Champion), Glen Rice (three time NBA All Star) and Jose Canseco (six time MLB All Star).

The set came to life as Jacare arrived with his consignor, Mr. Ismail, to meet “The Natural” and face off before the big day. Much respect was exchanged between the two combatants along with the usual pre-match posturing as ‘Jacare’ informed us that “Randy is a big man and has accomplished many great things but now is my time and he will feel the bite of the alligator.”

Jacare seemed to revel in his first visit to a Hollywood set as Randy, the consummate professional, was unfazed by it all and he revealed to us that “I may have retired from fighting but I have not retired from competition. There are many new challenges ahead for me and this is one of them.”

Indeed, both men will need to be at their best during the PSL’s X-Mission event on Friday, November 17, 2006 at the Culver City Veterans’ Memorial.

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