There's a reason you don't see much capoeira in elite modern mixed martial arts.
All of the spinning around and gliding from side to side makes for great theater and can be beautiful to watch, but it is easily exploited by an opponent who knows what he's doing. Plus it would appear to waste a lot of energy that can't afford to be wasted when the dude on the opposite side of the cage is a highly trained, rabid beast.
Consequently, the Brazilian artistry has been relegated to the "for show" portion of fights at the highest level of competition and it's almost certainly not coming back.
As Marcus "Lelo" Aurelio (who is NOT this guy) shows in the clip above, when you find willing cannon fodder to stick its chin out in front of some capoeira with bad intentions...yikes.
That sound you hear at about the 30-second mark is not a premature and abbreviated 10-second warning from the cageside official. It's the sound of bone-on-bone contact where one of the involved parties is a supersonic heel.
I'm guessing it's also the sound of something breaking.
Probably on Keegan "The Marshall" Marshall since he doesn't appear to move for the duration of the clip.
Quick digression and not to kick a guy when he's down, but The Marshall Marshall? Really? If you insist on the Marshall when that's your last name, how about just "The?" Even that would be better.
Anyway, back to action.
The pair met up during North American Challenge No. 24 in April of 2009 if the YouTube poster can be trusted. The Marshall actually looks okay at first—he avoids the first few salvos from Aurelio and almost catches a leg at one point i.e. he doesn't appear to be taken in by the aerial acrobatic stunts.
Of course, it doesn't take long for everything to it go horribly wrong in Mr. Marshall's world.
So wrong, in fact, that a scrap between two nobodies in the sport at some tiny regional event has been viewed over 1.7 million times and sparked the usual battle of Mensa candidates in the comment section.
The Internet is a gorgeous thing.
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