The Blonde Devil (Unknown Vale Tudo Legend)

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    Euclides "The Blonde Devil" Pereira

    I cannot believe we have not heard of this man... Justin Wren (TUF/UFC fighter) Just posted this on the UG. AMAZING!!!!!!!

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    a "Secret" untold Legacy -"The Blonde Devil"
    The whole reason I posted this thread is to give a man, a legend some more exposure... His just due. I personally found this amazing.

    Euclides Pereira... The Blonde Devil. A Luta-Livre (No-Gi) fighter from the Northeast part of Brazil who had one of, if not the greatest Vale Tudo career in the history of Brazil having over 380 wins with no defeats. This man fought Carlson Gracie, Zulu, Waldemar Santana, and Ivan Gomez along with many other greats from his time. Now I know what your thinking; The same thing I thought... "What a bunch of BOLOGNE." For me it is almost impossible for me to grasp fighting in the hundreds, even more so never suffering a defeat. I heard of this man through my agent (a stand up guy, a family man, 100% honest) when I was planning some training down in Miami. He told me there is this 69 year old man who literally submitted a 6 foot 4, 240lb guy and he wouldn't have believed it unless he saw it with his own two eyes. Told me that he is this legend from Brazil, hardly anyone knows about him, blah blah blah. This was the first and only time I have ever doubted what my agent had to say. He told me how I should give this guy a chance when I get down to Miami for some training, that HDnet was doing a story on him (it airs this Friday), and whatever.

    No way was I believing it... How come I have never heard of this guy? I had obviously heard of Carlson Gracie, I had seen fights of Zulu, I had heard of Ivan Gomez and Waldemar Santana (Santana defeated the late & great Helio Gracie)... Now why wouldn't I have heard of Euclides Pereira? I HAVE NO CLUE why I haven't heard of this guy! I have no clue why 99.9% of you guys have not heard of him either and that his legacy was almost dropped from the history books. One thing I sincerely know is that he is the real deal. Not only from training with him now for over a week. Not only because I have gotten to know him while we are staying at the same house while I am in Miami training. Mainly because I have seen legitimate proof. I have seen hundreds, I repeat, HUNDREDS of newspaper clippings from his fights. Pre-hype clippings of Helio Gracie saying how "Euclides will be lucky to last 30 seconds with Carlson" along with the rules the Gracies and Euclides agreed upon prefight. I saw pictures and headlines of him defeating Carlson and Carlson looking battered and broken. I saw a BEAUTIFUL body kick that Euclides landed on Zulu during their fight. I saw clipping after clipping after clipping in ONE of Euclides several scrapbooks that opened my eyes to a piece of MMA history that I have never known about, that was truly amazing to me, and that I thought it I should share with the UG. I have pics :)

    This is coming from someone who has been a lurker here since my junior year in HS. I love the good threads where guys are breaking down gameplans from fights. I love when some pro's I look up to post here, and I love the threads where the UG outs a guy for being a phony. Even this past September I went to a small town in Colorado where a guy claimed he was 20-0 UFC Fighting and that he had a black belt in TKD,Kenpo AND Kempo Karate (Lol!), a blackbelt in Japanese and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and even a BB in Muay Thai... he had his own BJJ class he was teaching. I went there, submitted him time and time again in front of his students, and personally "outted" him in front of his students by rolling with him rather than just telling his students he is full of it. I know I'll prolly get a lot of flack from a lot of you guys that came over from the Sherdog forums but I'd rather a few of you, or a lot of you to think I am delisiounal than to never give Euclides the credit he is due. This guy is insanely fit for being 69yrs old, insanely strong, and incredibly knowledgable.

    I flew into Miami on Monday, July 5th and immediately went to the gym and where I trained with KOTC Heavyweight Champion Tony Johnson, and met Euclides for the first time. I saw this old man, with a fading hair line, and thought is this the guy that is suppose to be showing me stuff? Wow, my eyes were opened quick! This was before I had seen his incredible scrapbook. He watched Tony Johnson and I roll and through his translator he would tell us the smallest details of what we could do to make it better. I feel like I have a pretty decent mount, this guy has made my mount better than I thought it could be! He told me to get down and feel his mount, he mounted me, and at SIXTY NINE years old he was squeezing some of the air out of me. I can honestly say that his mount is one of the most technical, and tight mounts I have ever felt. From there he showed a lot of little tricks that were really neat. He talked about his approach is instead of posturing and punching like crazy, or smothering and throwing rabbit punches is to really pick your spots. To mount the guy with a purpose, maintain it, make sure you have post and good balance. Then he uses his postioning and one of his arms to move your opponents defense and to drop punishment, but stuff that counts. To aim for your opponents jaw and chin, to go at it very methodically and technical. To make every movement you make count. That was day ones lesson, and it may not sound too terrific but if I could explain this guys strategy towards fighting you'd know he is and was something great.

    That evening we went home, I showered and the translator started dinner. After I got out of the shower Euclides came in the kitchen and told the translator he thought of some techniques that I would really like, he was correct. For the next TWO hours we traded techniques, mainly him teaching me. He adds things to submissions you would never think of. Some of it are some little dirty tricks he learned throughout his career to make the submission quicker, and add to the pain lol. None of it is illegal at all, but just had a "mean" factor to it that I learned in wrestling but that seems to be missing from sport jiu-jitsu. Little tricks that in a fight are gonna set up the RNC faster and not have to fight the hands so hard, or little ways to finish a guillotine in half the time, things that are like... "Why in the heck haven't I thought of or done this before?" Listening to this man I would feel like I was listening to a Rocky Marciano, a Dan Gable, or a Cael Sanderson... Somone that had been to the top, someone who was something great, who accomplished what 99.9% of people never will. He told me several times "when your in their it's YOUR territory, you fight with the skills you've trained, fight with all your heart, let nothing hold you back, the fight is where you let loose and let your skills be shown." Over and over he constantly impressed me.

    The whole reason for this thread is to give this man his just due, I have heard of many people he fought... Almost always he was outweighed in his fights, and Euclides ALWAYS found a way to win. He fought a man called "King Kong" and could rip coconuts apart with his bare hands, and dwarfed him... he won, lol. Not that size matters, but I think things like that show how this guy is the true definition of a fighter. He was on a weekly Vale Tudo show that was for SIX years and he fought EVERY week. His career was from the early 60's till 1985. I think that he really is one of the best fighters in HISTORY, and I hope this opens some peoples eyes to a legend of our sport, the best sport in the world.

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    The following is the introduction of a book being written about Euclides life by his translator Carlos and one of my good friends now.

    "Please, keep it all. Bring it with you. I was going to throw all that into a fire anyway. It's just the past, nobody seems to care anymore. Sometimes, I ask myself whether it all happened, or whether it was just a dream in my old head. If you find a way to let people know, fine. If not, I don't care at this point. Once I was so sad, looking to all those old papers, that I almost made a big fire with the whole thing. Maybe it would be better, if I would not see it anymore."
    -Euclides Pereira

    I heard those words from the sad looking old man, while he gave me a dusty album with hundreds of newspaper clips, plus packs and packs of old dusty pictures. Thats about all that has been left from his past, besides his own memories, and all that will forever stay in the memories of those who, like me, had the privilege to see him fight. The old man has the reputation of being a legend among legends in Brazilian Vale-Tudo (BVT). But his feats were very real, and most of them consisted in making other legends of BVT to face a rough reality. He was a legend destroyer, a myth destroyer. Paradoxically, now that BVT became known all over the world, he is not known by the new generations. I had a hard time to find him, in order to clarify the matter. He still lives in a very much hidden suburban area in Brasilia.

    End of what I will include from Carlos' book.

    How about this quote from Armando Wriedt 9th degree Black belt under Helio & one of the most prestige Gracie BB's ever...

    "With no doubts, Euclides was the most skilled, a complete Vale-Tudo fighter. Very good in the standing-up game. He threw well, he passed the guard well, nobody could put him in a leg lock, and he was very calm in the ring. Although he was a student of Jurandir, of Pedro Hermeterios lineage, I believe that Euclides was better than all of us of The Academia Gracie, since we use to learn jiu-jitsu to teach and he, to fight in Vale-Tudo. He had a natural talent for fighting, being beyond doubts the most technical fighter I have ever seen in action."

    I have links to pictures I will add and hopefully a blue named member can help me out :)
    I had doubted this man... But after meeting him, finding out his character, learning from him... I know he is legit UG. I can't wait for more and more people to find out about this guy. He is the most humble old man I have ever met, he is fun to be around, and incredible to learn from. He is one of the happiest, healthiest men I have ever witnessed. He is truly a "secret" legend. I am just trying to do my part of getting his name out there. After this last week and a half I know I was let in on an incredible piece of history. History that hardly anyone knows about except his generation that saw him fight in their time. It's a shame we haven't heard his name till now.

    I hope this read was worth while for ya!

    Oh and eat a lot of PUMPKIN, fruits, and greens... I know if he knew I was writing about him, and didn't tell you his secret to still working out at almost 70 he'd kick my butt... so eat pumpkin!
     
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    Here are the links to the Pictures!

    Sorry for the multiple post and the break in the writing. I had over 8000 charcters, the limit. Hope that wasn't too long winded. Hope you enjoyed it, opened your eyes to something new and incredible, and here are some pics.

    Euclides and I with his scrapbook
    http://i374.photobucket.com/albums/oo184/Justinthevikingwren/EuclidesandIScrapbook.jpg

    One of his scrapbooks
    http://i374.photobucket.com/albums/oo184/Justinthevikingwren/scrapbook.jpg

    Kicking Zulu to the body
    http://i374.photobucket.com/albums/oo184/Justinthevikingwren/zulubodykick.jpg

    A Glorious Career, pics of him fighting on a weekly Vale Tudo Show in Brazil
    http://i374.photobucket.com/albums/oo184/Justinthevikingwren/TVRingslide.jpg

    Defeating Carlson, Getting hand raised.
    http://i374.photobucket.com/albums/oo184/Justinthevikingwren/euclidesvscarlson.jpg

    Kiddos in the ring with Euclides after victory
    http://i374.photobucket.com/albums/oo184/Justinthevikingwren/Euclidesandkids.jpg

    Armando Quote from Tatame Mag
    http://i374.photobucket.com/albums/oo184/Justinthevikingwren/alieuclidesscrapbook.jpg

    Some Clippings
    http://i374.photobucket.com/albums/oo184/Justinthevikingwren/newspaperclippings.jpg
     
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    AMAZING! An Uknown legend!!!


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    Thanks Fred, Thanks Panic, Thanks everyone! I just feel honored to be the second fighter in the US to EVER meet him. This man works at a market with his wife selling things she sews for a living. He eats pumpkin... but also around 12 bananas a day because they are cheap. This guy lives in a VERY suburban part of Brazil ( I am going to visit and train!). The people from his town all know of him... We all know of The Gracies... I just think that Euclides is due credit, he is due some exposure... I am just fortuante to have met him. He is an inspiration to me, and thank you guys for taking the time to read this novel!

    Great idea on the documentary! I know that his biography is being written by a great guy.
     
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    This man needs to be known.
     
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    Ttt great read and awespme pics!!!!!!!!! Thanx for that ttt
     
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    Thanks talkshow, that was incredible. A real legend.
     
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    Thanks guys for reading. Justin Wren really did good by Euclides bringing this to our forums. I can't believe the man has been overlooked and at 69 years of age, I hope he is going to finally get his recognition as an important part of our fighting history.

    Euclide's Friend made a FB page for him. Add if you wish. :)

    Euclides Pereira Vale Tudo | Facebook
     
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    Cool!

    Great read! Would've been cool to see some of his matches. :)
     
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    Great read, and thanks very much for posting.
     
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    is he wearing a red and black belt at the end of that clip? who did he train under?
     
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    Quoted from the first page.

    "How about this quote from Armando Wriedt 9th degree Black belt under Helio & one of the most prestige Gracie BB's ever...

    "With no doubts, Euclides was the most skilled, a complete Vale-Tudo fighter. Very good in the standing-up game. He threw well, he passed the guard well, nobody could put him in a leg lock, and he was very calm in the ring. Although he was a student of Jurandir, of Pedro Hermeterios lineage, I believe that Euclides was better than all of us of The Academia Gracie, since we use to learn jiu-jitsu to teach and he, to fight in Vale-Tudo. He had a natural talent for fighting, being beyond doubts the most technical fighter I have ever seen in action."



    I have no idea who Jurandir or Pedro Hermeterios are, but then again I had no idea who Euclides was until an hour ago.
     
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    I think Jurandir was a George Gracie BB. And I posted in the MMA.Tv thread that the Carlson/Euclides fight was sketchy. It had weird rules, weird stuff happened and it was in Euclides backyard(Bahia). Outside of that, Euclides is a real interesting character.
     
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    I would love to read the book about his life, I hope it's well written !
     
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    Seriously, WHY haven't those people heard about Euclides? Good question. I'm Brazilian, so maybe that's why I've known about him for a long time, but I just always assumed everyone else did, too. Same way people know Zulu and Waldemar.
     
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    This is friggin amazing, If the Gracie clan kept this on the down low imagine what else they have kept under wraps.

    This guy seems like an interesting chatracter, someone has to get an in depth interview from this fellow!
     
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    For talkshowonmute, Pedro Hermeterio (aka Pedro Hemet
     
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    Cool name that fits in with grappling

     
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