Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 12/18/13
Shooto Brazil is under fire for promoting an upcoming mixed gender MMA fight featuring Emerson Falcao taking on Juliana Velasquez in a bantamweight contest at Shooto 45.The pair will square off in the controversial mixed martial arts bout Dec. 20 in which the promoters are calling the "First Male vs. Female Fight in MMA History," reports Bleacher Report.Shooto President Andre Pederneiras has yet to explain whether any special rules will be in place for the contest and the promoters have been busy hyping it as a professional MMA fight via Twitter and Facebook before the ground rules are made public.Falcao trains at Nova Uniao under Pederneiras along with UFC champions Jose Aldo and Renan Barao. He is a bantamweight fighter with a 0-1 professional record. In April, he made his professional debut at Upper Sport Combat 2, where he was submitted in the first round by Benny Black.Judoka style fighter Velasquez will be making her professional MMA debut.@portaldovt @TATAMEMAGAZINE @graciema...
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