This weekend an unprecedented event was experienced in Brazil after two politicians decided to resolve their conflicts by beating themselves up i
This weekend an unprecedented event was experienced in Brazil after two politicians decided to resolve their conflicts by beating themselves up in a combat of mixed martial arts (MMA) held in a school gymnasium and was broadcast on social networks live for free to hundreds of viewers. It all started with a crossover of statements that led to this unexpected end.
To understand what happened, we must go back to September of this year, when Simão Peixoto, the mayor of Borba, a municipality in the state of Amazonas located 190 kilometers south of Manaus, received strong criticism from a former councilor who complained about the lack of conservation of a water park.
Erineu da Silva, 45, called the official a “scoundrel” and a “scoundrel” and this unleashed an intersection of statements between the two that reached the point where the mayor published a video challenging the former councilor to beat each other. Criticism immediately rained down from the inhabitants of the Brazilian municipality who understood that the level of violence was not adequate and that is why Peixoto better planned his strategy.
“I am not a street fighter … I am the mayor of the Borba municipality”, wrote in early November on his Facebook account in which he announced that the fight would take place in the gym of a local school, under the rules of MMA, with a referee and spectators. In this way, he sought to give a less savage framework to the dispute. “If you really want to fight… we are ready to fight… I have always been a winner,” the 39-year-old official said at the time.
Both politicians have since prepared physically and mentally for the confrontation that took place this week and which had dozens of attendees in the gym and hundreds of users who followed the action through a live broadcast on social networks. After three rounds of pure violence, Peixoto was declared the winner by the judges, although several impartial assistants pointed out that Da Silva had had a better performance., especially for having hit the mayor several kicks to the face.
In addition, the site BNC Amazon reported that Peixoto was very threatening at all times with gestures in the ring, such as that of run his thumb over his throat while looking at his opponent’s corner. Signal that was criticized by several of those present. Although, once the contest was over, both rivals greeted each other, congratulated each other and assured that the objective of this event was to promote the sport.