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In Brazil, where an estimated 50 million people live in favelas, or slums, it’s common for a child to dream of changing his or her life through sports.

In years past, kids have aspired to follow in the footsteps of soccer idols like Romário and Ronaldo, both of whom were born in the Rio de Janeiro favelas. Nowadays, the popularity of mixed martial arts in Brazil and the growth of its international market have attracted more athletes from these poor communities who aim to become the next Wanderlei Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira or Anderson Silva.


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*one of the best reads in a long time*

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Post #1   5/12/09 2:02:49PM   

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Was a great read. Makes me think about Reaganomics and the fact that maybe on a scale as bad as some of these slums it can actually work pretty well. Let's hope for these poor kids it does, anyway.

Also- just wanted to throw in another word for Jacare. It's been quite a while since we've seen him in action, but man.. I can't wait to see what this guy does in MMA.

Post #2   5/12/09 10:56:06PM   

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That was a really interesting read.

Post #3   5/12/09 11:08:09PM   

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Has anyone seen the movie city of god. Gives a perspective of where these guys come from

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Posted by Drudinh

Has anyone seen the movie city of god. Gives a perspective of where these guys come from




great movie

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Posted by Jackelope

Was a great read. Makes me think about Reaganomics and the fact that maybe on a scale as bad as some of these slums it can actually work pretty well. Let's hope for these poor kids it does, anyway.

Also- just wanted to throw in another word for Jacare. It's been quite a while since we've seen him in action, but man.. I can't wait to see what this guy does in MMA.



You'll get to see him real soon, but the bad thing is he's going to lose to Miller when you do.

Post #6   5/13/09 9:43:35AM