It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Wallid Ismail on MiddleEasy. The truth is, Wallid Ismail is forever in the WWE post-fight announcement pose. Even when Wallid is insisting that he will bring his Jungle Fight promotions to the favelas of Brazil, he appears to be seconds from ripping your soul from your body and stealing your wallet. At UFC 106 I elbowed every ketchup bottle, vanilla scented candle and empty cereal box I could when Wallid Ismail made a celebrity appearance in Paulo Thiago’s corner. When Thiago grabbed the W and Wallid stepped in to translate for him, I was on the edge of my cheap Wal-Mart chair. It was like we were on Pepe beach all over again.
For those of you who don’t understand our fanaticism towards Wallid, then you may need to revist our list of the ‘Top Ten Fighters You Should Build a Shrine Too.’ We’ve even made shirts about Wallid, which are apparently the latest controversy on The Underground. In an interview with TATAME magazine, Wallid informs us that he plans to bring Jungle Fight directly to the UPP which is basically an area of Brazil identified by police as an impoverished criminal hotspot.
“Its already a done deal. [In 2012] every last weekend of each month is mine, is a Jungle Fight. If, by chance, there is a UFC, we will do the weekend before. We’ll even do events in the UPP [area] which will be crazy. We will be doing more than 12 events per year,”
“I wanted to mention that he [Francisco Dias, Brazilian social activist] is the author of this idea. He came to me and said, ‘Wallid, everybody is asking these events in the UPP. First I want you to take Jungle Fight for the UPP.’ I think that entrepreneurs have to invest in these communities because today there are more [law-abiding] communities and neighbourhoods [than there used to be].
“With the police presence, there are more communities, neighbourhoods that are surely going to need our full support… we will do [Jungle Fight in] the UPP, from September, every two months. The first should be in September in ‘Complexo do Alemão’ (‘The German Complex’). With everything going well in November or January we will be in ‘Cidade de Deus’ (‘the City of God’) and so on.”
When you’re in the company of Wallid Ismail, no one is allowed to be ‘cheeken’ or ‘fraid.’ It’s like a magical force-field develops around you that also forces the decibel of your voice to raise a few levels. [Source]