International Vale Tudo Championship

The International Vale Tudo Championship (IVC) was a Vale Tudo and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting promotion based in Brazil starting in 1997.[1] The IVC was a fundamentally important platform in the promotion of Brazilian MMA in the late 1990s and early 2000s.[2]

International Vale Tudo Championship
IndustryMixed martial arts promotion
FoundedSão Paulo, Brazil (1997 (1997))
FounderSergio Batarelli
São Paulo
Key people
Sérgio Batarelli, Stephane Cabrera, Miquel Iturrate, Koichi Kawasaki, Stephen Quadros
OwnerBatarelli Fighting Promotions


The IVC was established in 1997 by Sérgio Batarelli after a disagreement between him Frederico Lapenda, with whom he had been co-promoter of the World Vale Tudo Championship (WVC).[2] Batarelli was a former kickboxing world champion and had Vale Tudo experience with a bout against Casimiro "Rei Zulu" de Nascimento Martins in 1984[3] and he decided to become involved in the business side of the nascent sport. He helped arrange UFC Brazil in 1998 and would become manager of multiple Brazilian MMA and K-1 fighters.[4] The IVC revealed many future stars of MMA such as Wanderlei Silva, José "Pelé" Landi-Jons, Renato Sobral, Johil de Oliveira, Artur Mariano, Ebenezer Fontes Braga, Branden Lee Hinkle, Carlos Barreto, Wallid Ismail, among others, and counted with recognized foreign fighters as well such as Chuck Liddell and Gary Goodridge.

The first events were no holds barred contests inspired by the Ultimate Fighting Championship[5] and gained an international reputation for its hardcore nature. It became one of the most important Vale Tudo tournaments in Brazil during its existence, and in the world just after the UFC and PRIDE Fighting Championships. While the UFC fights were held in an octagon, the IVC kept the normal ring shape but the lower ropes had a net to prevent fighters to fall off.[6] A fight lasted a maximum of 30 minutes.[7] It was not uncommon for fighters to get a hand broken, lose teeth, or receive cuts in their faces.[8] Head butts and groin strikes were not forbidden.[9] Head butts render fighters on the bottom in the guard position more vulnerable.[10] In a memorable fight in the first edition, Gary Goodridge stuck his feet inside Pedro Otávio's trunks and proceeded to crush his testicles, after they stood up, Goodridge kept trying to put his hands inside Pedro's trunks and keep smashing his testicles. Putting hands or feet inside the opponents shorts became illegal by the second event.[4] An IVC in 1999 concluded with 8 out of 10 matches finished with strikes.[11]

In 2003 the state of São Paulo (where the promotion was based) prohibited the sanctioning of the Vale Tudo, and the event entered an hiatus period after 16 events.

In January 2011, during an interview to channel Combate, Sergio Batarelli announced the return of the IVC in mid-2012 with a new ruleset based on the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, and acting as a feeder promotion to the UFC.[12] IVC returned via kickboxing on Saturday, August 20, 2016, in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil.[13] The main event at IVC 15 is Felipe Micheletti Vs. Rogelio Ortiz for the World Kickboxing Network super cruiserweight world title.[14][15][16] The event also included MMA and Kickboxing tournaments.[17][18] After IVC 15 there were no more events and the organization is currently on hiatus.[19]


Artur Mariano wins the Cruiserweight belt after defeating Wanderlei Silva with a doctor stoppage at IVC 2.

The organization held 16 events, including 3 international events, starting with IVC 14 in Caracas, Venezuela, and two small events in 2002 and 2003 in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Portugal respectively[20] before begin banned by the government of the state of São Paulo.

Event Date
IVC 1 - Real Fight Tournament July 6, 1997
IVC 2 - A Question of Pride September 15, 1997
IVC 3 - The War Continues December 10, 1997
IVC 4 - The Battle February 7, 1998
IVC 5 - The Warriors April 26, 1998
IVC 6 - The Challenge August 23, 1998
IVC 7 - The New Champions August 23, 1998
IVC 8 - The Road Back to the Top January 20, 1999
IVC 9 - The Revenge January 20, 1999
IVC 10 - World Class Champions April 27, 1999
IVC 11 - The Tournament is Back April 27, 1999
IVC 12 - The New Generation of Middleweights August 26, 1999
IVC 13 - The New Generation of Lightweights August 26, 1999
IVC 14 - USA vs. Brazil November 11, 2001
IVC - Rumble in Yougoslavia December 1, 2002
IVC - Starwars 1 March 22, 2003
IVC 15 - A New Era August 20, 2016


Sérgio Batarelli created the IVC as he perceived the new rules the UFC was adding were diluting what was a "real fight" and to keep the tradition of the original Vale Tudo going, as such, the IVC was a return to early rules-free Vale Tudo and UFC. Batarelli was the referee for all the matches. A common urban myth was that the IVC was totally rules-free and it only had a "honor code", but there were indeed official rules set by Batarelli, for example, the ban on putting hands or feet in the opponents trunks was made after the Goodridge match at IVC 1.[4]

General rulesEdit

  • The maximum duration of each fight is 30 minutes with only one round
  • Victory by Knockout, Technical Knockout, Submission or Decision.
  • Any fouls will result in desqualification


  • Biting
  • Eye-gouging
  • Fish-hooking
  • Holding the ropes excessivelly
  • Kicking if wearing wrestling shoes
  • Put hands or feet inside the opponent's trunks (From IVC 2 onwards)


Heavyweight championshipEdit

Weight limit: Unlimited
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1   Carlos Barreto
(def. Pedro Otavio)
April 27, 1999
(International Vale Tudo Championship 10)

Cruiserweight championshipEdit

Weight limit: 90 kg (198.4 lb; 14.2 st)
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1   Wanderlei Silva
(def. Eugene Jackson)
April 27, 1999
(International Vale Tudo Championship 10)

Middleweight ChampionshipEdit

Weight limit: 75 kg (165.3 lb; 11.8 st)
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1   José Landi-Jons
(def. Johil de Oliveira)
April 27, 1999
(International Vale Tudo Championship 11)

Lightweight championshipEdit

Weight limit: 60 kg (132.3 lb; 9.4 st)
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1   Rafael Cordeiro
(def. Henry Matamoros)
January 20, 1999
(International Vale Tudo Championship 9)

Superfight championshipEdit

No weight restrictions
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1   Carlos Barreto
(def. Gary Myers)
August 26, 1999
(International Vale Tudo Championship 12)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
2   Flavio Luiz Moura
(def. Milton Bahia)
August 26, 1999
(International Vale Tudo Championship 13)
Sao Paulo, Brazil


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  19. ^ "International Vale Tudo Championship - IVC | MMA Promoter". Tapology. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  20. ^ "International Vale Tudo Championship Fights, Fight Cards, Videos, Pictures, Events and more". Sherdog. Retrieved 2021-12-23.

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