Trainer of Gabriel Gonzaga and founder of Team Link, Jiu-Jitsu black belt Marco Alvan will see some action of his own. The challenge, against UFC fighter Jorge Rivera, will be in a special submission grappling matchup at New England Grappling Championship. The event is set for February 6 in Rhode Island.
“I’m a Jiu-Jitsu fan. I love this sport and believe it’s the most complete martial art. I hope to give the fans a Jiu-Jitsu show. May we see the essence of the style, which is to end the fight with a submission,” Alvan told MMAWeekly.
“Jorge is a reference as a fighter and a person. I have a lot of respect for him and it’s an honor to compete against him. I hope to make it a good dispute,” adds the trainer, who has been living in the United States since 2001.
To Rivera, win or lose, what is important is that the showdown will serve as preparation for his next fight, as he is set to face Nate Quarry at UFC Fight Night 21, on March 31.