“Jacare” Cavalcanti & Fabio Gurgel with the 1rst place team trophy at the 2008 BJJ Mundials.
Confirming reports that have surfaced online, Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti, the head of Brazilian jiu-jitsu powerhouse team Alliance in the United States, has indeed been suffering health issues and was recently admitted to an Atlanta area hospital. Jacare had been experiencing a range of unusual health symptoms like weakness and chills and began to lose weight. After two trips to the emergency room in recent weeks, he was finally hospitalized to stabilize the unexplained weight loss and weakness he has experienced. After a thorough battery of tests and procedures, no clear picture of the cause of his symptoms have appeared. While cancer appears to have been ruled out, at the moment the only noteworthy results from lab exams show an unusual potassium and magnesium deficiency.
Jacare is one of Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s great leaders, having helped lead Alliance alongside Fabio Gurgel. Alliance took first place at the Brazilian jiu-jitsu World Championships in 2008 and second place in 2007. Last December, Alliance was elected the top BJJ team of 2008 by voters here on thefightworkspodcast.com. Some of jiu-jitsu’s top competitors come from Alliance, like Marcelo Garcia, Tarsis Humphreys, Chris Moriarty, Sergio Moraes, Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, and many others.
Jacare remains in the hospital today after being admitted a week ago. Family, please keep Jacare in your thoughts. We at The FightWorks Podcast will be wishing him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him at the 2009 Pan-Ams.