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Thursday, Mar 27, 2003

Bitetti Combat 2 Shows The Evolutionof Brazilian Northeastern Fighters

Bitetti Combat 2 Shows the Evolution
of Brazilian Northeastern Fighters

By Eduardo Alonso

The second edition of Bitetti Combat Nordeste took place this past Thursday, March 20th, and FCF was there to bring you all the action as always! Due to poor weather conditions a crowd of little more than 5,000 spectators showed up at the huge Machadinho arena, still guaranteeing a good public on hand. However, those 5,000 on hand were very noisy and supported the local fighters through the eight fights of the night, and there were plenty of local talents performing. With a massive coverage of the local press, the presence of “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort, who is a popular celebrity in Brazil and made his debut as an NHB referee in the first two fights [The other referees were Amaury Bitetti and IVC veteran Artur Mariano], and some intriguing fights on the card, there were plenty of attractions at the event. All in all Bitetti Combat 2 truly delivered and showed a considerable improvement from the first edition. The production side of it was very satisfactory, including Kipp Kollar’s help providing the gloves for the fighters, although some mistakes were present that will hopefully be corrected for the next edition. Promoters Amaury Bitetti and Conrado Carlos are promising a better one for the next event, and by doing so they’ll consolidate Bitetti Combat as the second best event in South America, right behind MECA, so let’s wait for Bitetti Combat 3! Here’s a brief rundown of the fights, including the Terere’s controversial loss, and as always see the next edition of FCF for more details on the show!

  • Paulo Guerreiro vs. Sergio Capoeira:
    Belfort referees Guerreiro (right, against the ropes) vs. Capoeira
    Belfort referees
    Guerreiro (right) vs. Capoeira

    The night of fights was kicked off by this clash between a Muay Thai fighter and a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Capoeira started the fight well dominating with takedowns and using ground and pound. However Guerreiro is used to taking punishment and turned around things managing to keep the fight standing and earning a judges’ decision after three rounds.

  • Josenildo vs. Rivellino: This fight saw another reversal of fortunes as Rivellino started off better only to see Josenildo make a comeback and dominate the stand up action until he got a knockout from punches still in the first round!
  • Wallace vs. Lokynha: In an action-packed fight Lokynha was surprisingly game as he brought it to Wallace on the ground and standing up! The fight was very competitive until the Chute Boxe black belt managed to get the better of Lokynha standing and punished him on the ground until he could take no more in the second round.
  • Tiago Pitbull vs. Carlos Indio: Tiago Pitbull proved once again he is very talented. Using his superior Muay Thai and ring skills, he controlled the distance and avoided all of Indio’s rushes, slowly punishing him with all sorts of strikes through two rounds, until Indio alleged that he suffered a low blow, that (according to all present including the referee) didn’t really happen, and refused to continue in the fight that he was going to lose anyway.
  • Lucas Lopes vs. Antonio Samurai:
    Lopes on top of Samurai
    Lopes on top of Samurai

    As an underdog, Antonio Samurai tested Lucas Lopes well, giving him trouble in the first round with good stand up striking sequences, until Lucas Lopes showed how tough he is and used his experience to deliver a solid ground and pound game opening a major cut on Samurai’s eyebrow and forcing him to quit on the second round.

  • Claudionor Fontinelli vs. Rivanio Aranha: A showman in all senses. This is what Fontinelli is! From his ring entrance to his ring showdown Claudionor captured the attention of everyone in the arena and gave his all standing up against a tough as nails Aranha. Both battled mostly standing up, with some short periods on the ground, for two rounds with Fontinelli getting the better until Aranha suffered an injury to his knee and couldn’t continue.
  • Tibau vs. Fernando Terere:
    Terere kicking Tibau
    Terere kicking Tibau

    This was most certainly the most anticipated and probably the most exciting fight of the evening. For three rounds both guys fought with the crowd literally going nuts and both had their moments. To his credit Tibau, who is a very good fighter, dominated the second round by avoiding takedowns and attempting a very dangerous armbar from the guard in the first round that lasted more than a minute! But Terere’s game was impressive for a newcomer, doing some ground and pound, dominating most of the stand up, even cutting his opponent below the left eye and continually advancing forward during the entire fight. After the three rounds were over, it took more than five minutes for a decision to be rendered, and it was announced as a 2- 1 split for Tibau, causing a lot of controversy and animosity in the arena. Don’t miss a full report in the next issue of FCF!

  • Silmar Rodrigo vs. Johil de Oliveira: Against a more experienced opponent, Silmar Rodrigo showed great composure and the signs of a matured fighter ready for bigger challenges. He took Johil down at will during the entire fight and worked a ground and pound game, taking few risks controlling the pace and winning a well deserved judges’ decision over the seasoned IVC and PRIDE veteran. He will most certainly be back at the next Bitetti Combat.

Don’t miss a full report with more details on all that went down at Bitetti Combat 2, straight from Natal in Brazil in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter, where you always find the Undefeated No Holds Barred news coverage of the world!

From the event’s promoter:

RITC 46 – Results
US Marine Sergeant Justin Nauling Named FOTN

33 fighters checked in for our mid-week version of Rage in the Cage. 14 matches, with 16 debut fighters, "rocked" Graham Central Station before a standing room only crowd.

The most dramatic moment of the evening occurred when Adrian Foster scored a devastating knock out just 15 seconds into round 1 with a kick that landed flush to the head of his opponent.

It was very fitting that United States Marine Sergeant Justin Nauling was named fighter of the night (FOTN). Justin scored an impressive round 2 submission victory over the #4 ranked RITC middleweight. This extends Justin’s unbeaten streak to 3 with all wins by submission. Other candidates for FOTN honors were Ed West, Greg Rodriguez, Jamie Varner, Joe Vigil, Sean Brandt, Jeremiah Shivers, Gabe Rivas, Allen Branson, Adrian Foster, Herb Garcia and Cory Timmerman.


Ed West (143 lbs), Hinzman’s Martial Arts
won by submission (arm bar), 1:16 Rd 1
Troy Tolbert (138 lbs), Leininger Dojo

Greg Rodriguez (145 lbs), Pinal Martial Arts
won by submission (ankle lock), 2:40 Rd 1
Oscar Rosas (140 lbs), Brausa Academy

Jamie Varner (158 lbs), Mahatos
won by decision (3 – 0)
Carlos Ortega (154 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

Joe Vigil (156 lbs), Team Phoenix
won by submission (choke), 2:38 Rd 1
Brian Salinas (150 lbs), Brausa Academy

Sean Brandt (164 lbs), Brausa Academy
won by submission (choke), 2:21 Rd 2
Greg Palomo (158 lbs), Freestyle

Jeremiah Shivers (168 lbs), Steve Judson BJJ/Leininger Dojo
won by submission (choke), :52 Rd 1
Michael Ptak (170 lbs), Brausa Academy

Gabe Rivas (165 lbs), Pinal Martial Arts
won by submission (arm bar), 1:21 Rd 1
Adam Millican (173 lbs), Brausa Academy

Justin Nauling (168 lbs), Brausa Academy
won by submission (arm bar), 2:03 Rd 2
Ray Elbe (175 lbs), Team Phoenix

Allen Branson (180 lbs), Freestyle
won by submission (arm bar), 1:08 Rd 1
David Raymond (179 lbs), Brausa Academy

Eric Markoff (175 lbs), Leininger Dojo
won by ref stoppage (strikes), 1:20 Rd 1
Jason Collinsworth (180 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

Adrian Foster (190 lbs), Team Phoenix
won by KO, :15 Rd 1
Kristian Marki (180 lbs), Freestyle

Rocky Revel (204 lbs), Debrazil/Rey Diogo
won by submission (choke), 1:51 Rd 1
Pete Morales (195 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

Herb Garcia (305 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
won by submission (strikes), 1:25 Rd 1
Wayland Berry (263 lbs), Brausa Academy

Cory Timmerman (311 lbs), Brausa Academy
won by submission (arm bar), 1:13 Rd 1
Jason Wallace (263 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

Upcoming Events:

RITC 47 – Unstoppable
Saturday, Apr 12, 2003
Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)
Call 602-267-1600 to order tickets now

Saturday, May 3, 2003
Casa Grande

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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