Paulo Filho and “Ninja” Rua win at “Bitetti Combat 5” – full results and videos

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – While most of us here in the U.S. were focused on UFC 107 Saturday night, “Bitetti Combat 5” was taking place at Barueri Gymnasium in São Paulo, Brazil. The event saw former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho (19-1) pick up his 19th victory with a first round tapout of Japan’s Tatsuhiko Nishizaka (6-4-4) in the main event.

In the co-main event refereed by Pedro Rizzo, the brother of the UFC’s “Shogun” Rua, Murilo “Ninja” Rua (18-10-1), took on Golden Glory’s Jason Jones (14-8). “Ninja” seemed to get off to a slow start, but ultimately got the better of Jones, took his back, flattened him out, and pounded out a second round TKO victory.

Here are the full results from “Bitetti Combat 5” which took place Dec. 12, 2009:

•Carina Damm def. Daiana Silva dos Santos by TKO (Punches) Rd 3 (3:27)
•Francimar Bodao def. Alessandro Stefano by TKO (Punches) Rd 1 (1:50)
•Cassiano Tytschyo def. Shane Williams by Submission (Guillotine Choke) Rd 1 (4:00)
•Gustavo Machado def. Rico Washington Sr. by Decision (Unanimous) Rd 3 (5:00)
•Fabio Maldonado def. Fernando Tressino by TKO (Retirement) Rd 2 (5:00)
•Murilo Rua def. Jason Jones by TKO (Punches) Rd 2 (3:20)
•Paulo Filho def. Tatsuhiko Nishizaka by Submission (Kimura) Rd 1 (3:00)

Videos of Filho vs. Nishizaka and “Ninja” vs. Jones after the jump…

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DREAM 10 betting odds

BetUS.com has the fight lines for DREAM 10 which takes place Mon., July 20, 2009 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event will air live on HDNet beginning at 3:00 AM ET/12:00 AM PT.

The odds-makers seem to have overlooked the fact that Jesse Taylor (12-3) is on a six fight win streak. Yes, Dong Sik Yoon’s (4-6) record is a bit misleading due to the level of talent he has faced, but the fact remains, Jesse Taylor is a tough strong kid with a lot of momentum.

Marius Zaromskis (9-2) is a huge underdog against the ultra-experienced Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (35-8-2). However, if Zaromskis could pull it off, anyone betting on him would pad their wallet nicely. Here are the comlete betting odds for DREAM 10:

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DREAM 10 press conference

Even though the DREAM 10 press conference took place in Japan and the announcers speak Japanese, a few of the fighters speak English so there is a little something here for everyone. This should be a great night of fights. Be sure to follow along with us here tonight as we will be doing a play-by-play.
Part 1

Part 2 after the jump…

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Paulo Filho talks overcoming addiction and fighting Melvin Manhoef at DREAM 10

Paulo Filho will be back in action tonight at DREAM 10 against Melvin Manhoef. In this new interview Filho says he had to make a choice between life and death and he chose life. He was hospitalized for a short period due to depression caused by his addiction to the drug Rohypnol. Please like & … Read more

DREAM 10: Welterweight Grand Prix Final Round airs live from Japan on HDNet July 20

If you have HDNet, then Monday morning July 20, you will be able to watch the final round of the DREAM welterweight grand prix. Beginning at 3:00 AM ET, DREAM 10 will broadcast live from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

PRO MMA (promma.info) will be up bright and early doing the live play-by-play commentary. So make a note to be here with us and follow along and interact with other fans as you watch the action.

The winner of Hayato Sakurai and Marius Zaronskis will take on the winner of Andre Galvao and Jason High to become the first ever DREAM Middleweight Champion.

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Chael Sonnen got his belt

Sonnen punches Filho at the belt

by:  Jack Bratcher

Chael Sonnen revealed to host Larry Pepe last night on Pro MMA Radio that he had indeed received the WEC Middleweight Belt from Paulo Filho following his defeat of the overinflated Filho at WEC 36 on November 5th.  

Originally scheduled as a WEC Middleweight Title Fight, Filho could not make the 185 lb. weight limit and therefore according to the rules the bout could not be a title fight.  

If you wondered why Paulo Filho looked flat during the fight (understatement of the year) the answer most certainly lies in his problems trying to make weight.

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Paulo Filho Cut From Contract

MMAWeekly.com has reported that Paulo Filho has been released from his contract and will not move into the UFC.

The news comes off the heels of him not making weight for his scheduled WEC Middleweight Title defense at WEC 36 against Chael Sonnen.

Not making weight combined with one of the worst performances in recent memory seemed to be enough to warrant a release from his Zuffa contract.

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Chael Sonnen to receive WEC Middleweight Belt

by:  Jack Bratcher

Following Paulo Filho’s inability to make weight topped with his losing performance at WEC 36, fans said the Brazilian champ should relinquish his title.

Apparently in agreement, the Filho camp plans to do just that. Filho’s manager, Ed Soares, said he planned to ship the WEC Middleweight Title belt to Chael Sonnen as soon as possible according to a new blog from Josh Gross.

Even though the bout between Filho and Sonnen was a non-title bout due to Filho’s fault of missing weight, the Filho camp agreed to give the belt to Sonnen in he were to win.

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Filho moving to L.A. – Wants rematch then a move to LHW

by:  Jack Bratcher

Former WEC Middleweight Champion, Paulo Filho, was clearly not himself on Oct. 5 at WEC 36 when he gave up a unanimous decision to Chael Sonnen and lost his title.

It was Filho’s first professional loss in seventeen fights since turning pro in 2000. It was a highly uncharacteristic performance that left everyone scratching their heads in confusion.

The good news is Paulo Filho is taking the loss exactly the way you would expect a champion to take it. Filho told Tatame on Thursday, ““What can I do, it’s sad… The fact is that I have no excuses, he (Sonnen) went there and did his job to neutralize me and that’s what happened, he did the right job and he has all merits… It was good to give me a new spirit.”

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