Photo: Sherdog - "Big" John McCarthy was in Brazil to referee "Bitetti Combat 4" - Arona defeats Eastman
Photo: Sherdog - Ricardo Arona defeats Marvin Eastman by unanimous decision. "Big" John McCarthy was in Brazil to serve as referee.

On Sept. 12, 2009, “Bitetti Combat Nordeste 4” took place at the Maracanazinho Gymnasium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ricardo Arona returned to the cage after a two-and-a-half year absence to face Marvin Eastmen in the main event. The first two rounds were close, and going into the third round most had it scored one round each. Arona sealed his fate in the final round by landing some strikes and then scoring a takedown to win the unanimous decision.

In other bouts, Paulo Filho won a lackluster unanimous decision over Alex Schoenauer and Pedro Rizzo defeated Jeff Monson also by unanimous decision. Alex “The Brazilian Killa” Stiebling failed to live up to his nickname as Murilo “Ninja” Rua sent the UFC and PRIDE veteran to the canvas with a first round knockout.

Bitetti Combat 4 – results:

  • Ricardo Arona (14-5) def. Marvin Eastman (16-10-1) via Unanimous Decision
  • Paulo Filho (18-1) def. Alex Schoenauer (14-10) via Unanimous Decision
  • Pedro Rizzo (17-9) def. Jeff Monson (31-9) via Unanimous Decision
  • Murilo “Ninja” Rua (17-10-1) def. Alex Stiebling (18-11-1, 1 NC) via KO (Head Kick and Punches) in Round 1
  • Milton “Miltinho” Viera (10-6-1) def. Luciano Azavedo (15-8) via Split Decision
  • Fabio Maldonado (12-3) def. Vitor Miranda (4-2) via Unanimous Decision
  • Glover Texeira (7-2) def. Leonardo “Chocolate” Nascimento (7-6-1) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round 1
  • Luis “Besouro” Dutra Jr. (9-2-1) def. Henrique “Chocolate” Nogueira (6-5-1) via TKO (Punches) in Round 1
  • Cassiano Tytschyo (14-6) def. Fausto Black (3-2) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round 1
  • Alexandre “Pulga” Pimentel (8-0) def. Luciano “Izzy” Correa (1-2) via Unanimous Decision

TH: Sherdog

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