A light heavyweight tussle between Ricardo Arona (13-5 MMA) and Marvin Eastman (16-9-1 MMA) will headline the upcoming Bitetti Combat 4 card on Saturday. The event takes place in Rio de Janiero, Brazil and features a handful MMA notables.
MMA FanHouse confirmed the entire scheduled fight card with Bitetti Combat.
Bitetti Combat, a promotion started by UFC veteran Amaury Bitetti, will broadcast live on Brazilian network television. The entire card will consist of ten bouts. Integrated into the card are big names such as Murilo “Ninja” Rua, Jeff Monson, Pedro Rizzo, Paulo Filho, as well as the aforementioned Arona and Eastman.
Initially scheduled to fight on the card was Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who was forced to bow out of a bout with Alex Stiebling due to an ailing foot injury.
Arona is returning after a long layoff in his MMA career. This former top light heavyweight has not fought since a knockout loss to Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in April of 2007. Most know Arona from the PRIDE promotion where he was infamously slammed unconscious on his head by Quinton Jackson.
His opponent, Eastman, is coming off of a May TKO win over Aron Lofton in the MFC promotion. Despite the recent win, he is 1-2 in his previous three fights with losses coming at the hands of UFC vets Denis Kang and Drew McFedries.
Bitetti Combat 4 – Full fight card
Saturday, September 12, 2009 – Rio de Janiero, Brazil
- Ricardo Arona vs. Marvin Eastman
- Paulo Filho vs. Alex Schoenauer
- Pedro Rizzo vs. Jeff Monson
- Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Alex Stiebling
- Luciano Azevedo vs. Milton Vieira
- Fabio Maldonado vs. Vitor Miranda
- Luciano Izzy vs. Alexandre Pimentel
- Leonardo Lucio Nascimento vs. Glover Teixeira
- Cassiano Tytschyo vs. Leandro Silva
- Henrique Nogueira vs. Eduardo Pamplona
Pictured: Ricardo Arona