Former WEC champion and Pride veteran Paulo Filho picked up his third straight victory since suffering his lone career defeat to Chael Sonnen, and fellow Pride veteran Murilo “Ninja” Rua picked up his second straight victory at Saturday night’s Bitetti Combat 5 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Filho submitted his opponent Tatsushiko Nishizaka in the first round of their contest (video below), while Rua battled back from an early onslaught by Golden Glory product Jason Jones to earn a TKO victory in the third round of that fight.
An expected matchup between heavyweights Jeff Monson and Glover Teixeira was canceled on Friday after a pending legal case in the US prevented Monson from leaving the country. That bout has been rescheduled for a later date. Also, expected combatant Pedro Rizzo was forced to withdraw from the event due to tendinitis in his elbow.
Full Bitetti Combat 5 Results:
- Paulo Filho def. Tatsushiko Nishizaka via submission (kimura) — 3:00 Round 1
- Murilo “Ninja” Rua def. Jason Jones via TKO — 3:20 Round 3
- Fábio Maldonado def. Fernando Tressino via TKO — 3:40 Round 2
- Gustavo Ximu def. Ricco Washington via unanimous decision
- Francimar “Bodão” def. Alessandro “Alemão” Steffen via TKO — 1:55 Round 1
- Cassiano Tytscho def. Shane Williams via submission (guillotine choke) — 4:00 Round 1
- Carina Damm def. Daiana Silva via TKO — 3:27 Round 3