RIO DE JANEIRO -- Shooto has a new welterweight world champion as Hernani Perpetuo defeated Tommy Depret in a 5-round war in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Perpetuo and Depret headlined Shooto 42, which took place inside of BOPE’s quarters on Sunday, in front of a crowd full of officers from Rio de Janeiro's military special force.
With former Sengoku champion Marlon Sandro in his corner, Perpetuo (17-3, 1 no-contest) connected the better kicks and punches in the first three rounds, but Depret (10-5) got the best of the striking in the last couple rounds while the Brazilian started to fade.
Depret even rocked Perpetuo once, but he didn’t get close to finish the fight. Perpetuo left the ring with several cuts and bruises on his face, but with the title on his shoulder after winning via unanimous decision after 25 minutes of pure kickboxing action.
In the co-main event, Roberto Amorim rocked Daniel de Franca early, knocking him down with only 15 seconds into the fight. The referee Eduardo Herdy decided it was enough and stopped the bout, but de Franca was right back up to protest the early stoppage.
Some police officers also fought inside the Shooto ring, but the night wasn’t that good for the military police.
Eduardo Betini, an agent from the military police, was controlling the fights with kicks, but Evelasio Puma countered with a left hook and knocked him out cold with less than a minute in the bout.
BOPE sergeant Felix Mau Mau was the next one in action, and he got dominated by Danilo Guerreiro in the first two rounds. Mau Mau took Guerreiro down and worked on the ground and pound on the final round, and the other police officers on the attendance started with the death chants. He couldn’t finish Guerreiro, but was happy enough to leave the ring with a split draw he didn’t deserve.
Juan Blindado, a soldier from Choque (BOPE’s unit focused on the control of civil disturbances), also left the ring without the win -- but he also didn’t lose. After being dominated during the first five minutes against the Cuba native Guillermo Martinez, Blindado wasn’t able to return after getting poked in the eye on the second round, and the bout was declared a no-contest.
The only police officers to win were Everton Gigante and Cristiano Gonçalves. Gigante needed only 2:07 to tap Walter Mazurkievicz with a nasty knee bar. With UFC champion Jose Aldo on his corner, Gonçalves had to work more, defeating Bruno Batista via unanimous decision.
Hernani Perpétuo def. Tommy Depret via unanimous decision
Walmir Lazaro def. Chris Wilson via second-round TKO
Roberto Amorim def. Daniel de Franca via first-round TKO
Everton Gigante def. Walter Mazurkievicz via first-round submission (knee bar)
Christiano Gonçalves def. Bruno Batista via unanimous decision
Juan Blindado vs. Guillermo Martinez - No Contest
Danilo Guerreiro vs. Félix Mau Mau – split draw
Evelasio Puma def. Eduardo Betini via first-round KO
Nikolas Motta def. Pety Maffort via unanimous decision
Renilson Carvalho def. Wanderson Cabeça via first-round KO
Alexandre Pescoço def. Daniel Abelha via first-round submission (arm-triangle choke)