Shooto Brazil returned to Rio de Janeiro with a good card.
The controversial man vs. woman was only a way to promote a campaign to stop violence against women, like MMAFighting.com reported on Thursday, but the real fights of the card delivered exciting action.
Changing a tradition that lasted more than a decade, Shooto Brazil replaced the ring with a cage. Nova Uniao’s Alexandre Pantoja (14-2) went in there and defended his flyweight title in the main event.
In a rematch against Lincoln de Sa (11-3), Pantoja controlled the pace of the fight and did enough to retain the title via unanimous decision.
Nova Uniao had a night to remember at Shooto Brazil 45. The 12-fight card in Campo Grande, Rio de Janeiro, had 12 fighters from Andre Pederneiras’ team, and it celebrated 11 wins. In the co-main event, Walmir Lazaro (11-2) stopped Wande Lopes (7-2) in the first round.
Andrius Hubaldo (10-8, 1 no-contest), Bruno Carvalho (9-4), Will Galvao (2-1), Matheus Nicolau (8-1-1), Hemerson Hubaldo (4-2), Felipe Jesus (3-1), Nikolas Motta (4-1), Ronaldo Candido (2-0) and Luciana Pereira (4-3) scored wins for Pederneiras’ team. Marcio Breno Braga (8-4) gave Nova Uniao its only loss at the event with a submission over Chris Murphy (0-1).
Check below the complete results for Shooto Brazil 45:
Alexandre Pantoja def. Lincoln de Sa via unanimous decision
Walmir Lazaro def. Wande Lopes via first-round KO
Andrius Hubaldo def. Willian Vitorio via unanimous decision
Bruno Carvalho def. Emerson Santos via third-round submission (guillotine choke)
Will Galvao def. Marcio Bruno Braga via via unanimous decision
Matheus Nicolau def. Wanderley Carvalho via unanimous decision
Hemerson Hubaldo def. Diogo Sotero via unanimous decision
Felipe Jesus def. Paulo Almeida via second-round TKO
Nikolas Motta def. Rafael Mota via first-round TKO
Marcio Breno Braga def. Chris Murphy via second-round submission (triangle choke)
Ronaldo Candido def. Fernando Guerra via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
Luciana Pereira def. Paula Baack via unanimous decision