Bitetti closes with Overeem and negotiates with Sakuraba and Kondo

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The fight hasn’t yet been confirmed, but the organizers of Bitetti Combat are trying to bring in Japanese superstar Kazushi Sakuraba to face Paulo Filho at the February 25 event in Brasilia.

This week Alex Hooligan, the man responsible for negotiating with Japanese fighters for the event, travelled to the Land of the Rising Sun to try and seal a deal with the Japanese fighter.

Yuki Kondo, who holds victories over such stiff competition as Zé Mário Sperry, Saulo Ribeiro and Semmy Schilt, is another Japanese standout who may feature at the event.

Sakuraba against Vitor Belfort. Japanese fighter may do battle in Brazil. Photo: Susumu Nagao

“Sakuraba has already said he’ll fight and Paulão too. All that’s left to do is come to financial terms.  Yuki Kondo also wants to come over and we’ll try and bring the both of them. But I’m warning that nothing is set in stone, so far it’s just negotiations we’re optimistic about because the fighters have shown real interest. If he doesn’t face Sakuraba, Paulão should fight Marvin Eastman. But we will do everything to bring the two Japanese fighters over, ” Amaury Bitetti told

If Sakuraba and Kondo are just possibilities, the prosecutor confirmed the opponent of Fabio Maldonado.

” Fabio fights Valentijn Overeem. We wanted to match Overeem with Pedro Rizzo, but Pedrão won’t be able to fight in Brasilia, “he says.

Check out how is the card for Bitetti Combat is shaping up:

Bitetti Combat 6
Brasilia, Brazil

February 25, 2010

Glover Teixeira vs Jeff Monson
Fabio Maldonado
vs Valentijn Overeem
Cristiano Marcello vs Luciano Correa Izzy
Ediene “India” Gomes vs Amanda Nunes

Luiz Firmino “Buscapé” vs Francisco Drinaldo “Massaranduba”
Paulo Filho
Danillo “Indio” Villefort

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