Thales Leites will replace Paulo Filho at Bitetti Combat 6 this February 25 at Nilson Nelson gymnasium in Brasilia.
“Paulão is taking care of his personal problems and, together, we came to the decision. I think that Thales is a perfect alternative, a fighter who recently fought for the UFC belt, the biggest event in the world. He is trained and was eager to fight. The opponent will be the same one, Japan’s Yuki Sasaki. Paulão will return to fight in Bitetti Combat whenever he wants, there is no resentment. He even guaranteed that he will fight, displaying a very professional attitude. But we had best put it on hold. He’ll be back at an upcoming event,” said Amaury Bitetti.
“I’ve wanted to fight since the Maracanãzinho event. I’m in shape because I’m going to dispute the MFC belt in April,” says Thales Leites.
Another change to the card will be to Fabio Maldonado’s fight. Valentijn Overeem was injured and is unable to fight.
“It was all right, Valentijn had confirmed everything, but he said he got hurt. What can we do? In the UFC, going on today in Australia, Cro Cop’s opponent was changed at the last minute. The same happened in the Rolles fight. These things happen all over the world and are beyond our control. We called up the striker Guto Inocente, who is there in Brasilia. A lot of folks there had already been asking for him to be added to the card and think it will be a good fight,” says organizer Fernando Miranda, who ensures that all the other bouts are confirmed.
Check out how the card stands now:
Bitetti Combat 6
Nilson Nelson Gymnasium, Brasilia, Brazil
February 25, 2010
Thales Leites vs Yuki Sasaki
Glover Teixeira vs Jeff Monson
Fabio Maldonado vs Guto Inocente
Cristiano Marcello vs Emiliano Cobra Vatt
Ediene “India” Gomes vs Amanda Nunes
Luiz Firmino “Buscapé” vs Francisco Drinaldo “Massaranduba”
Danillo “Indio” Villefort vs Cassiano Tytschyo
Yuri Villefort vs Julio Cesar Merenda
Leandro Batata vs Gustavo “Blaze” Sampaio
Felipe Arinelli “Mongo” vs Luis Cesar “The Lion