Shooto Brazil ends year with one more title holder

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Eduardo Dantas comes up with fine finish. Photos: Carlos Ozório.

André Pederneiras, the president of the Shooto South America promotion, closed out the year with the organization’s twentieth installment in Brazil. And of the six bouts on the card, one featured an inaugural title fight and the other a former UFC fighter.

In the under 52 kg title fight, serving also as the final of the divisional GP, Lincoln Sá took the glory by unanimous decision over Maicon William. Sá started out behind in the first, but got the better of the action in the two rounds that followed. He landed solid takedowns and worked well from the top, mainly form the half guard. Maicon threw caution to the win throughout, always threatening with heel-hook attempts that were snug but well defended, but it wasn’t enough.

Lincoln de Sá celebrates.

Former UFC fighter Antonio Samuray did a good job in the standup department. He landed pain-inducing kicks, concussive knees, and was only in any danger when Amenilson Negão shot for takedowns. But after two rounds of punishment from Samuray, Negão did not return for a third round.

Dudu Dantas was supposed to have defended his bantamweight belt. However, Carlos Betão suffered an injury the week of the fight. So in came Samuel de Sousa, who took the initiative and attacked launched a standup assault that ended when Dantas pulled guard and promptly put an end to the action with an armbar, just twenty seconds into the affair.

Samuray high kick

Leandro Sete Bala was getting the worst of his altercation with Revellis Barcellos, who was winning by way of repeated takedowns. In the third round, though, Sete Bala managed a takedown of his own, mounted, got back mount and handily ended the action with a rear-naked choke. In other fights, Jefferson connected in the opening seconds with a resounding punch to D’Branco, following up with a takedown, mount and barrage of strikes that ended the bout. Leandro Batata landed powerful strikes in the standup action, with neatly-crafted combinations, that resulted in a possible hand fracture, and carried out repeated takedowns on his way to a unanimous decision win over Edivaldo Oliveira.

Check out the results:

Shooto Brazil 20
December 11, 2011
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Eduardo Dantas (Nova União) submits Samuel de Sousa via armbar in R1

Leandro Batata (Nova União) defeates Edivaldo Oliveira via unanimous decision

Lincoln de Sá (Art Combat) defeats Maicon Willian (Nocaute) via unanimous decision

Leandro Sete Bala (Nova União) submits Reveilis Barcellos (Peterson Mello) via rear-naked choke in R3

Antonio Samuray defeats Emenilson Negão (Nova União) via TKO (desistance between rounds two and three)

Jefferson (RVT) defeats Francisco D´Branco (Beto Padilha) via TKO in R1

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