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Overeem, Rizzo, "Ninja," Monson and Speer part of Bitetti Combat 5

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A handful of notables, including former UFC heavyweight title challenger Pedro Rizzo, one-time top UFC heavyweight contender Jeff Monson and PRIDE veteran Murilo "Ninja" Rua, have been announced for the next installment of Bitetti Combat.

Bitetti Combat 5 takes place Dec. 12 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Rizzo (17-9), who defeated Monson via unanimous decision at Bitetti Combat 4 in September, meets Dutch PRIDE veteran Valentijn Overeem (26-24) in the night's headliner.

Overeem, who's defeated the likes of Renato "Babalu" Sobral (2000) and Randy Couture (2001) during his 14-year career, is the older brother of Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.

Rua (17-10-1), who looks to build off a 39-second knockout of Alex Stiebling at the latest Bitetti Combat show, takes on M-1 Challenge vet Jason Jones (14-7).

In other bouts, Monson (31-9) meets WEC vet Glover Teixeira (7-2), veteran Travis Wiuff (57-13) looks for his fourth straight win when he meets Brazilian Fabio Maldonado (12-3), and "The Ultimate Fighter 6" runner-up Tommy Speer (13-4) meets Eduardo Pamplona (12-2), a winner of seven straight.

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Post #1   11/24/09 10:28:26AM   

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Teixeira vs. Monson is very interesting. Speer is gonna get iced again.

Post #2   11/24/09 1:04:26PM   

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How are the rules similar/different in Bitetti, compared to the UFC? And, if you'll permit me to diverge a bit, are there any bare-knuckle-almost-no-rules types of promotions still in existence (in Brazil or anywhere)?

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Posted by scoozna

How are the rules similar/different in Bitetti, compared to the UFC? And, if you'll permit me to diverge a bit, are there any bare-knuckle-almost-no-rules types of promotions still in existence (in Brazil or anywhere)?

Rio Heroes was the last I think and it's shut down now.

Post #4   11/24/09 6:30:40PM   

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Nice to see the Snowman back in action. He will have his hands full though.

Post #5   11/24/09 7:15:16PM