Edinaldo Oliveira (left) took it to Edson Franca. | Photo: G.
SALVADOR, Brazil -- WFE Platinum’s ninth edition crowned Edinaldo
“Lula Molusco” Oliveira the new heavyweight champion of the
promotion, as the Junior dos
Santos training partner knocked out Edson
“Conterraneo” Franca at 4:57 of the second round.
Following an exchange of polemical quotes and an entertaining
moment during the weigh-ins when the shorter Conterraneo stood on a
chair to look deep into his 6-foot-6 opponent’s eyes, those in
attendance were rewarded with a fantastic display of combat
Oliveira capitalized on his reach advantage on the feet and
defended takedowns throughout the contest.
Lula trapped Conterraneo in a corner of the cage, where he punished
his opponent with punches until referee Marcio
Bittencourt stopped the duel with only three seconds remaining
in the second frame.
“I worked really hard for this fight; I entered the [cage] very
focused,” said Lula. “I trained a lot with Junior dos Santos, and
if you train with a guy like that you feel like you can beat
Looking forward to UFC
131 on June 11, when he’ll face Shane
Carwin, dos Santos congratulated Lula immediately after the
“He won a belt before me,” joked Cigano. “He works hard and you can
see the results in the [cage]. He trains with tough guys and I’m
sure he’ll have a brilliant future. He is undefeated and we’re
looking for a spot in a major international event for him.”
Azevedo, the only man to beat UFC featherweight champion
Aldo, faced the dangerous Diego Braga
in a much-anticipated fight.
Azevedo (right) and Braga drawed.
Azevedo used takedowns to score points in the judges eyes’ and
executed a solid ground game, including a surge in the second round
where he took Braga’s back and nearly finished the fight with a
His opponent, however, took control during the last five minutes
and the judges ruled the contest a draw.
Azevedo was furious with the decision and refused to take part in
an in-cage postfight interview. Braga talked after the fight and
admitted he didn't perform well.
“He threw me down and got on the top, but I was looking to end the
fight the whole time,” commented Braga. “I didn't fight well; it
wasn't the way I wanted to fight, but it was the judges’ call and
we had a great fight.”
Welterweight prospect “Zezao
Trator”, a teammate of Lyoto
Machida, made a statement with a second-round punch knockout of
“I'm very happy,” said Ribamar. “I trained to neutralize Chatuba's
game and everything worked well.”
In other action; Bruno
“Demente” Menezes scored a unanimous decision over Eduardo “Kiko”
Gomes outpointed Ciro “Bad
Boy” Rodrigues by unanimous decision; Fernando
“Zoio” Almeida punched Beto Ninja
into submission with first-round punches at the 4:28 mark; Tiago
Sartori tapped Altair
Alencar with a rear-naked choke at 2:01 of round three;
“Wolverine” Viana claimed a unanimous decision from Rafael
“Samurai” Kleber bested Hengel
Andrade by unanimous decision.