SAO JOSÉ DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, April 13 -- Andre Santos (Pictures) rallied for an entertaining win
Sunday at the fifth edition of Real Fight.
American Geno Vitale was all over Santos early, surprising him with
strong attacks and almost finishing the fight. The Brazilian
maintained his composure, though, and secured his favorite
submission: the anaconda choke.
Vitale tried to escape through various maneuvers, but the luta
livre standout would not release the hold.
"‘Chatuba' fought very well and won a major victory," said Santos'
trainer, Marcio Cromado. "We had 100 percent tonight. It is luta
Thiago Medeiros, a
pupil of Paulo Filho
(Pictures), had a tough time against
(Pictures) in the only heavyweight
fight of the night. The 40-year-old Tressino was taken down, but he
quickly reversed and punished Medeiros with strong punches that
nearly led to a stoppage.
Medeiros boldly continued into the second round. After taking more
hard shots from Tressino, Medeiros caught him in a perfect kneebar
for the win.
Julian Soares did not
want to strike with the dangerous Ivanildo Cafu. During the three
rounds of the fight, Soares showed strong wrestling and took down
his opponent several times. He also controlled on the ground for a
With better ground skills, Rafael Motta (Pictures) always sought to take his fight
against Rafael Imilio to the mat, where he controlled the
positioning. Imilio, in turn, escaped the attacks of his opponent
and threatened on the feet. However, Motta's takedowns and control
won him a unanimous decision.
entertained the audience with his bout against Fabiano Astorino. Not wishing
to fight on the feet, Toledo took his opponent to the ground and
eventually finished Astorino with an armbar in the first round.
Ronald Buiu made his MMA debut against Amizael Gomes. Representing
the team of Paulo Filho
(Pictures), Buiu grounded his opponent
and dominated positioning with a tight game on the mat. After
scoring with strikes, Buiu submitted Gomes with a keylock from
inside the guard in the first round.
Geovanne Chuck put his BJJ into practice to defeat Cemir da Silva.
The first round saw ground and pound from Chuck, who returned even
better in the second. Again he took his opponent to the canvas,
dropped some blows, took the back and submitted da Silva with a
In the first professional MMA fight of the night, Felipe Vidal showed an aggressive
BJJ game against Felipe Arantes. He took down Arantes in the first
round and finished him with a perfect armbar.
Real Fight 5 also had three preliminary bouts sanctioned by the
National Circuit of Amateur MMA. Eder defeated Leonardo Soares Mendes by
decision; Deneval Naja submitted Sandro da Silva with a keylock in
the first round; and, in an exciting fight, Talita Andréia defeated
Fabrina via decision.