Bruno Azevedo defeats Allan Nascimento in exciting five round combat to earn XFC Flyweight Title
Bruno Azevedo defeats Allan Nascimento in exciting five round combat to earn XFC Flyweight World Championship belt.
Emotion and excitement was not lacking in the first XFC event of 2015, held in the gymnasium arena of the Sao Paulo Futebol Clube this Saturday night, March 14. At XFCi 9, Bruno “Macaco” Azevedo was solidified as the MMA sports company’s first ever Flyweight World Champion (up to 56,7kg). Azevedo defeated Allan “Puro Osso” Nascimento via judges unanimous decision after five rounds of back and forth action.
“We love this boy (Bruno). He arrived here with everything against him; as in the worst possible environment of his opponents entire gym (Chute Boxe Diego Lima) in attendance. He starred in a historic duel inside the heXagon. Congrats also to Allan, who has proven to be one of the world’s best competitors in his division. Unfortunately we only have one belt to give and tonight it went to Bruno, but the two are to be congratulated for the spectacle they provided to the world,” said the President of XFC, Myron Molotky.
Bruno Azevedo quiets the crowd-hype from Puro Osso’s gym
The atmosphere for the dispute of the Flyweight World Title between Allan Nascimento and Bruno Azevedo could have been compared to a championship football game. With a crowded arena, who leaned favorably towards local rising star Nascimento, Azevedo remained calm and collected, throughout the noise. In the first round, the Brasilia No Gi Jiu-Jitsu world champion, took the fight to the ground and almost fit a rear naked choke that would have ended the fight in the early moments. Nascimento managed to reverse the position and finished the round on top, but the damage had been done.
In the third round Nascimento seemed at his best, tagging his opponent with elbows and punches that cut Azevedo under the eye, then finishing the round with some ground and pound. Bruno, at this point, had visible injuries on the forehead and eyebrow, but was not intimidated and increased his pressure towards Nascimento. Taking the fight to the ground, Azevedo sank in a guillotine that became a saved by the bell moment for Nascimento, ending the fourth round. The last five minutes of the fight were extremely balanced, forcing the judges to make a very difficult decision. In the end, all three gave the victory to Bruno Azavedo, silencing the majority of the arena fans who were in attendance for their teammate Nascimento, and crowning Azevedo as the Inaugural Flyweight Champion.
“This belt is a dream come true. I dropped everything in Brasilia to go after it, I’ve been living for two months in Rio, only training. I’ve been away from my family, but the reward came tonight. I want to thank all of the support that Nova Uniao gave me these last months and to all my friends and companions of Brasilia. This victory I share with them,” celebrated the new Champion Azevedo, who reached his 13th victory in 15 career bouts.
The night was a historic one for team Nova Uniao, which also earned the women’s tournament championship in the same category, won by Poliana Botelho, who knocked out Antonia Silvaneide in the first round. The card had ten duels with triumphs including a mix of tapouts, tko’s, and decisions, which defined the finalists of the Season II tournaments and advanced a set of Superfight debutants into the XFC rankings of their divisions.