The rapidly ascending popularity of MMA in Brazil was on display last night in Manaus when Amazon Forest Combat put on their second ever event, lining the card with a handful of well-known fighters in addition to local products. The main event featured UFC veterans Murilo Bustamante and Dave Menne matched up in what was likely the last fight of Bustamante’s widely-respected career.
Bustamante came away with a Unanimous Decision win after nearly two years on the shelf, improving his overall record to 15-8-1 in the process. The result also marked the second time the former UFC middleweight champ has beaten Menne with the first coming at UFC 35 in 2002. Other notable instances of past success for the slick grappler include those over Ikuhisa Minowa and Matt Lindland.
A few other fighters with Zuffa ties also picked up victories at the event including Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, and Pete Spratt. The first two picked up finishes with “The Predator” knocking out Gustavo Machado in the opening round of their featured bout and Leites tapping Matt Horwich with an Arm-Triangle Choke, while Spratt won a hard-fought decision over Daniel Acacio.
Read below for a full list of AFC 2 results:
Luiz Fernando def. Pablo Javier Llampa via TKO (Strikes)
Rivaldo Junior def. Marcelo Rojo via Unanimous Decision
Emiliano Sordi def. Fabiano Capoani via TKO (Strikes)
Dileno Lopes def. Javier Ocampo via Submission
Ronys Torres def. Ferrid Kheder via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Pete Spratt def. Daniel Acacio via Unanimous Decision
Patrick Cote def. Gustavo Machado via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Thales Leites def. Matt Horwich via Submission Round 2 (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Murio Bustamante def. Dave Menne via Unanimous Decision
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