Amaury Bitetti

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Amaury Bitetti
Born Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Division Middleweight
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team Carlson Gracie Team
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 1995-2001–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 7
Wins 5
By submission 3
By decision 1
By disqualification 1
Losses 2
By knockout 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Amaury Bitetti is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Amaury had his debut in 1995 for the Desafio: International Vale Tudo tournament. Entering the competition representing the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he was pitted at the first round against karate stylist Francisco Nonato, but he defeated him by taking the fight to the mat and raining punches on him. Bitetti next defeated kickboxer James Adler the same way, and he advanced to the finals, where he faced capoeira fighter Mestre Hulk. The grappler waited after some spinning kicks and tried to shoot, but he was suddenly caught by a right hook from the capoerista and fell to the ground, where he received fourteen unanswered punches until referee Joao Alberto Barreto stopped the match.

In 1996, Bitetti debuted in Ultimate Fighting Championship at its event UFC 9, replacing an injured Marco Ruas in his fight against Don Frye. The match would become infamous for the amount of punishment Amaury received, as Frye stopped his early takedowns and started landing punches, knees and elbows on the Brazilian, both standing and on the ground. After a hard series of elbows to the spine and head, the referee stopped the match to declare Frye winner.[1]

Amaury returned to UFC in UFC 26, where he faced Ken Shamrock trainee Alex Andrade. This time Bitetti started aggressively, but Andrade answered and followed with a kick to the face, which gained him a yellow card as he was wearing wrestling shoes and thus he couldn't legally kick. The Brazilian continued landing several combinations through the match, but he ended winning by disqualification instead, as at the second round he was kicked in the head again, which got Andrade out of the match.[2]

Bitetti was also in Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira's corner when Nogueira submitted Tim Sylvia to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 81.[3] He also holds a win over UFC veteran Dennis Hallman.

He founded his own mixed martial arts organization called Bitetti Combat in 2002.[4] The company hosted its 14th event on March 9, 2013.[5]

Brazilian jiu-jitsu career[edit]

Bitetti trained under the late Carlson Gracie starting at age five at the Carlson Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[4]

He won the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the Absolute division in 1996 and 1997.[6][7][8]

Bitetti went on to win the Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship in 1998 and 2000 in the -94 kg division, as well as a bronze medal at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in 1999.[4]

Bitetti has stated that he wishes to compete against Roberto Traven at the 2013 ADCC.[9][10]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Desafio
    • International Vale Tudo Tournament Finalist (1995)

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 5-2 Dennis Hallman Decision (split) Shogun 1 December 15, 2001 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 4-2 Alex Andrade DQ (kicking with shoes) UFC 26 June 9, 2000 2 0:43 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Win 3–2 Maurice Travis Submission (rear-naked choke) Vale Tudo O Lutador December 19, 1996 1 3:17 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 2-2 Don Frye TKO (punches) UFC 9 May 17, 1996 1 9:22 Detroit, Michigan, United States
Loss 2-1 Mestre Hulk KO (punches) Desafio: International Vale Tudo January 5, 1995 1 0:23 Brazil Tournament finals
Win 2–0 James Adler Submission (punches) Desafio: International Vale Tudo January 5, 1995 1 1:51 Brazil Tournament semifinals
Win 1–0 Nonato Nonato Submission (punches) Desafio: International Vale Tudo January 5, 1995 1 3:57 Brazil Tournament quarterfinals

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