Seemingly behind on points, FFC lightweight champion Samo Petje landed some big kicks to salvage a majority draw in his battle with Bruno Gazani. The title bout headlined Friday night’s FFC 34 event at Caesar Entertainment’s Rio Las Vegas, and was broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
Brazilian challenger Gazani, who holds a title in the WGP organization, applied pressure with punches. Petje looked to score with leg and body kicks, and connected with some clean strikes to Gazani’s lead left leg in round one. Petje switched to southpaw and scored with some kicks to the Brazilian’s body in round two.
Petje looked to catch the Brazilian come in and then move. By round three, the Brazilian’s left leg was noticeably affected by the leg kicks. Gazani made adjustments and was able to check more kicks later in the fight. The Brazilian connected with a late flurry of punches that probably swayed the judges in a close round three.
After a close round four, Petje was docked a point in round five for an illegal elbow. Petje connected with a couple of solid kicks to the body and leg late in the round, and Gazani appeared hurt. The late kicks were the most damaging blows in the round, and likely earned the champion the draw.
Two judges scored the bout 47-47, with one dissenter at 46-48.
In the other kickboxing bout on the card, Greece’s Meletis “Nightmare” Kakoubavas defeated Jermaine “JJ” Soto of California by second round TKO with a high kick. The shot dropped Soto, who beat the count before the fight was called by the referee.
There were also two MMA bouts and a pro boxing match on the multi-discipline event. Full results are below.
(KICKBOXING) FFC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Samo Petje (36-6-1), Ljubljana, Slovenia
Win by Majority Draw, 5 Rds. (47-47, 47-47, 46-48)
Bruno Gazani (60-7-0), Sao Paulo, Brazil
(Petje Retains FFC Middleweight Title)
Tony Johnson Jr. (12-4-1), Nashville, TN
Win by Unanimous Decision, 3 Rds. (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
D.J. Linderman (21-15-0), Yreka, CA
(BOXING) SUPER LIGHTWEIGHTS
Kevin Johnson (6-1-0), Las Vegas, NV
Win by Unanimous Decision, 6 Rds. (59-55, 58-56, 59-55)
Isaac Luna (3-1-0), El Paso, TX
Meletis Kakoubavas (33-7-0), Athens, Greece
Win by TKO, Referee Stoppage, (:52 – 2nd Rd.)
Jermaine Soto (24-7-0), Los Angeles, CA
Zac Cavender (1-0-0), Tooele, UT (Pro Debut)
Win by TKO, Punches, (2:30 – 1st Rd.)
Marius Cantoneru (0-2-0), Las Vegas, NV