Cristiano Marcello Takes Lightweight Title Against Gritty Gaset

By Marcelo Alonso

In his third fight in the last three months, CM System leader Cristiano Marcello captured the Nitrix lightweight title. However, his Spanish foe Oriol Gaset didn’t make it easy on the former Chute Boxe jiu-jitsu coach.

Supported by his local fanbase, Marcello dominated the first two periods. After gaining an advantage in the punching exchanges, the Brazilian took his opponent down, mounted him, took his back, and almost finished the fight with a rear-naked choke. The second round was more competitive for the Spaniard, but Marcello was still able to land on the feet and on the floor to earn the round.

However, in the third round, the British-based Spaniard — a teammate of Terry Etim, Paul Sass, Paul Kelly and others at Team Kaobon — took total control of the stand-up. A tired Marcello simply moved away, as the cheers turned to boos. After 15 minutes, judges Guilherme Doni and Flavio Batavo saw the fight 29-28 for Marcello, while Beto Jablonski scored the bout a 29-29 draw, giving Marcello the majority decision win.

“People in Brazil like to say I always get easy fights. There are no easy fights anymore,” Marcello said after the buot. “The French guy I faced in Jordan was really tough and Oriol was also very tough. It was definitely not easy to win this belt and I’ll train even harder to keep it at CM System.”

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