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Jonatas Novaes, Combat USA Tourney

Congrats to FLO MMA’s Jonatas Novaes for becoming the Illinois state champion in the 155 lb. division of the Combat USA Fighting Championship.

Novaes defeated American Top Team and former UFC vet Ryan Thomas via armbar at 4:08 of the first round to take the title. Now, Novaes will fight Sherron Leggett on June 16th in Osh Kosh for the Wisconsin vs. Illinois title.

MMA Nuts made the trip to Racine for the event, and had this rundown of the Novaes/Thomas fight:

“Novaes opened the round with a vicious leg kick before taking Thomas down near his corner against the cage. Thomas attempts a very tight armbar but Noaves is able to escape with a slam winding up back in Thomas’ rubber guard. Novaes’ cornerman Comprido shouts instructions in Portuguese to create space and he obliges landing a vicious bomb to the forehead of Thomas that stuns him momentarily. Novaes passes guard as Thomas attempts to escape to standing but leaves an opportunity for the Brazilian Black Belt to sink in a very deep armbar. It’s tight, but Thomas refuses to tap even though it looks like his arm is about to snap in half. Novaes readjusts sinking the submission even tighter and cranks back on the arm forcing Thomas to submit at 4:08 of Round 1.”

Novaes moved to 8-3 with the win, and now has three straight wins since his Strikeforce loss to Christian Uflacker here in Chicago in 2009.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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