On this episode the fighters finally moved into the house and the coaches picked their teams.  In typical TUF fashion the first pick was decided by the flip of a coin.  Coach Wanderlei Silva won the coin flip and elected to pick the first fighter instead of the first fight.  With his first pick Silva chose to start in the featherweight division and chose Rony Mariano Bezerra.  Vitor Belfort, on the other hand, chose middleweight fighter Cezar Ferreira with his first pick.  After the teams were picked the fighters immediately began working with their coaches in preparation for their first fight.

The rosters:

Team Wanderlei (Coaches: Rafael Cordeiro, André Dida, Renato Babalú and Fabricio Werdum)
Rony Mariano Bezerra (FW)
Delson Heleno (MW)
John Teixeira (FW)
Francisco Drinaldo (MW)
Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini (FW)
Renee Forte (MW)
Wagner Campos (FW)
Leonardo Mafra Teixeira (MW)

Team Vitor (Coaches: Francisco Filho, Luiz Dórea, Rodrigo Artilheiro and Durinho)
Cezar Ferreira (MW)
Hugo Viana (FW)
Daniel Sarafian (MW)
Rodrigo Damm (FW)
Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo (MW)
Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira (FW)
Sérgio Moraes (MW)
Anistavio Medeiros (FW)

Since Silva won the coin toss and elected to pick the first fighter, Belfort was able to pick the first fight and he chose “Pepey” from his team and Campos from Team Silva.  Campos was in the worst fight of the fights to get into the house and Belfort figured it would be an easy victory for Pepey.  Both fighters trained hard and were well prepared for the fight.

Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira vs. Wagner Campos

The first round started out slow with both fighters tenative and not willing to engage.  After a minute of feeling out the distance and trying to get his range Pepey went for the frist take down of the fight but it was stuffed by Campos.  This trend would continue as Pepey attempted several takedowns and Campos denied every one.  Eventually Popey would attempt to pull guard but was not able to keep the fight on the ground.  Limited punches were thrown in the first round but Pepey was able to clip Campos and drop him near the end of the round.

In the second round both fighters seemed more willing to engage but neither fighter wanted to over commit and give the other a chance to capitalize.  Pepey stayed on the outside and was able to use his reach to dictate the pace of the fight.  Even though there was very little action in the second round Pepey was able to score enough points to earn the victory.

Official Result: Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira def. Wagner Campos by split decision

Photo: Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira (TUF Brazil)

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