In episode three of the Ultimate Fighter Brazil, alliances were formed, Junior dos Santos stopped by the house and we witnessed the first middleweight bout between Daniel Sarafian and Renee Forte.  As the fighters began to train together and build bonds, Team Silva decided that it is time to segregate the rooms so that only team members slept together. Not everybody on the Team Belfort agreed with the decision but they all made the change without incident.

Coming off of Pepe’s victory, Team Vitor still controlled the fight picks.  After careful deliberation Team Belfort chose Daniel Sarafian from his team to face Renee Forte from Team Silva.  On paper Sarafian had a significant advantage.  He is the bigger, stronger fighter with better striking and wrestling skills.

Both teams of coaches had their fighters well prepared for this fight.  Belfort wanted Safarian to stay active, throw the jab, and wear Forte out in the clinch to get the fight to the ground.  Silva wanted Forte to stick and move, utilize his jab to dictate the pace of the fight and win this fight on the feet.

Prior to the fight Junior dos Santos stopped by and spent some time with both fight teams to lend support and give advice to both fighters before one of the biggest moments in their lives.

Renee Forte vs. Daniel Sarafian

As the fight began both fighters seemed to be tentative but it did not take long for Safarian to engage and look to find his range.  Though he did not land any significant strikes he was able to impose his will and began to break down Forte.  Forte did his best to battle back but he was clearly out matched.  Forte was very hesitant on the feet and offered very little offense in the striking game and spent most of the round trying to work from the clinch.  At the midway point of round one Safarian was able to get going, landing strikes and securing takedowns and ultimately winning the round.

When the bell sounded to begin round two it was clear that Forte was a beaten man.  He came out very sluggish and offered little resistance to Safarian as he charged in with punches.  Forte fell to the canvas against the cage in defense and Safarian swarmed him with punches.  Safarain continued to work his ground and pound from top position before taking Forte’s back and securing the fight-ending rear-naked choke.

Official Result: Daniel Sarafian def. Renee Forte by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2.

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