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With the final episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil airing last night, the UFC has finally announced the rest of the fight card for UFC 147 this Saturday. The main and co-main event were already known, however fight fans were waiting for the official announcement of the rest of the card.
Cezar Mutante will take on Serginho Moraes in the middleweight final from the reality show. Moraes was knocked out in the first round of his semifinal fight against Daniel Sarafian, however Sarafian is unable to compete in the final fight due to an arm injury. Considering his back story and how he moved from one team to another during the course of the season, Moraes was an easy chose for replacing Sarafian.
Also fighting for the contract on Saturday night will be Rony Jason and Godofredo Pepey in the featherweight final. It will be a teammate vs. teammate fight as both fighters were on Team Wanderlei.
Of the 11 fights on the card, seven of them will feature fighters from the reality show. Middleweight Renee Forte will not be fighting on the card due to an injury and a change in opponent, however he will make an appearance in an upcoming UFC card.
The official fight card announced by the promotion is:
UFC 147 Main Card
- Rich Franklin vs Wanderlei Silva
- Cezar Ferreira (Mutante) vs Serginho Moraes
- Rony (Jason) Mariano Bezerra vs Godofredo Pepey
- Mike Russow vs Fabricio Werdum
- Hacran Dias vs Yuri Alcantara
UFC 147 Preliminary card
- Rodrigo Damm vs Anistavio Medeiros
- Francisco Drinaldo vs Delson Heleno
- Hugo Viana vs John Teixeira
- Leonardo Mafra vs Thiago Perpétuo
- Wagner Campos vs Marcos Vinicius
- Milton Vieira vs Felipe Arantes
Additionally, the Submission of the Season went to Rony Jason for his armbar against Medeiros, the Knockout of the Season went to Cezar Mutante for his head kick against Thiado Bodao, and the Fight of the Season went to Bodao and Francisco Massaranduba. Each fighter won $45,000 Brazilian Real for their troubles.
UFC 147 takes place this Saturday night in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
With no fight cards from the UFC, Strikeforce or Bellator over the weekend, ShoFIGHT took center stage as ShoFIGHT 20 took place in Springfield, Mo. on Saturday night. The card was full of veterans from other promotions and two champions were officially crowned for the promotion.
- Welterweight Championship John ‘Guns’ Gunderson defeated Karo ‘the Heat’ Parysian via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:47 of the first round
- Middleweight Championship Kendall ‘Da Spyder’ Grove defeated Derek Brunson via split-decision
- Lyle ‘Fancy Pants’ Beerbohm defeated Marcus ‘Maximus’ Aurelio via unanimous decision
- Mike Wessell defeated Matt Kovaks via TKO (punches) at 4:50 of the first round
- Jonatas Noveas defeated Drew Fickett via TKO (punches) at 0:51 of the first round
- Chris ‘Gritz’ Gruetzmacher defeated Roli Delgado via TKO (elbows) at 3:24 of the first round
- ‘Smilin’ Sam Alvey defeated Lucas Lopes via TKO (punches) at 1:39 of the first round
- Chris ‘Crazyman’ McDaniel defeated Charles ‘Kid Kaos’ Bennett via submission (triangle choke) at 2:52 of the first round
- Sevak Magakian defeated James ‘JP’ Reese via unanimous decision
- Dustin Phillips defeated Allen Gibson via unanimous decision
- Mike Brazzle defeated Karen Darabedyan via TKO (punches) at 4:15 of the first round
- Matt ‘Luke Duke’ Lucas defeated Lucas ‘the Hillbilly Lightstorm’ Overcast via unanimous decision
- Jacob ‘Straight Jacket’ Ritchie defeated Robert Saborudden via TKO (punches) at 3:28 of the third round
- Jason Ignacek defeated Gary Michaels via unanimous decision
ShoFIGHT 20 can be seen on pay-per-view on July 1.
Bellator Fighting Championships continued their active free agency period and acquired amateur wrestling prospected Shawn Bunch. Bringing in top wrestling credentials, the U.S. Olympic qualifier has found his new home inside the Bellator cage. Bunch has been training MMA for four years, however due to wrestling obligations, he hasn’t been able to fully focus on the sport.
With the signing to Bellator, Bunch will now be able put all his effort into MMA while he trains at the American Kickboxing Academy. He hopes to make noise in a future bantamweight tournament.
Paul Sass will put his perfect 13-0 record on the line at UFC on Fuel TV 5 when he takes on Matt Wiman in a lightweight fight. At UFC 146, Sass caught Jacob Volkmann in his now famous triangle choke and captured the Submission of the Night bonus along with it. The Englishman is currently 3-0 with the UFC and has won 12 of his 13 fights by submission.
On the other end of things, Matt Wiman recently defeated Mac Danzig and with the victory, he earned his fourth Fight of the Night honor along the way. In his 20 career fights, Wiman has never been submitted.
UFC on Fuel TV 5 takes place on Sept. 29 in Nottingham, England.
Originally at UFC 150, Luiz Cane was going to take on Yushin Okami in a middleweight clash. An injury has forced Cane off of the card and he has been replaced by fellow Brazilian Rousimar Palhares. “Toquinho” recently lost to Alan Belcher at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5.
Additionally, recent TUF veteran Justin Lawrence has been added to the card and will drop to featherweight to take on Max Holloway. Both fighters were victorious earlier this month at the finale card of the reality show.
UFC 150 will take place on Aug. 1 in Denver.
Bantamweights Takeya Mizugaki and Jeff Hougland will square off with one another at UFC 151 this summer.
Ever since Mizugaki signed with Zuffa, he has alternated wins and losses starting with a loss against Miguel Torres at WEC 40 and ending with a loss against Chris Cariaso at UFC 144. The Japanese fighter holds victories over Rani Yahya and Jeff Curran.
Hougland won his UFC debut against Donny Walker, however in May he dropped a decision to Yves Jabouin. In his time as a professional fighter, he has submitted seven of his opponents.
UFC 151 is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on Sept. 1.
The main card for the fourth installment of the UFC on Fox has been set. Headlining the action will be light heavyweight fights in both the main event and co-main event, as Mauricio “Shogun” Rua takes on Brandon Vera in the main event, and Lyoto Machida takes on Ryan Bader in the co-main event. Additionally, the main card will have a heavyweight fight between Ben Rothwell and Travis Browne along with a lightweight clash between Terry Etim and Joe Lauzon.
As it stands, the card looks as follows:
- Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Brandon Vera
- Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida
- Travis Browne vs. Ben Rothwell
- Terry Etim vs. Joe Lauzon
- Rob Broughton vs. Matt Mitrione
- Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado
- Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson
- DaMarques Johnson vs. Mike Swick
- Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan
- Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya
- Manny Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa
While the Davis vs. Prado fight has not been officially announced, sources have said that the fight will take place.
UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Rua will take place on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles.
As it was originally reported on Saturday, Rafael Cavalcante tested positive for a performance enhancing drug after his recent Strikeforce victory. The Brazilian tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol. Stanozolol is the steroid that Tim Sylvia, Chris Leben and Cristiane Santos have been caught using.
Cavalcante’s camp has filed an appeal with the California State Athletic Commission and is currently waiting for the date of a hearing.
As a part of its seven-year deal with Fox, the UFC will host UFC on Fox 5 on Dec. 8. The card will be the fourth show shown on the network as a part of the contract between the two companies. On the Sunday before the event, it is expected that Fox will air “UFC’s Road to the Octagon” which is a one-hour special focused on highlighting the fight card. The special will air opposite local NFL on Fox single-header coverage.
Officially, there is currently no city, venue, or fights announced for the card.
Photo: TUF: Brazil finalists from left to right: Cezar Mutante, Rony Jason, Serginho Moraes, and Godofredo Pepey (UFC/Twitter)