The UFC crowned a duo of new winners as the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil came to a conclusion Saturday night at UFC 147. Both Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira and Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra won the prestigious title after outlasting their competition over the course of three rounds.

Ferreira was originally scheduled to face Daniel Sarafian, but Sarafian was forced off the card with an injury. Instead, “Mutante” faced grappling wizard Sergio Moraes.

Ferreira did what he needed to in order to win the competition, but let’s not get too carried away with his prospects in the middleweight division. He certainly looks the part of a 185-pounder, but needs a lot of work on his overall game. His capoeira background gives “Mutante” a great deal of options in how to attack his opponent, and fans were expecting that offense to be on display against Moraes.

Ferreira had his moments where that striking prowess showed, but Moraes had way too much success on the feet. I’m not sure if that’s because of Ferreira’s defense or Moraes simply being better than fans gave him credit for with his striking, but it’s clear “Mutante” is nothing more than a prospect at the moment.

Let’s hope the UFC brings him along slowly, as he needs time to develop while learning from one of the best middleweights in the world in Vitor Belfort. What won’t help his career is being thrown to the wolves and placed in premier bouts. Undercards or free TV shows should be in “Mutante’s” immediate future.

Perhaps a showdown with Sarafian is in order to crown the true TUF Brazil middleweight winner.

Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra talks to Rogan after winning the featherweight TUF Brazil trophy (Sherdog)

Prior to Ferreira being crowned TUF Brazil champion, Bezerra had his hand raised after defeating Godofredo “Pepey” Castro. “Jason” evaded his adversary’s looping punches and pulling-guard attempts in order to win the featherweight division of TUF Brazil. Bezerra was the better fighter coming into the fight and left no doubt as he clearly frustrated “Pepey” over the course of three rounds.

Bezerra is a talented fighter, but just as I stated with Ferreira, he needs to be brought along slowly. A few fights against lower-level competition before putting him out in front of the bright lights would do Bezerra a favor.

It’s clear the bright lights got to the fighters, as nobody would’ve expected the finals to play out like they did given how the fighters performed on the show. The fights on the weekly episodes of TUF Brazil were some of the best I’ve ever seen on The Ultimate Fighter. Dana White also shared the same disappointment in the final showings as he believes the guys got caught up in the hype.

The guys on TUF Brazil definitely appeared to be a step up from recent casts of the American version of the show, so they should pan out nicely for the UFC, but that’s only if White and Joe Silva do things the right way.

Photo: Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira celebrates after winning the middleweight division of TUF: Brazil (Sherdog)

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Kyle Symes
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Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.