On Sunday, March 17, the UFC  debuted its second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

The show features heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who coach a cast of welterweights.

The MMA Corner’s Aline Baktchejian Djehdian gives a recap of the show’s third episode below.

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With two consecutive wins, Team Werdum moved out in front on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2.

Sunday’s episode featured two fights in the season’s quarterfinal round.

Team Werdum had the power of choice for the first fight, and Werdum went with Tiago Alves from his team against Cleiton Foguete of Team Nogueira.

Alves mastered the first round, connecting with ease against Foguete and successfully passing the guard. Foguete could not escape, as Alves took the round.

In the second round, after a kick and shot, Foguete fell again. Alves dominated from the top throughout the round, and Foguete was unable to get back to his feet.

Alves wins the fight by unanimous decision to pick up the program’s first victory for Team Werdum.

With this result, Fabricio Werdum chose the second bout of the night, choosing Yan Cabral to face David Vieira of Team Nogueira.

Cabral has 10 consecutive wins by submission on his record, including a recent victory over the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba at Dream 17 in Japan. His encounter against Vieira was a balanced fight.

Early in the first round, Vieira tried sought the finish against Cabral. He went for the foot switch and then an arm triangle, but Cabral was able to defend himself quickly and regain his feet. At the end of that round, Cabral turned the tables on Vieira, riding and working hard. In what was developing as a good fight, Cabral informed Werdum that he had sustained a broken hand during the course of the round.

In the second round, even fighting with a broken hand, Cabral returned with a well-versed jiu-jitsu attack in an attempt to stop Vieira. Vieira turned his back, and Cabral managed to secure a rear-naked choke to win the fight.

With the victory for Cabral, Team Werdum gets two consecutive wins. The only concern was the injury to Cabral. The athlete was taken to hospital, where doctors examined whether the fighter would be able to remain in the program. The diagnosis will be unveiled in the next episode.

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Com duas vitórias consecutivas o Team Werdum sai no frente no TUF 2 Brasil

O episódio de domingo contou com duas lutas eliminatórias para as quartas de final do programa Ultimate Fighter Brasil 2.

O Team Werdum detinha o poder de escolha da luta, para o primeiro combate os preferidos foram Tiago Alves do seu time contra o atleta Cleiton Foguete da Team Nogueira.

Tiago Alves dominou bem o primeiro round derrubando Cleiton Foguete com facilidade, e conseguiu passar a guarda em Foguete que tentava sair de baixo se movimentando bastante. Cleiton não conseguiu sair da luta amarrada de Tiago que usou isso a seu favor para vencer o round.

No segundo round, após um chute rodado Foguete caiu e novamente Tiago dominou o atleta por cima durante todo o round, Foguete não conseguiu ficar de pé.

Por decisão unanime Tiago Alves vence a luta e foi para as quartas de final do programa dando a primeira vitória ao Team Werdum.

Com esse resultado Fabricio Werdum escolheu o segundo combate da noite, os escolhidos foram Yan Cabral contra David Vieira da Team Nogueira.

Yan Cabral tem 10 vitórias consecutivas por finalização em seu cartel, lembrando que o atleta carioca já venceu o lendário Kasushi Sakuraba no evento Dream 17 no Japão. O atleta enfrentou o lutador David Vieira em uma luta equilibrada.

No começo do primeiro round David tentou buscar a finalização contra Yan tentando a chave de pé e depois um katagatame, mas Yan conseguiu se defender ficando rapidamente de pé. No final desse round Yan virou o jogo montando sobre David e trabalhando fortemente por cima. Foi uma luta bem parelha, no intervalo do combate o atleta Yan Cabral avisou Werdum que tinha quebrado a mão.

No segundo round mesmo lutando com a mão quebrada, Yan voltou com um JiuJitsu bem estudado tentando por diversas vezes finalizar o atleta da Team Nogueira, foi uma luta bem agarrada e quando David ficou de costas, Yan conseguiu encaixar um mata leão vencendo o combate por finalização e passando assim para as quartas de final do TUF. O atleta ganhou o prêmio de finalização da noite.

Com a vitória de Yan Cabral, o Team Werdum chega a duas vitórias consecutivas, a única preocupação da equipe foi a lesãode Yan Cabral. O atleta foi encaminhado ao hospital onde os médicos analisaram se o lutador teria condições de permanecer no programa. O diagnóstico será desvendado no próximo episódio.


Photo: TUF Brasil 2 Logo (Zuffa, LLC)

About The Author

Aline Bak
Staff Writer, Brazil

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aline began watching MMA with her father during the heyday of Pride in the early 2000's. Her passion for the sport soon turned to the UFC not long after. After attending UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro and UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Aline was asked to recount her experience for Tatame—one of Brazil's biggest media outlets—and thus began her writing career. In addition to her work for The MMA Corner, she maintains her own site about MMA.