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 coaching a cast of welterweights. The MMA Corner’s Aline Baktchejian Djehdian provides a recap of the show’s sixth episode below.

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The beginning of the sixth program was marked by a contest of dodgeball between the two teams, with the right to choose the next fight on the line. The two teams played, firing balls at each other inside a gymnasium, and Team Werdum won despite the numerical disadvantage against Viscardi Andrade, the last remaining member of Team Werdum.

The choice was in Werdum’s hands, and he called on his fighter, Pedro Iriê, to face Luiz “Besouro” Dutra Jr. of Team Nogueira.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira visited the team during training to join his brother, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, which was quite celebrated by team members. Besouro felt severe pain in his ribs and went to check with the doctors to see if he was fit to fight. Even though his injury will need a long recovery time, Besouro is determined to fight Iriê.

Iriê and Besouro made ​​for one of the best fights of the season, confirming the efforts put in by the two teams. Iriê, known for his heavy hands, looked to hit good shots on Besouro, but the Team Nogueira fighter tried for a takedown that was defended by Iriê. Iriê and Besouro lock up in the clinch along the cage until they both return to the center of the Octagon, with Iriê landing strikes with ease. In Iriê’s half guard, Besouro looked to punish his opponent, then tried to pass the guard and apply a kimura, but Iriê bravely resisted. A scramble ensued with the Team Werdum fighter defending himself from the blows of Besouro. Iriê allows Besouro take his back and put hooks in for the rear-naked choke finish.

With a third consecutive win for Team Nogueira, things got heated when Team Werdum’s Daniel Gelo’s made a comment stating that the rival team’s Besouro is a “above average” athlete within the program. This caused some turmoil with Werdum’s team, with Wanderlei Silva outraged by Gelo’s statement.

“You’re crazy. Don’t say that! Don’t say that!” repeated Wanderlei, clearly not happy with Gelo.

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O início do sexto programa foi marcado por uma gincana entre os dois times valendo o direito de escolha da próxima luta. Os dois times disputaram uma queimada dentro de um ginásio esportivo e o time de Werdum venceu apesar da desvantagem numérica com destaque para Viscardi.

Werdum com direito de escolha novamente nas suas mãos chamou o seu atleta Pedro Iriê para enfrentar Luis Besouro do Time de Minotauro.

Rogério Minotouro visitou os treinos do time do seu irmão Minotauro, que foi bastante comemorada pelos integrantes da equipe. Besouro sentiu dores fortes na costela e foi checar com os médicos para confirmar se estava apto para o combate, mesmo sabendo que sua lesão muscular irá precisa de um longo tempo de recuperação, Besouro está decidido em lutar contra Iriê.

Iriê e Besouro fizeram uma das melhores lutas da temporada, confirmado a expectativa esperada pelas duas equipes. Iriê conhecido por sua mão pesada procura acertar bons golpes em Besouro, mas o atleta do Time de Nogueira tenta uma queda bem defendida por Iriê.

Pedro encosta Besouro no clinche junto a grade, até que ambos voltam ao centro do octógono com Besouro derrubando Pedro com facilidade. Na meia guarda de Iriê, Besouro vai castigando seu oponente , tenta passar a guarda e com isso tenta aplicar uma Kimura, Iriê resiste bravamente. A luta segue com o lutador de Werdum por baixo apenas se defendendo dos golpes de Besouro que aproveita o erro de Iriê para pegar as costas, colocar os ganchos e finalizar no mata leão.

Com a terceira vitória consecutiva do Time do Minotauro, o clima na equipe rival esquentou com o comentário de Daniel Gelo afirmando que Besouro é um atleta “acima da média” dentro do programa causando um mal estar com Wanderlei Silva indignado com a afirmação de Gelo.

“Você está louco? Isso não se fala! Isso não se fala! – repetia Wanderlei claramente nervoso contra Daniel Gelo.

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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.