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 seventh episode below.

Below are versions in both English and Portuguese. Click the tab to switch the language.

[tabgroup][tab title=”English”]

In this chapter of the series, there was no mystery in the choice of fights since there was only one athlete remaining from each team—Marcio Santos of Team Werdum and Santiago Ponzinibbio of Team Nogueira.

At the beginning of the program, the legendary Wanderlei Silva showed why he is one of the most beloved fighters by MMA fans. With a great attitude, he met fighters from Team Werdum and gave a beautiful speech apologizing to everyone, especially for Daniel Gelo.

The fighter asked to visit for this episode was Chuck Liddell, who was a coach of the first edition of The Ultimate Fighter in the United States in 2003. Bringing together the two teams in the Octagon, the American taught some techniques that he always used in his UFC fights, including his powerful overhand right that knocked out greats in the MMA world.

In the fight, Santos and Ponzinibbio put on one of the busiest bouts with both fighters preferring to strike aggressively. Santos started applying the pressure with low kicks and high kicks. Ponzinibbio responded with several punches. The fighters engaged in the clinch against the cage, but Santos escaped and the fighters exchanged blows after separating. Santos rocked Ponzinibbio with a right hand that resulted in a knockdown. The fighters remained active, frantically striking. Santos tried unsuccessfully to land a high kick and took the fight to the ground. Santos works in Ponzinibbio’s half guard and works to pass. Ponzinibbio shows good defense on the ground and fights back to his feet. Ponzinibbio comes back with aggression and hits a great sequence of blows on Santos, forcing referee Mario Yamasaki to stop the fight.

It’s another victory for Team Nogueira and it secures Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira his fourth athlete in the quarterfinals. However, the decision of Yamasaki to stop the fight when Santos suffered the knockdown provoked outrage in Team Werdum. Wanderlei Silva accused Yamasaki of halting the fight too early, complaining that Santos should have been given the opportunity to recover.

UFC President Dana White has a teleconference on the situation of Daniel Gelo returning to the house. Dana says Fabricio Werdum has the right to choose his opponent against Gelo. Werdum asks for time to make a good decision and eventually picks Cleiton Foguete.

[/tab][tab title=”Portuguese”]

No capítulo de hoje não havia mistério na escolha da luta já que só restavam um atleta de cada time para lutar , Márcio Mão de Pedra do Team Werdum e o argentino Santiago pela equipe de Minotauro.

No início do programa o lendário lutador Wanderlei Silva demonstrou o porque é um dos lutadores mais queridos pelos fãs de MMA. Numa grande atitude ele reuniu os lutadores do Team Werdum e num belo discurso pediu desculpas a todos em especial para Daniel Gelo.

O lutador convidado desse episódio foi Chuck Liddell, que foi treinador da primeira edição do TUF nos EUA em 2003. Reunindo os dois times no octógono, o americano ensinou algumas técnicas que sempre usava nas suas lutas no UFC, incluindo seu poderoso overhand de direita que derrubou grandes nomes do MMA mundial.

Márcio Mão de Pedra e Santiago fizeram até aqui a luta mais movimentada da temporada com ambos os lutadores preferindo a trocação e de forma agressiva. Márcio começou o combate aplicando chutes baixos e chutes altos, Santiago responde com vários socos , a luta vai para a grade com os dois lutadores no clinchê, mas Márcio escapa , lutadores trocam golpes abertamente .

Márcio solta bom golpe de direita que derruba o argentino sofrendo um knockdown,  a luta seguia movimentada e com trocação franca. Márcio tenta chute alto rodado sem sucesso e leva luta para o chão.

Márcio esta na meia guarda de Santiago e trabalha a passagem de guarda , o argentino mostra boa defesa no chão e o combate volta em pé. Santiago volta com agressividade e acerta ótima sequência de golpes em Márcio obrigando Mario Yamazaki a interromper o combate

Mais uma vitória para a equipe do Minotauro que garantiu seu quarto atleta nas quartas de finais. A decisão do árbitro Mario Yamazaki em interromper o combate quando Marcio levou o knockdown provocou revolta no Team Werdum.

Wanderlei Silva acusava Mário de paralisar a luta cedo demais, reclamando que deveria ter deixado rolar mais um pouco o combate .

Dana White marcou teleconferencia sobre a situação de Daniel Gelo que voltou para casa . Dana diz que Werdum tem o direito de escolher o oponente contra Daniel Gelo. Werdum pede um tempo para decidir melhor.

Werdum escolhe Cleiton Foguete que está lesionado para enfrentar Daniel Gelo.

[/tab][/tabgroup]

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.