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 eighth episode below.

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Team Werdum’s Daniel “Gelo” Oliveira was chosen to face Team Nogueira’s Cleiton Duarte.

Meanwhile, the UFC had selected two fighters, Thiago Santos and Pedro Iriê, to return in the wild card bout for an opportunity to return to the competition.

Gelo had a hard time hitting the weight. He would have to reach 77 kilograms (170 pounds), but when weighing in, Gelo was over by 1.6 pounds, causing the athletic commission to ban the athlete from competing (losing more a kilo at a time is not allowed by the commission). With that ruling, Gelo was suspended and Duarte advanced to the next round of the program. Team Werdum was very unhappy with the situation, claiming the Gelo was an irresponsible athlete for not making weight. The fighter defended himself, saying that he could not because of his body.

Because of having two representatives meeting each other in the tournament, the team of coaches on Fabricio Werdum’s team decided not to assist athletes or corner them.

American fighter Chuck Liddell was the guest of the evening to watch the fight.

The fight between Pedro Iriê and Thiago Santos was well balanced. The athletes opted to fight on their feet. In the first round, Iriê connected with some sharp blows. Santos responded with low kicks. Iriê attacked with kicks from the right, but by the end of the round Santos had scored more than Iriê.

In the second round, the fighters studied each other. Iriê kept a defensive guard, his opponent connected more often and scored through punches and kicks to the body of Iriê. Santos won by judges’ decision and advances to the quarterfinals.

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O lutador do time Werdum, Gelo, foi o escolhido para enfrentar Cleiton Foguete do Time Nogueira.

O UFC selecionou dois nomes para a repescagem foram eles, Thiago Marreta Santos e Pedro Iriê, conseguindo assim a oportunidade de voltar ao programa.

O lutador Gelo teve muita dificuldade em bater o peso, o atleta teria que chegar aos 77 kgs mas na hora da pesagem o lutador do Time Werdum ficou 1,6 kilos acima, fazendo com que a comissão atlética proibisse o atleta de lutar, perder mais de um kilo em uma hora não é permitido pela comissão. Com isso, o lutador foi suspenso da luta levando Foguete para as quartas de finais do programa. A equipe Werdum ficou bastante insatisfeita com a situação, alegando irresponsabilidade do atleta em não bater o peso. O lutador se defendeu dizendo que não conseguiu por conta de seu organismo.

Pelo fato de ter dois representantes na repescagem a equipe de treinadores do Time Werdum decidiu não auxiliar os atletas nos córners, o lutador americano Chuck Lidell foi o convidado da noite para assistir o combate.

A luta entre Pedro Iriê e Thiago Marreta dos Santos foi bem equilibrada, os atletas optaram pela luta em pé, no primeiro round Iriê teve alguns golpes contundentes acertando Marreta que respondia com chutes baixos, Pedro atacava com chutes pela direita, mas, do meio para o final do round Marreta equilibrou a luta pontuando mais que Iriê.

No segundo roundos lutadores se estudaram bastante, Iriê manteve a guarda defensiva, mesmo com a defesa de seu adversário o lutador Marreta conectou mais golpes durante o combate, pontuando através de socos e chutes na barriga de Pedro. Thiago Marreta venceu por decisão dos juízes e passou para as quartas de finais do reality.

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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.