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 11th episode below.

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This episode of the reality series featured the conclusion of the quarterfinal round with a fight between two members of Team Nogueira, Santiago Ponzinibbio and Cleiton Duarte.

Meanwhile, it was time for the coaches’ challenge: a go-kart competition, with the best performance gaining $20,000 for the winning coach and his team. The better man turned out to be Fabricio Werdum, who easily won the race against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

The struggle between Ponzinibbio and Duarte was up next. It began with Ponzinibbio and Duarte striking against the cage. The Argentine connected two sequences of strikes versus Duarte, who was trying to defend himself by dodging Ponzinibbio. Duarte also looked to stand and landed some blows on Ponzinibbio. In the middle of the round Ponzinibbio shot for a takedown and delivered a barrage of ground-and-pound against the Brazilian.

In the second round, Ponzinibbio cornered Duarte against the cage and landed more combinations. Duarte tried to defend himself, but Ponzinibbio maintained a smart strategy and brought the fight back to the ground. There, he used his ground-and-pound against Duarte until the end of the contest.

By judges’ decision, Ponzinibbio advanced to the semifinals of the show.

“I’m here to change my life. I want to win the program and achieve this dream. I am striving to be the champion of TUF2 and UFC champion,” Ponzinibbio said. “Cheer for me.”

The four athletes qualified for the semifinals of TUF Brazil 2 are:
William “Patolino” Macario
Leonardo Santos
Viscardi Andrade
Santiago Ponzinibbio

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O último episódio do reality TUF 2 Brasil, foi o combate das quartas de finais entre os dois lutadores  do Time Nogueira entre Santiago Ponzinibbio e Cleiton Foguete.

O desafio dos técnicos foi uma competição de kart, o melhor desempenho do desafio ganharia o valor de R$ 20.000,00 para o treinador e equipe.

Quem levou a melhor foi o lutador Werdum que venceu com facilidade a corrida contra o Minotauro.

A luta entre Santiago Ponzinibbio e Cleiton Foguete começou com Santiago partindo para cima na trocação levando Foguete contra a grade. O argentino conectou duas sequências de golpes em Foguete que tentava se defender esquivando de Santiago. Cleiton mostrava estar a fim da luta em pé e aplicava também contra golpes em seu adversário.

Do meio para o final do round Santiago aplicou a queda e deferiu uma série de socos no ground and round contra o brasileiro.

No segundo round, Santiago encurralou Foguete novamente contra a grade, acertando mais sequências de socos. Foguete tentava se defender mas Santiago estava com a estratégia na cabeça, e a executou novamente ao derrubar Cleiton no chão e aplicar no ground and pound uma série de socos até o final do combat.

Por decisão dos juízes o lutador Santiago Ponzinibbio foi para as semifinais do reality.

“Estou aqui para mudar minha vida, eu quero vencer o programa e conquistar esse sonho,estou lutando para ser o campeão do TUF2  e campeão do Ultimate”. “Torçam por mim Brasil, sou argentino mais sou gente boa” disse Santiago.

Os quatro atletas classificados para as semifinais do TUF 2 Brasil são:
William Patolino
Leo Santos
Viscardi Andrade
Santiago Ponzinibbio

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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.