One house, 16 fighters. It might not seem all that daunting, but each season, The Ultimate Fighter’s format takes a toll, both mentally and physically, on the fighters seeking to snag that six-figure contract. While The Ultimate Fighter 19 continues to get into full swing, the third installment of the Brazilian version of the UFC’s landmark reality series continues to keep on rolling.

This week, on the eighth episode of the show, coach Wanderlei Silva, who has remained in control of the entire season up to this point, selected his final heavyweight pick, Antônio Branjão, to take on rival coach Chael Sonnen’s second heavyweight pick, and Branjão’s former teammate, Vitor Miranda. This selection led to a bit of a confrontation between Silva and Vinny Magalhaes, as Magalhaes not only pointed out that the two once trained together, but also called Silva a hypocrite for the selection, reminding Silva of when he criticized Vitor Belfort for selecting Rony Jason to fight Anistavio Medeiros during season one of TUF Brazil. Silva would say that a difference existed between that situation and this one, stating than Miranda knows Branjão but doesn’t live with him or train with him now.

After that, Yushin Okami came in to help Team Sonnen and to set an example for them. The help encouraged the team to turn the intensity level up on the training, with the sparring rounds looking more like two men going all-out in a title fight than just two dudes sparring. With an opportunity to seize control of this competition, they knew they needed to go at that speed, as opposed to cruising their way through practice.

Also, we witnessed the next team challenge, simply known as “The Bridge”. Using narrow sticks, both teams needed to create a bridge that can support one of the UFC Octagon girls, and then help four girls across their structures. Team Wanderlei took an early lead and easily took another win in the challenge. After enjoying an all-day spa treatment, Team Wanderlei was ready to do battle inside the Octagon once again.

Heavyweight Fight: Antônio Branjão (Team Wanderlei) vs. Vitor Miranda (Team Sonnen)

Branjão used his size advantage early, walking through Miranda’s early attempts to establish significant offense,and preventing Miranda from getting anything going on the ground. With less than a minute to go in the first round, Miranda turned the tides. Miranda stuck a few vicious low kicks on Branjão and added punches to the onslaught. He pressured Branjão long enough to time a body shot and an overhand right. Branjão crumpled to the mat after the right connected, and Miranda took the win with just 23 seconds left in the round.

Vitor Miranda def. Antônio Branjão by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:37

Team Wanderlei’s second loss in the competition notwithstanding, Branjão’s strategy earned praise from Sonnen, though he knew that his man could secure the win if he found his range. Silva also gave credit to Miranda, noting that the low kicks played a major role in the outcome of the bout. Both men walked out of the cage, arm in arm, and conversed about the bout in a true showing of friendship and class.

With two bouts left in the quarterfinals, it will be interesting to see how things will change next week, when Team Sonnen attempts to continue their comeback in the competition. Will things change in order to potentially turn the tide back in Silva’s favor? Will Sonnen keep control as we prepare to enter the semifinals? Find out next Sunday as The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 continues!