On Saturday, May 31, the UFC hosted The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Finale from the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In the night’s main event, heavyweight Stipe Miocic faced off with last-minute replacement Fabio Maldonado. Miocic, who entered the contest on the heels of back-to-back wins over Gabriel Gonzaga and Roy Nelson, was originally expected to meet former UFC champion Junior dos Santos at the event. However, dos Santos injured his hand during training and his countryman Maldonado moved up from light heavyweight to fill the main billing.

Also on the main card, the promotion crowned new TUF champions as the third season of the Brazilian installment of the reality show came to a close. Antonio Carlos Jr. faced off with Vitor Miranda in the heavyweight final, while Warlley Alves de Andrade met Marcio Alexandre Jr. in the middleweight final.

Rounding out the main card was be a welterweight bout between former title challenger Demian Maia and Alexander Yakovlev, as well as a featherweight fight between TUF: Brazil season one winner Rony Jason and Robbie Peralta.

The 12-fight event kicked off Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET with three preliminary card bouts streaming live on UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary card fights followed on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, with the five-fight main card beginning at 10 p.m. ET, also on Fox Sports 1.

Main Card

The night’s main event was a mismatch from the very start as heavyweight Stipe Miocic quickly dispatched of light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado. Miocic landed a left hand right off the bat that stunned Maldonado. Maldonado backed up against the cage and Miocic delivered a massive right hand that sent the Brazilian crashing to the canvas. Miocic rained hammerfists and the referee stepped in to waive off the fight.

In the heavyweight final, Team Wanderlei’s Antonio “Cara de Sapato” Carlos Jr. used forward pressure and a strong top game to edge out Team Sonnen’s Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision. Carlos Jr. pressured forward with strikes to start the bout, surprising the more experienced striker Miranda. He flurried to close the distance, but landed an accidental groin strike that allowed Miranda to separate. Carlos Jr. again flurried and scored a takedown to claim the first frame. In round two, Carlos Jr. scored a takedown and was able to mount Miranda. Carlos Jr. attacked with a leg lock that allowed Miranda to stand and gain top position late in the frame. Miranda came out firing leg kicks in the final round which allowed Carlos Jr. to score a takedown. Carlos Jr. moved to mount and smothered Miranda for the remainder of the contest.

Middleweight Warlley Alves claimed the title of Ultimate Fighter, submitting fellow Team Sonnen fighter Marcio Alexandre Jr. just seconds into the third round of their tournament final. Alves scored with a right hand just seconds into the fight that dropped Alexandre. Alves followed to the ground, but he could not hold Alexandre on the mat. Alves pressed the action and put Alexandre on his back multiple times. Round two was much of the same as Alves’ pace prevented Alexandre from finding any rhythm. Alexandre scored with a big body kick late in round two, but Alves walked right through it. The final round opened like the first, as Alves clipped Alexandre with a massive right hand. This time, however, Alves locked onto Alexandre’s neck and put him to sleep with a guillotine choke to wrap up the TUF middleweight crown.

Former title challenger Demian Maia snapped a two-fight losing streak by dominating promotional newcomer Alexander Yakovlev for the entire fight and claiming a lopsided unanimous decision. Maia kicked off the welterweight contest with a big left hand that dropped Yakovlev. The grappling ace Maia followed him to the mat and quickly moved to the mount. Maia rained punches and elbows, but surprisingly did not look for a submission. Round two saw Maia stuff a Yakovlev takedown attempt and score one of his own, again moving to mount. Yakovlev reversed the position as the round closed. It was all Maia in round three, scoring a trip takedown along the fence and moving to mount a final time. Maia looked for an armbar in the waning seconds, but Yakovlev survived to the final bell.

Featherweights Rony Jason and Robbie Peralta kicked off the main card by engaging in an exciting, back-and-forth slugfest. Jason scored with kicks to the body early in the fight, preventing Peralta from coming forward. In the middle stanza, Peralta came forward more, landing combinations. The Brazilian Jason responded with a takedown and nearly moved to mount before Peralta exploded into top control. The pair exchanged wildly to close the round, with both men landing. Peralta scored with the cleaner shots in round three, but Jason scored with a late takedown that left the fight in the hands of the judges. When the scorecards were read, it was Peralta that eked out the split decision verdict.

Preliminary Card

The final prelim of the night saw Rashid Magomedov pick up a second straight Octagon win, outworking Brazilian Rodrigo Damm en route to a unanimous decision. Magomedov used an onslaught of kicks from the opening bell to keep Damm at bay. Damm stayed at range during the entire opening round and absorbed numerous kicks to the body. It was more of the same in round two until Damm connected with a right hand. The shot energized the Brazilian, but he could not score a takedown. Damm came out aggressive in the final frame, but it wasn’t enough as Magomedov continued to land at will with his kicks and claimed the win on the scorecards.

Brazilian lightweight Elias Silverio kept his perfect record intact with a strong showing against Ernest Chavez. Chavez started the fight strong, using footwork and head movement to prevent the longer Silverio from getting off with combinations. However, Chavez’s movement slowed in the second round, allowing the Brazilian to land repeatedly with his jab and leg kicks. In the final stanza, Silverio took over, landing at will. With less than a minute remaining in the fight, Silverio took Chavez’s back along the cage and sunk in a rear-naked choke to cap the win.

Welterweight Gasan Umalatov earned his first UFC win, outlasting Brazilian Paulo Thiago by unanimous decision. The grinding affair began with a tentative, feeling out process on the feet. Late in the opening frame, Umalatov closed the distance and worked hard to bring the fight to the ground. The constant jostling for position along the cage was a precursor to the rest of the fight. The pair struggled to take control of the bout, but Umalatov stayed busier and claimed the verdict on the scorecards.

The first televised bout of the evening saw featherweights Edimilson “Kevin” Souza and Mark Eddiva thrill the fans with a back-and-forth affair. Souza landed big shots in the opening round as the fighters stood right in front of one another. The Brazilian’s reach allowed him to keep Eddiva at distance throughout the opening round, but Eddiva fired back with counters. In round two, Eddiva battered Souza’s legs with kicks, slowing Souza’s attack. However, late in the frame, Souza unloaded with a barrage of punches along the fence, forcing referee Herb Dean to intervene.

In a battle of decorated grapplers, it was the power of Ricardo Abreu’s right hand that set up a finish of Team Wanderlei teammate Wagner Silva. Abreu rocked Silva multiple times in the opening stanza as the pair traded wild haymakers. It was more of the same to kick off the second round as Abreu again stunned Silva with a punch, allowing him to latch onto a fight-finishing rear-naked choke.

It took just 20 seconds for Marcos Rogerio de Lima to dispatch of fellow TUF Brazil 3 castmate Richardson Moreira. De Lima scored with a big right hand from the clinch in the center of the Octagon. As Moreira stumbled backwards, de Lima landed another big shot that put Moreira out for good.

Former RFA bantamweight champion Pedro Munhoz picked up his first UFC win, stopping former Legacy title holder Matt Hobar in the first round. Fighting in his hometown, Munhoz quickly overcame Hobar’s height and reach advantage, rocking the Texan with a head kick. The Brazilian followed up with right hands and a guillotine attempt, before ultimately stopping the fight with more punches.

FULL RESULTS
Stipe Miocic def. Fabio Maldonado by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:35
Antonio Carlos Jr. def. Vitor Miranda by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) – TUF: Brazil 3 heavyweight final
Warlley Alves def. Marcio Alexandre Jr. by technical submission (guillotine choke). Round 3, 0:25  – TUF: Brazil 3 middleweight final
Demian Maia def. Alexander Yakovlev by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Robbie Peralta def. Rony Jason by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Rashid Magomedov def. Rodrigo Damm by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Elias Silverio def. Ernest Chavez by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 4:21
Gasan Umalatov def. Paulo Thiago by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Edimilson “Kevin” Souza def. Mark Eddiva by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:52
Ricardo Abreu def. Wagner Silva by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:06
Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Richardson Moreira by knockout (punches). Round 1, 0:20
Pedro Munhoz def. Matt Hobar by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:47