Following every UFC and Invicta FC event, The MMA Corner will break down the event and suggest fights the promotion should make in the future. This week, our focus is on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Finale, which took place on May 31 from the Ginasio do Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos

Fabio Maldonado had been talked up all week leading into the event to sell him as a threat to Stipe Miocic. People claimed him as the toughest in the division with no knockout losses, other than a doctor’s stoppage, on his record. However, Miocic put an end to that claim.

The Ohio native stopped Maldonado just 35 seconds into the fight to improve his UFC record to 6-1. Miocic has now won three straight fights. Although a quick finish of Maldonado is satisfactory, Miocic would have preferred it to be a different opponent.

He was expected to face former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at the event, but “Cigano” pulled out of the bout due to a hand injury. Obviously, the logical move to make next is to attempt once again to pair Miocic and dos Santos. Yet, the health of dos Santos is up in the air. It’s clear Miocic really wanted to fight Cigano, so it’s possible he may be willing to wait for the former champ to recover.

Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Elias Theodorou

A true middleweight was crowned the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 heavyweight tournament. Antonio Carlos Jr. topped Vitor Miranda in a decisive three-round bout to win the prize. But, after weighing in at just over 210 pounds, the Brazilian can be expected to move down to the 185-pound weight class to compete in his next UFC fight.

Meeting him there could be another winner of The Ultimate Fighter.

Elias Theodorou won the TUF Nations season of the reality series, but he has yet to step back into the Octagon again. In the past, the UFC has made fights between winners of the show before—Norman Parke vs. Leonardo Santos, Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith—so it’s definitely a possibility.

Warlley Alves vs. Peter Sobotta

On the middleweight side of the latest season, Warlley Alves walked away with the six-figure contract after a one-sided victory over Marcio Alexandre Jr. Alves roughed up his opponent in the cage for more than 10 minutes before securing a guillotine choke in the third frame. Alexandre had no choice other than tapping as Alves backed up his two first-round finishes during the season with a finish in the finals.

There is certainly a good amount of hype behind the 23-year-old, and rightfully so. But he’s still young and doesn’t need to be fed to the wolves of the 170-pound division just yet. Instead, a fight against a guy like Peter Sobotta is a safer option.

After going 0-3 in the UFC from 2009 to 2010, Sobotta was released from the promotion. However, the German went on a roll outside the UFC, and returned to defeat Pawel Pawlak at UFC Fight Night 41 on Saturday. Sobotta represents an experienced challenger for Alves, and it allows the Brazilian to slowly progress through the loaded welterweight division.

Demian Maia vs. Mike Pyle

After back-to-back losses, Demian Maia returned to the Octagon desperately needing a win. The Brazilian received a gift in facing newcomer Alexander Yakovlev, who was not up to par. Maia dominated his Russian foe for much of the three rounds.

It was a safe, conservative victory for Maia, to say the least. Maia gained full mount four times throughout the fight, but he didn’t look to finish until the third round. However, a win is a win, and he will look to draw a bigger name for his next bout.

That name should be Mike Pyle.

Pyle has won five of his last six fights, including a third-round finish of T.J. Waldburger at UFC 170. Maia needs another win before climbing up to take on top-10 names, and the same can be said about Pyle.

Robbie Peralta vs. Diego Brandao

To kick things off on the main card of the finale event, Robbie Peralta fought Rony Jason to a close decision verdict. After three rounds, Peralta earned the victory in Jason’s home country.

Peralta has now won two fights in a row, and he has looked sharp in doing so. He may not be knocking on the door of the top 15 just yet, but he could be soon if he stays on track.

The fight Peralta should take next is against Diego Brandao.

Brandao has run into back luck as of late in his search for an opponent. The Brazilian was supposed to face Will Chope, only to see his opponent released on the day of the scheduled fight. Then, he had his fight against Brian Ortega scratched after Brandao injured himself days before the event.

There is the injury to tend to, but Brandao should be prepared to return by the time that Peralta is ready for his next fight. If everything works out, Brandao vs. Peralta has the potential to be a fun scrap.

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.