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 we await this week’s TUF Nations Finale, the third installment of the Brazilian version of the UFC’s landmark reality series continues to keep on rolling.

On the sixth episode of the show, coach Wanderlei Silva aimed for a fourth consecutive win against rival coach Chael Sonnen. Silva selected the first two middleweight bouts of the season, as well as the first heavyweight bout. It felt appropriate, therefore, that Silva would keep the pattern going and select the second heavyweight bout, with his third pick, Richardson Moreira going against Sonnen’s last heavyweight pick, Job Kleber.

Before the battle, Team Sonnen finally put an end to their losing skid during yet another team challenge. This week, the challenge involved writing TUF: Brasil using a strings-based device. The challenge required the teamwork so the words were correctly written and approved by a professor. Because Team Sonnen won it, Team Wanderlei would be locked in one room while Team Sonnen enjoyed what advisor Hortência Marcari called a pajama party.

Prior to the weigh-ins, Silva and Sonnen finally engaged in the confrontation we expected all season.  Sonnen pushed Silva and went for a takedown not long after being confronted by the former Pride champion about their upcoming bout. Eventually, both teams tried to break the action up, but Team Wanderlei’s Muay Thai coach Andre Amade landed a blow to the back of Sonnen’s head and ripped his shirt before bragging about the ordeal, perplexing members of the opposing team.

Heavyweight Fight: Richardson Moreira (Team Wanderlei) vs. Job Kleber (Team Sonnen)

Moreira threw a huge right hand to set up an early takedown. He began to work from side control and eventually worked to get the full mount, though Kleber locked up his half-guard initially. Moreira looked to stick a solid punch, but Kleber swept his foe. Unfortunately, he could not do anything else of significance, as Moreira immediately hunted for an armbar from the bottom and earned the tap to lock another “W” down for his team, which is now 4-0 in the competition.

Richardson Moreira def. Job Kleber by submission (armbar). Round 1

Kleber revealed that he broke his finger some time during the fight and could not make a fist or grip with his left hand before tapping to the armbar.

We will find out the fate of both coaches from UFC President Dana White next week, knowing fully well that someone will leave the show next week. Can Team Wanderlei create a clean sweep in this tournament and dominate the field, or will Team Sonnen finally put themselves in position to take over? Find out next week on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3!

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.