Going into the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 6 not too many people were giving Cung Le a chance of winning against Rich Franklin. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion not only proved his critics wrong, but he did so in devastating fashion.

Early in the fight it appeared that Le was the much slower fighter. Rich Franklin was able to land solid combinations and avoided any damage. Le remained patient and waited for an opening. Rich was finishing up his combos with leg kicks and dropping his hands. Le ate another leg kick and on the exit connected with a huge overhand right. The punch instantly put the lights out for Franklin. He crashed face first into the mat and Le didn’t need any more offense. The referee called a stop to the fight at the 2:17 mark of the first round.

The 40-year-old Le earned his second straight victory in the UFC octagon. This past July he defeated Patrick Cote by unanimous decision after dropping his UFC debut to Wanderlei Silva. I am unsure of what will be next for Le. Obviously his age will be a major factor in any of his future career decisions. Depending on the result of his fight next week rising French middleweight Francis Carmont is an option that comes to mind (really I’m just taking a guess). Regardless of what happens, Cung Le’s knockout of Rich Franklin will be one of his most memorable octagon performances.

As for 38-year-old Rich Franklin, retirement might be the best option. He is 3-4 in his last 7 bouts. This inconsistency is the reason Franklin might want to hang up his gloves for good. One thing I do know, Rich has a ton of heart and I would not be surprised if we see him in the octagon again. Maybe a fight with wrestler Jake Shields would be an exciting possibility. Franklin did say in his post-fight interview that “I need to go back to the drawing board with my coaches and make an intelligent decision.” That is probably the right thing to do.

Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin was the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 6: Macao. The event marked the UFC’s first official visit to China. In the night’s co-main event Brazillian Thiago Silva submitted previously undefeated Stanislav Nedkov in a clash of light heavyweights.

 

Brent Haugh
ProFightingFans.com Staff Writer

In a much needed win situation, Phil “New York Bad Ass” Baroni (15-15 MMA), answered the call Friday and in quick fashion. Quezon City, Philippines played host to “One FC: Pride of a Nation”, where Baroni made quick work of his opponent Rodrigo “Ximbica” Ribeiro (9-10 MMA).  What hard core MMA fans remember the “NYBA” for, a high light reel finish, he delivered once again. It only took Baroni 60 seconds to put Ribeiro away. Phil opened up the fight with a solid right that shook Rodrigo. After a sloppy attempt for a take down by Ribeiro, Baroni defended and landed a knee and few shots. “Ximbica” opted to pull guard only to have brutal punches and soccer kicks land to the head. Shortly after, the fight was called to an end and we saw Phil Baroni’s hand raised once again in victory.

Former title contender, a Strikeforce, UFC and Pride veteran, Baroni was said to be in a “must win” situation. With roughly 12 years in the business, it’s safe to say most fighters reaching this point in their career are close to an end. This isn’t to say they “must hang it up” due to the inability to fight or protect themselves anymore, but more of a “what’s left to prove”? With today’s fighters being more of an “athlete who can fight” rather than a “fighter who is athletic”, the sport is gearing more towards the new era of fighters who eat, sleep and train 7 days a week! The sport is seeing fighters much younger now and fight camps more methodical than what was taking place just a few years ago. Less brawls and more analytical game plans is what is being called for from their corners. This might be a bit too much for the older generation to adapt to, considering some of the best fights came from an era of legends who are slowly finding their once dreams nearing a close. Phil Baroni still holds the punching power of a knockout artist and the heart of true warrior to step inside any cage and leave it all on the mat. The “New York Bad Ass” will remain a fan favorite with hopes of a last “W” to fulfill a memorable career!

 

Cap Calderon
ProFightingFans.com Staff Writer
Twitter: @fight4urwrite

Friday night marked the pro MMA debut of grappling great Braulio “Carcara” Estima (1-0 MMA/TFC) at Titan Fighting Championship 24. The fight took place in Kansas City, Kansas as the bout served as the co-main attraction where Estima faced Chris “The Hammer” Holland (5-4 MMA, 0-1 TFC).  Right out the gate, Holland welcomed Estima with a big right hand that backed him up early in the first. It didn’t take long before Braulio would start looking for the clinch and takedown. A bit of clinching against the cage and solid commitment, Estima got the takedown. Feeling comfortable in a world he is used to, Estima quickly gained control on the ground and fished for submissions. After a failed attempt at an arm triangle to the right side, Brauilo found a secure choke identically on his opponents left side putting “The Hammer” to sleep. With visibly no damage, at the 3:41 mark in the first round Braulio Estima tallied his first “W” in MMA via arm triangle.

Although his opponent was not the greatest in MMA, this was a perfect start for Estima. Braulio is a 2nd degree black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr and multi-time grappling world champion. Estima has been training with the Blackzillans in Boca Raton, Fl, where his focus was on his MMA debut. Unfortunately, we were unable to see any striking from him as his grappling roots seemed to take over once competition started. His takedowns looked great, and obvious his submissions are second to none, but I feel a lot of work might still need to take place in other departments before his return to the cage.

Earlier this year, the world of MMA first became familiar with the name “Braulio Estima” as he was set to take on UFC welterweight contender and fan favorite Nick Diaz in a grappling super fight at the first ever World Jiu Jitsu Expo. Due to a communication failure, the bout did not take place but the name stayed buzzing. In order to capitalize on this, Estima must stay busy in the gym improving his MMA game, as well as stay active in the cage. In a sport that is always evolving, one strong suit is never enough. Let’s hope Mr. Estima evolves with the sport as we wish him luck at a successful journey through the world of mixed martial arts.

 

Cap Calderon
ProFightingFans.com Staff Writer
Email: Fight4urwrite@gmail.com
Twitter: @fight4urwrite

Main Card (on Pay-Per-View):
Rich Franklin def. Wanderlei Silva by uanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
Cezar Ferreira def. Sergio Moraes by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Rony Mariano Bezerra def. Godofredo Pepey by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Fabricio Werdum def. Mike Russow by TKO at 2:28, R1
Hacran Dias def. Yuri Alcantara by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Preliminary Card (on FX):
Rodrigo Damm def. Anistavio Medeiros by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:12, R1
Francisco Trinaldo def. Delson Heleno by TKO at 4:21, R1
Hugo Viana def. John Teixeira by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Thiago Perpétuo def. Leonardo Mafra by TKO at :41, R3

Preliminary Card (on Facebook):
Marcos Vanicius Borges Pancini def. Wagner Campos by TKO at 1:04, R3
Felipe Arantes vs. Milton Vieira – Draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)

For Northeast Ohioans, and much of this website’s demographic, Bellator 71 started off with an upset:Cleveland’s John Hawk andEast Liverpool’s Joey Holt were finished before they ever got started. Journeyman Light Heavyweight “Big” John Hawk, one of the most reliable workhorses of the 205 pound division saw his fight with Tim Carpenter nixed when Tournament odds-on-favorite Rich Hale cancelled due to illness. Carpenter stepped up to fightPhoenix,Arizona’s Beau Tribolet, leaving a disappointed Hawk without an opponent. Likewise,East Liverpool’s Joey Holt lost his opportunity to equal his highlight reel knockout of Clint Musser at Bellator 51 when his scheduled opponent, EJ Brooks of East St. Louis,MOcame in a whopping 4 pounds over weight and could not agree to terms that would allow the fight to take place at a catchweight.  But in spite of an inauspicious beginning, Bellator Fighting Championships managed to bring its version of the world stage to a rabid throng of MMA fans who gathered eagerly at The Harv at Mountaineer Casino and Racetrack inChester,West VirginiaFriday night.

Featherweights Neil Johnson (7-4) of Dulles, VA and Brylan Van Artsdalen (7-4) of Palmyra, NJ kicked off the action in what began as a one-sided contest in which Johnson appeared to be completely perplexed by the attack of Van Artsdalen, absorbing a barrage of unanswered leg kicks in a flat-footed display of what appeared to be utter confusion or outright apathy. Early into Round 2, when he caught a Van Artsdalen leg kick, Johnson came to life, suddenly turning the heretofore route into a slugfest that quickly played to his advantage, landing several brutal uppercuts before taking his opponent to the mat and finishing him with a Rear Naked Choke. Fans loudly applauded Johnson who showed his badly bruised thigh to the camera and could be seen limping about the venue later in the evening. One can only assume that Johnson was badly hurt by the early onslaught of leg kicks but eventually managed to execute his game plan, earning a convincing, if altogether bizarre victory.

Jason Butcher of West Hamlin,West Virginiaimproved his unbeaten record to (4-0) defeating Duane Bastress (5-2) of New Cumberland, PA in a bout pitting two crowd favorites against each other at middleweight.  Early in round 1 when Jorge Gurgel-trained Jason Butcher went to the ground just short of willingly, it was to the delight of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purists that he promptly and artfully locked in a fight ending Triangle Choke, submitting his opponent just seconds into the first round. Look for Butcher to make an impact at middleweight in the near future.

In what was to be the upset of the night, home crowd favorite Josh Stansbury (4-2) dropped a gigantic and menacing Dan Spohn with a lightning-fast right hook and proceeded to finish him with a guillotine choke at just 2:36 of the first round.  Spohn, who absorbed both a kick to the groin and a poke in the eye, appeared upset and disoriented begging the question whether a time out was warranted, but detracting very little from what was a demonstration of superior aggression and hand speed by Stansbury who looks to have a bright future, besting the likes of the very worthy opponent in Spohn (6-3).

Another bout pitting local favorites Chris Goldbaugh (2-2) ofWheeling,WVvs. Kevin Zalac (4-2) ofYoungstown,Ohioproved that both sides of the Ohio River were amply represented in their fan base as this back-and-forth battle brought forth alternating cheers from both theOhioandWest Virginiaconstituencies. In the end the superior hand speed and striking of Goldbaugh was simply overwhelmed by Zalac’s gas tank and superior positional wrestling, with Zalac eking out a unanimous decision in what was a closely contested fight as reflected in the judges score cards.

The night’s main card began with bitter rivals and one-time friends, Kevin Asplund and Brett Rogers who put on a show at Heavyweight, throwing heavy leather from the opening bell. It was Rogers who bettered his record to (12-4) over fellow Minnesotan Asplund who fell to (15-2) when he was unable to answer the bell to round 3, earning Rogers a convincing TKO victory in his Bellator debut.

Tim Carpenter (9-1), a last-minute replacement for the ailing Rich Hale, cashed in on his unexpected opportunity, defeating tough-as-nails opponent Beau Tribolet (7-2) by armbar at 4:51 of Round 2 in a fight that was very evenly matched on the feet before Carpenter gained a clear advantage on the ground, securing the win by submission in short order.

Roy Boughton (8-2) ofConcord,CAvs. Emanuel Newton (17-6-1) of  Norwalk, CA had the makings of fight-of-the-night, as the two Californian’s put on a high-energy spectacle, setting a break-neck pace right from the opening bell.Newton’s explosive power was on display immediately with the first round showcasing his ability to simply power through an often technically superior performance by his opponent, Boughton. Any questions as to whether Newton’s gas tank would equal his explosiveness were put to rest 49 seconds into the second round when he sunk in a Rear Naked Choke and submitted his opponent seemingly out of nowhere, solidifying the impression that he set early in the fight, that his skills and athleticism were simply on another level. InNewton, one can see the stuff of which truly great fighters are made and one can only hope that the veteran fighter has in him one more glimmer of brilliance.

In perhaps the most gratifying and endearing performance of the night, Bratislava, Slovakia’s Attila Vegh (26-4) wowed fans into a frenzy with his swift and decisive victory over Croatian powerhouse Zeleg Galesic (11-7). Fans voiced their approval with the contagious enthusiasm of Vegh who showed that submission can be as swift as a knockout punch, first stunning his opponent with a pin-point uppercut to the jaw, and then pouncing on the rear naked choke for the flash-submission victory at 1:00 of the very first round. The crowd was heard to laugh out loud, sharing the jubilation of an overjoyed Vegh.

And in the final bout of the evening, Chris Davis (10-4) of Gadsden, ALput up a valiant effort against MMA mainstay, Travis Wiuff (67-14) of Rochester, MNwho looked menacing and fearsome, ending the fight by way of KO resulting from brutal ground-n-pound at 4:12 of round one. Fans can only stand in awe of one of the Midwest’s finest who earns his 45th win by either KO or submission, and his 34th in the very first round, a record equaled by few in the history of the sport. All in all, a magnificent evening of fights, showcasing a gem of a venue in one of the 50 states newcomers to MMA, but sure to be home to many another great fight,West Virginia.

 

Joe Millin
ProFightingFans Staff Writer

Milton Vieira vs. Felipe Arantes

A second degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Milton “Miltinho” Vieira (13-7-1) will make his UFC debut in a featherweight bout that is positioned on the preliminary card of UFC 147 against Felipe “Sertanejo” Arantes (14-4, 2 NC), who is coming off of his first promotional victory.

Vieira, 33, is a Brazil native who fights out of the Brazilian Top Team.  The BJJ specialist made his professional debut in June of 2001 and fought early in his career for multiple international organizations like M-1 Mix fight, Heroes, PRIDE, and DEEP where he won half of his first twelve bouts.  From December 2007 through June of 2011, Vieira fought back in his native country winning five of his next seven contests.  Most recently, Vieira picked up a technical submission win over Sterling Ford last August at a Strikeforce Challengers event.

Arantes is a Brazilian native who now fights out of Newark, New Jersey with the Macaco Gold Team.  The Muay-Thai black belt made his professional debut in May of 2008 and won six of his first eight while competing in his native country.  In 2009, Arantes fought a pair of bouts fighting in the United States coming up winless at 0-1, NC.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt spent most of 2010-11 fighting back in Brazil where he went undefeated (7-0, NC) to earn a chance in the UFC.  Arantes lost in his UFC 134 debut last August falling via unanimous decision against countrymen Yuri Alcantara, but recently earned his first win for the promotion at UFC 142 with a decision win over Antonio Carvalho.

Prediction – Vieira Decision

Wagner Campos vs. Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini

Wagner “Galeto” Campos (11-3) will make his official octagon debut at UFC 147 against Marcos “Vina” (19-3-1) in a Facebook televised preliminary card bout that will be at 135 pounds.

“Galeto” is a Brazil native who fights out of the Gile Ribeiro Team.  The well rounded fighter made his professional debut in December 2006 and won his first six bouts before losing his first bout against UFC veteran John Lineker in 2009.  “Galeto” went on to win his next four bouts before losing back to back fights in 2011 and earning a spot on TUF Brazil.  Team Wanderlei made “Galeto” their seventh choice (13th overall) but he lost during the quarterfinals against “Pepey”

“Vina” is a Brazilian native who fights out of the Strikers House.  “Vina” made his professional debut in June of 2008 and won ten of his first thirteen.  After bouncing around the regional circuit in his native country, he went on to win nine of his next ten before earning a position on TUF Brazil.  He was chosen fifth (ninth overall) by Team Wanderlei and lost his quarterfinals round bout to Hugo Wolverine.

Prediction – Vina Decision

Thiago Perpetuo vs. Leonardo Mafra

Thiago “Bodao” Perpetuo (8-1-1) will try and make up for his TUF Brazil semifinal loss when he meets quarterfinalist Leonardo “Macarrao” Mafra (5-0) in a UFC 147 FX televised middleweight bout.

“Bodao” is a Brazil native who fights out of the Furacao Fight Team.  The Sao Paulo native made his professional debut in April of 2009 and went on to win four of his first six contests.  He ripped off a four fight winning streak, however, before earning his position on TUF Brazil.  The Max Fight, Jungle Fight, and Iron Fight Championships veteran was chosen 5th (10th overall) by Team Vitor and went on to win his quarterfinal round bout via TKO over “Massaranduba”.  He was upset in the semifinals via 1st round KO against Cezar Mutante.

“Macarrao” is also a Brazil native who fights out of the legendary Chute Boxe team.  “Macarrao” made his debut in February of 2011 and rattled off five wins in less than one year.  His last two victories have been via 1st round TKO.  Team Wanderlei made “Macarrao” their 8th pick (15th overall) and lost via submission against finalist Cezar Mutante.

Prediction – “Bodao” TKO

John Teixeira vs. Hugo Viana

John “Macapa” Teixeira (13-0-1) will attempt to use his experience to his advantage against Hugo “Wolverine” Viana (5-0) in a featherweight match-up on the FX televised preliminary card.

“Macapa”, 25, is a Brazil native who fights out of the Squadron Orlando Jr. team.  The submission specialist made his professional debut in September 2007 and has toured the Brazil regional fight circuit for about five years fighting in organizations like Iron Man Championships, Arena FC and Amazon Fight.  Prior to earning a position on TUF Brazil, “Macapa” won his last nine fights following his only career draw.  Team Wanderlei chose “Macapa” with their third choice (5th overall) and he went on to lose in the quarterfinal round via decision against Rodrigo Damm.

“Wolverine” is a Brazil native who fights out of the Champion Team.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt made his professional debut in May of 2010 and won three times in his first year as a professional.  He won only two bouts in 2011 while competing for regional promotions like Win Fight and Entertainment.  After fighting his way into TUF Brazil, “Wolverine” was chosen second (4th overall) by Team Vitor.  He won his quarterfinal round bout via decision over Marcos Vina and then lost his semifinal round fight via decision against Rony Jason.

Prediction – “Macapa” Decision

Delson Heleno vs. Francisco Drinaldo

Mixed Martial Arts journeyman Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno (23-6) will attempt to secure his first official octagon victory when he meets Francisco “Massaranduba” Drinaldo (10-1) in a UFC 147 FX televised preliminary card bout.

Heleno, 34, is a Rio de Janeiro, Brazil native who fights out of Gracie Fusion.  “Pe de Chumbo” made his professional debut in June of 2001 and won eight of his first ten competing mostly out of Brazil.  He spent about two years from April 2006-April 2008 fighting for IFL in the United States advancing to fight for the organizations’ welterweight title.  Since breaking from the team oriented league in 2008, Heleno has won ten of his last eleven including victories over Bellator’s Waachiim Spiritwolf and Japanese standout Yuri Shirai.  After winning his most recent fight last November, Heleno was chosen second (3rd overall) by Team Wanderlei.  The submission specialist lost in his quarterfinal bout via submission against Sergio Moraes.

“Massaranduba” is a Brazilian native who fights out of the Brazilian Top Team.  Drinaldo made his professional debut in May of 2006 and won his first six bouts while fighting in regional organizations across Brazil.  His only career setback came in May of 2010 against current UFC fighter Yuri Alcantara.  The well rounded “Massaranduba” won his last four fights before earning a position on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.  Chosen with Team Wanderlei’s fourth pick (7th overall), “Massaranduba” lost in the quarterfinal round against Thiago “Bodao” Perpetuo.

Prediction – Heleno TKO

Anistavio Mederios vs. Rodrigo Damm

Anistavio “Gasparzinho” Mederios (15-7) will attempt to settle his differences with TUF Brazil rival Rodrigo Damm (9-5) in a UFC 147 featherweight bout that is part of the FX televised preliminary card.

“Gasparzinho”, 24, is a Brazil native who fights out of both Team Nogueira and Pitbull Brothers teams.  The submission specialist made his professional debut in May of 2005 and has seen his career take ups and downs.  “Gasparzinho” won four of his first seven fights before rattling off a career long four fight winning streak.  The seven year professional has seen more success as of late winning seven of his last ten fights while competing for organizations like Shooto Brazil, Jungle Fight, and Mr. Cage.  His most recent victory took place last September at a Mr. Cage event submitting Orleans Smith.

Damm, 32, is a Brazil native who fights out of both Alliance MMA and his own Team Damm.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in October 2004 and lost his professional debut.  After suffering a defeat in his first official action, he went on to win eight in a row including an impressive TKO over Jorge Masvidal at Sengoku 3 in June 2008.  Since his landmark victory, he has dropped four of his last five while participating for Sengoku, Jungle Fight, and Strikeforce organizations.  Damm earned his way into the TUF Brazil house and was selected fourth (8th overall) by Team Vitor.  He earned a decision victory over John Macapa in the quarterfinals before being forced out of the competition due to an injury.

Prediction – Damm Submission

Yuri Alcantara vs. Hacran Dias

The streaking Yuri Alcantara (27-3) will attempt to continue his impressive thirteen-fight winning streak at UFC 147 when he meets promotional newcomer Hacran Dias (20-1-1), who has a current eight fight winning streak, in a main card featherweight bout.

Alcantara, 31, is a Brazil born mixed martial artist who fights out of Pattaya Fight.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in March 2004 and won eight of his first ten over the first four years of his career.  Fighting exclusively in his home country, “Marajo” lost only one bout over his following seventeen contests.  The former Leaf Combat and Jungle Fight Lightweight Champion earned his way into the WEC in late-2010 and won his only fight at WEC 53 via KO over Ricardo Lamas.  After making the transition into the UFC, Alcantara has won both of his bouts inside the octagon defeating Felipe Arantes at UFC 134 last August and Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 142 this past January.

Dias, 28, is a native of Rio de Janeirio, Brazil who fights out of the Nova Uniao team.  “Barnabe” made his professional debut in August of 2005 and went undefeated through his first thirteen bouts, all in Brazil.  His only loss came in his only bout outside of his home country dropping an M-1 Challenge 17 fight in South Korea to Yui Chul Nam.  After losing that July 2009 fight, Dias has won his last eight fights while competing for organizations like Jungle Fight, Pancrase, and Shooto Brazil.  His most recent action took place last December at Shooto Brazil 27 where he submitted Paulo Dantas.

Prediction – Alcantara TKO

Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow

Heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1) will attempt to take the next step towards sealing a title fight appearance at UFC 147 in the co-main event against once-beaten Mike Russow (15-1, NC).

Werdum, 34, is a Brazil native who fights out of Kings MMA.  The BJJ, Muay-Thai, and Judo black belt made his professional debut in 2002 and went undefeated through his first five bouts while competing in Brazil and England.  Werdum stepped on the big stage in 2005 when he posted four wins out of six total PRIDE FC fights in Japan.  He made the move into the UFC in 2007 and won half of his four fights before earning his pink slip.  He then won his first three in Strikeforce before losing to Alistair Overeem in June of 2011 at the Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals.  In his return to the UFC, Werdum earned a unanimous decision victory over Roy Nelson at UFC 143 this past February in a “Fight of the Night” performance.

Russow, 35, is an Illinois born mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Death Clutch in Minnesota.  The former division 1 wrestler made his professional debut in 1998 but then took eight years off before returning to action.  Overall, Russow was undefeated after his first five bouts while competing in regional organizations across Illinois.  His lone career loss came in February 2007 at PRIDE 33 where he submitted to Sergei Kharitonov.  Seven straight victories in the XFO, Adrenaline MMA, and Yarrennoka organizations earned him the opportunity to fight inside the UFC.   Beginning in 2009, Russow won all four of his bouts for the promotion.  Consecutive victories over Justin McCully, Todd Duffee, Jon Madsen, and Jon Olav-Einemo have put him in place to make a possible jump into contender status at 265 pounds.

Prediction – Werdum Submission

Godofredo de Olveira vs. Rony Mariano

Godofredo “Pepey” de Olveira (8-0) will attempt to win The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Featherweight Tournament Final when he meets Rony “Jason” Mariano (10-3) in a main card match-up.

Pepey is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who has six submissions victories in eight career fights.  The Fortaleza, Brazil native fights out of the Marcio Fight Team.  He began his professional career in 2003 but took almost three years off before returning to action.  Pepey won only once in 2006 and 2007, but won three times in 2010 and twice in 2011.  Pepey earned a position on TUF Brazil and was chosen sixth (12th overall) by Team Belfort.  After winning his quarterfinal fight he was flipped to Team Silva and won a semifinal match-up to advance into the finals.

Jason is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who fights out of Team Nogueira.  The submission specialist made his professional debut in 2006 and won five of his first eight bouts before getting in a groove and winning his final five fights prior to earning a spot on TUF Brazil.  Jason, who has a career victory over UFC veteran Felipe Arantes and a loss against current Featherweight contender Renan Barao, was chosen first overall by Team Silva.  He advanced into the TUF Brazil finals by defeating Gasparzinho in the quarterfinals and Hugo Wolverine in the semifinals.

Prediction – Pepey Decision

Sergio Moraes vs. Cezar Ferreira

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Middleweight Final is set with Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira (4-2) ready to face Sergio “Serginho” Moraes (6-1) after original finalist Daniel Sarafian was forced to pull out because of an injury.

Moraes, 29, is a Sao Paulo, Brazil native who fights out of Team Nogueira and Alliance Jiu-Jitsu.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in October 2006 and won his first five bouts including a Bellator 12 submission over American Josh Martin.  Moraes, a two time gold medalist in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships, lost an October 2009 bout against Brett Cooper but bounced back to win his most recent fight in March 2010.  After fighting his way into the TUF Brazil house, Moraes was chosen seventh (14th overall) by Team Vitor and defeated veteran Delson Heleno in the quarterfinals before losing to Sarafian in the semifinals.

Ferreira, 27, is a Brazilian native who fights out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in April of 2007 and won four of his first five while competing in XFC Brazil, Bitetti Combat, and Ring of Fire promotions.  “Mutante” lost his Superior Cage Combat bout last August in Las Vegas via KO before earning a spot on TUF Brazil.  Team Vitor chose Ferreira with his first pick (2nd overall) and watched as he submitted Leonardo Macarrao in the quarterfinals and knocked out “Bodao” in the semifinals to earn his position in the final.

Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin

“The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1, NC) will headline UFC 147 against former Middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin (28-6, NC) in a 190 pound catch weight bout.  Franklin steps in for The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil coach Vitor Belfort, who had to bow out due to an injury.

Silva, 35, is a Brazil native who fights out of his own Wand Fight Team in Las Vegas, Nevada.  “The Axe Murderer” made his professional debut in 1996 and fought in Brazil regional organizations until joining the UFC in 1998.  Silva competed on and off for the promotion until 2000 when he began competing full-time in Japan for PRIDE FC.  Silva had a very successful tenure in PRIDE until 2007, winning both the Middleweight Championship and Middleweight Grand Prix during his time in Japan.  After the organization fell on hard times, Silva returned to the UFC in 2007 and has posted three victories in seven bouts since.  Silva has seen a little more success lately winning two of his last three including a TKO win over Cung Le at UFC 139 last November.

Franklin, 37, is an Ohio born mixed martial artist who fights out of JG MMA and Team Extreme.  “Ace” made his professional debut in 1999 and went undefeated through his first twelve fights while competing for regional organizations like Extreme Challenge, Rings USA, and WEF.  His UFC career began in 2003 and has included numerous highlights.  Franklin won the Middleweight Championship in 2005 and defended his title twice.  He also earned another title fight in 2007, however was stopped by current Champ Anderson Silva.  The former Champ returned to the light-heavyweight division in 2008 and has won two of his last five over his last three years of fighting.  His most recent fight took place last February at UFC 126 losing to Forrest Griffin.

Prediction – Silva TKO

 

Nick Russell
ProFightingFans.com Staff Writer

UFC 146 will take place on May 26, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and   will be a Pay Per View televised event. The UFC 146 fight card rumors are listed below where we will continue to update these as announcements are made. Also be sure to check back for the official UFC 146 results here at ProFighting-fans.com after the fights are complete.

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Results for UFC 146 Fight Card:

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Pay Per View Televised UFC 146 Fight Card Results:

  • Junior dos Santos def. Frank Mir by TKO at 3:04, R2
  • Cain Velasquez def. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva by TKO at 3:36, R1
  • Roy Nelson def. Dave Herman by KO at :51 , R1
  • Stipe Miocic def. Shane Del Rosario by TKO at 3:14, R2
  • Stefan Struve def. Lavar Johnson by submission (arm bar) at 1:05, R1

     

UFC 146 Preliminary Fight Card Results:

  • Darren Elkins def. Diego Brandao by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Jamie Varner def. Edson Barboza by TKO at 3:23, R1
  • C.B. Dollaway def. Jason “Mayhem” Miller by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 29-28)
  • Dan Hardy def. Duane “Bang” Ludwig by KO at 3:51, R1
  • Paul Sass def. Jacob Volkmann by submission (triangle/arm bar) at 1:54, R1
  • Glover Teixeira def. Kyle Kingsbury by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:53, R1
  • Mike Brown def. Daniel Pineda by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

The atmosphere at Titan 22 in Kansas City, Kansas was unbelievable and the night was full of exciting fights. The undercard was stacked with local talent and Tony Cardello won the Amateur TFC Middleweight Championship. He plans on defending the title once or twice and then think about making his pro debut because he is 33 years old and is 5-0 and knows his game time is running out.

The first fight on the main card featured top prospect Mirsad Bektic. Mirsad is making a name for himself in Titan as one of the rising stars. He is now 4-0 and has finished every one of his opponents. He took out Willie Mack in the 2nd round by KO which was a late stoppage by the referee and the Kansas Athletic Commission pulled the ref for the rest of the night since the safety of fighters is the most important thing. After the fight Mirsad said he is looking to fight “whoever has a good name”.

One thing I really enjoyed from Titan 22 was Rudy Bears entrance. He told his kids class “If they work hard he will let them walk out with him”. Rudy told me “ To be honest that was a little more pressure on me cause 2 of them are my kids and I can’t let them see daddy get hurt.” Luckily for Rudy he fought like a beast and put all the pressure on Nolte and pounded on him until he made him tap from strikes. Rudy Bears has had his ups and downs in the sport and really needed that win. One thing I can say about Rudy Bears is that he always takes tough fights and I respect that.

In my opinion Andrew Whitney Vs. Jose Vega should have been for the Bantamweight Title. These 2 guys are the top Bantamweights in this area and had a lot of respect for each other coming into the fight. Andrew Whitney showed that he is top talent and that he can take out tough opponents and moves his record to 8-1 with a Knockout victory over Jose Vega 2:55 seconds into the very first round. Andrew Whitney told me after the fight “Jose Vega is one of the best guys in the Midwest and I made short work of him.” With this win Andrew Whitney proves he is one of the top Bantamweight fighters outside of the UFC.

LC Davis was one of the casualties of the WEC/UFC merger and was on a 3 fight losing streak coming into this fight at Titan 22. Davis felt like this fight with Bill Kamery was a must win for him. LC came out strong and beat Kamery in every aspect of the game and had a spectacular Bantamweight debut. Davis is back in the winning column and is looking to stay there. I talked with LC Davis after the fight and he told me “I just want to keep winning.” It was great to see LC Davis get the win because I have been following his career since his IFL days.

The Main Event of the evening ended up being more of a cat and mouse game with Dave Branch playing the smart game and trying to stay away from the power of Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson. I feel like Anthony Johnson chased him the whole fight and never cut off the cage. You would think with all the drama behind Johnson that he would come out to finish the fight but it was the opposite. Not only did Anthony Johnson have to make the fight a catchweight of 195 lbs. but he didn’t even seem to come to fight. If there is a health issue with Johnson from trying to cut too much weight then he just needs to fight at 205. If you can’t make 185 then you need to sign for a catchweight fight. Any promoter that gives ‘Rumble’ a chance has to know that missing weight is a possibility.

 

By Chris Gregory – @ChrisGregoryMMA
ProFightingFans.com Guest MMA Writer