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
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