- Fabricio Werdum vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira LATEST UPDATE
- Leonardo Santos vs. William “Patolino” Macario
- Rafael Cavalcante vs. Thiago Silva
- Erick Silva vs. Jason High
- Eddie Mendez vs. Daniel Sarafian
- Rony Mariano Bezerra vs. Mike Wilkinson
- Raphael Assuncao vs. Vaughan Lee
- Felipe Arantes vs. Godofredo Castro
- Ildemar Alcantara vs. Leandro Silva
- Mizuto Hirota vs. Rodrigo Damm
- Caio Magalhaes vs. Karlos Vemola
- Anthony Smith vs. Antonio Braga Neto
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Smith comes out with a sweeping punch, misses and takes one back from Neto, who then rushes the American into the fence. Smith gets off the fence to land a knee and they reset in the middle. Neto pops Smith with a left hook, and the middleweights spend half a minute circling before Neto comes in behind a combo to try for a takedown. Smith defends at first with a sprawl, but Neto keeps after it and plows him down at the base of the cage. After nearly having his back taken in the scramble, Smith sweeps to top position. Neto immediately latches on to Smith’s left leg as they roll, then extends the limb, immediately forcing Smith to tap out to the kneebar. Antonio Braga Neto wins his UFC debut via submission at 1:52 of round one.
Magalhaes shoots almost immediately for a double-leg, but Vemola sprawls and punishes the Brazilian with a series of short left hands. Magalhaes pops up and now it’s Vemola looking for a takedown on the fence. Magalhaes grabs a guillotine and jumps guard, but Vemola pops his head free before slamming Magalhaes to the canvas. The jiu-jitsu stylist throws up his legs while Vemola stays heavy on top, dodging submissions and punishing Magalhaes’ head and body with punches and elbows. Magalhaes recovers full guard and swings his hips for an armbar. Vemola stands and extracts his arm, then bashes Magalhaes with a flurry of brutal left hands. Now it’s right hands from Vemola blasting the reddened face of Magalhaes, who is maintaining guard and trying to defend against the onslaught. Magalhaes gets to his feet with Vemola clinging to his waist. Magalhaes turns around and pulls guard with another guillotine attempt, from which Vemola escapes. Vemola goes for a double with 45 seconds left and Magalhaes tries yet another guillotine. Vemola slams Magalhaes before freeing his head this time, but eventually, Vemola escapes to finish the round on top.
Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Vemola
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Vemola
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Vemola
Magalhaes puts Vemola’s back on the fence right away, but Vemola turns it around as the middleweights throw slow strikes in the clinch. Magalhaes reverses again and takes Vemola to the ground, then passes to side control on the right. Vemola gives up his back and Magalhaes looks for a rear-naked choke, can’t get, then postures up and batters with ground-and-pound. Vemola escapes and tries to stand, but only makes it to his knees before Magalhaes shoves him back down. Magalhaes roughs him up with punches before Vemola gives up his back again, and this time Magalhaes gets the RNC. Vemola taps out, giving Caio Magalhaes the win via submission at 2:49 of round two.
The featherweights feint and circle in the center of the cage for half a minute before Hirota sticks a jab. Damm counters with a cracking right hand and a leg kick. Hirota comes back to stagger Damm with a jab, tries to follow up with more punches and they wind up fighting on the fence briefly. Damm knocks Hirota down and pounces; Hirota grabs the fence in his attempt to stand, drawing a warning from referee Mario Yamasaki. As Hirota slowly creeps up the fence, Damm keeps hold of a bodylock, then tosses the Japanese fighter back down. Hirota is warned again for grabbing the cage as he stands again, still pinned to a cagepost by Damm. With two minutes left, Hirota escapes and pops Damm with a left hand. Damm answers with a blocked body kick and a slapping outside leg kick. Damm lands another wide right hand that has Hirota moving backward momentarily. Hirota gets tagged with another right, but answers with an uppercut to the body of Damm before the horn.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Damm
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Damm
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Damm
Hirota is sticking his jab in the early going of round two, but now Damm has a left-handed counter to answer. Damm switches to leg kicks after a minute, spinning Hirota around with one and drawing a low-kick reply from the former Sengoku champ. Hirota continues to try and stick his jab, landing some but eating more counters from Damm. Lunging in with a long left, Hirota pops Damm, who backpedals and escapes along the fence. Damm connects with a thudding body kick, answered by a Hirota leg kick. Damm misses with a wide pair of hooks and eats a jab. The Brazilian shoots on a single-leg and Hirota spins out with one minute remaining. Hirota lands a jab and an outside thigh kick, then comes faster on an exchange of straight punches. Hirota is on the move now, coming forward on Damm as the round expires.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Hirota
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Hirota
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hirota
Hirota comes in low behind a combination, looking to take Damm to the ground, but Damm shoves him off. Now it’s Damm looking for a takedown and being denied by Hirota, who lands a leg kick and goes body-head with punches. Damm answers with a nice one-two, misses with his follow-up punches and eats a jab. Left hooks to the body and head land for Hirota as he briefly pushes forward. Damm grazes with an overhand right that doesn’t seem to faze Hirota. Again, Hirota goes to the body and head with a combo, then continues moving forward and lands a right cross. Damm turns away a takedown try from Hirota and lands a hard leg kick. As the clock hits the one-minute mark, Damm hits a takedown, then a thunderous suplex on Hirota. They roll and Hirota scrambles to his feet as Damm tries to take his back. Hirota misses with a slow high kick, keeps coming forward and slugs Damm with a left. Damm comes back with a counter left of his own and finishes the fight with a front kick to the body and a low kick.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Damm (29-28 Damm)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Damm (29-28 Damm)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Hirota (29-28 Hirota)
Official result: The judges score the bout 29-28 Hirota, 29-28 Damm and 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Rodrigo Damm.
Alcantara walks Silva toward the fence and picks at the smaller man with straight punches. Silva changes levels and runs into a knee from Alcantara, but the Jungle Fight vet backs off and allows Silva to reset. Still circling around the outside, “Marajo” pumps more straight punches in Silva’s face, but he slips on a kick and winds up with Silva on top, in Alcantara’s open guard. Butterfly guard for Alcantara now as Silva stands and grabs hold of his opponent’s legs. Alcantara gets back to his feet and Silva goes after a single-leg on the fence. Alcantara pulls his leg free and socks Silva with a right hand as they break. Silva holds Alcantara on the fence until Alcantara trips him to the ground away from the cage. Alcantara tries to stack up while Silva slides his knee across to attack a leg. Some ground-and-pound lands for Alcantara before he backs off and ref Marc Goddard orders Silva back up. Silva finishes the round going for another single-leg.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Alcantara
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Alcantara
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Alcantara
Alcantara backs Silva toward the fence again with long punches and switch kicks. Silva peppers Alcantara’s legs with low kicks as he moves backward. Silva tries to come forward with punches but is blocked by the jab of Alcantara, who walks Silva down and lands a step-in knee to the body. Silva is denied another takedown attempt and then ordered back up by referee Goddard. Alcantara keeps pushing forward, picking his shots on Silva, who is offering little offense in return. Alcantara switches his stance to orthodox and gets zapped by a left from Silva, then quickly switches back to southpaw. More jabs from Alcantara as the round winds down. Silva tries a spinning heel kick as time runs out and winds up on his back after slipping.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Alcantara
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Alcantara
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Alcantara
Alcantara is again on the offensive, backing Silva into the fence with body kicks this time. After 45 seconds, Silva tries to get busy, but only manages a couple punches before he’s backed away. Silva shoots a single-leg which Alcantara slips with ease. Boos sprinkle down from the Fortaleza crowd onto the Brazilian welterweights. Alcantara takes Silva to the ground with just over two minutes remaining. Silva squirms underneath, so Alcantara backs off, stands and crashes back down with a big punch. Silva lands an illegal upkick as they work on the ground, but Alcantara is fine and the fight continues without a point deduction. Alcantara stands back up as they restart and Silva pushes forward, only to be taken down again. They move to north-south position, then stand again to exchange body kicks as time runs out.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Alcantara (30-27 Alcantara)
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Alcantara (30-27 Alcantara)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Alcantara (30-27 Alcantara)
Official result: All three judges score the bout 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision, Ildemar Alcantara.
Pepey lunges after Arantes on the fence and works for a single-leg while Arantes defends. Pepey nearly takes Arantes’ back as they tumble to the ground, but “Sertanejo” flips around and puts Pepey’s back on the canvas. Pepey has his guardwork interrupted by some heavy shots on top, then answers right back by elbowing Arantes in the face. More elbows come from Pepey underneath before he works a kimura sweep and takes full mount on Arantes. Posturing up to drop punches, Pepey is stifled by Arantes’ guard. Arantes hits a sweep of his own and immediately begins bashing Pepey with nasty elbows and punches. Pepey is dazed and not properly defending himself, so referee Dan Miragliotta steps in, giving Felipe Arantes the win via TKO at 3:32 of round one.
Assuncao opens up with kicks to the legs and body of Lee, who stays on his back foot in the southpaw stance. Assuncao gets in on a single-leg against the fence and Lee defends, socking Assuncao in the ribs while standing on one leg. Assuncao releases and tags Lee with a right hand on the split. A flying knee misses for Assuncao, allowing Lee to circle off the fence. Lee sticks a jab and Assuncao slips to the ground, then pops back up. Lee lands a left up top, a leg kick and a left to the body. Assuncao drives forward and plows Lee down at the base of the fence, but Lee is right back on his feet with two minutes to go in the opening round. Assuncao changes levels behind a two-piece combo and slams Lee down with a big double-leg. Heavy right hands land to the body of Lee as Assuncao postures up in half-guard, then moves to side control on Lee’s right. Lee tries to get his knee between them, but Assuncao defends and takes full mount with 30 seconds left. Lee bucks out and gets to his knees, where he’s wrapped up by Assuncao to finish the round.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Assuncao
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Assuncao
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Assuncao
The bantamweights exchange blocked high kicks before Lee begins looking for a takedown. Assuncao turns it around and works for a high double of his own, though he’s now bleeding from the face. Assuncao finishes the takedown and moves to full mount, then pivots to set up an armbar on Lee’s right arm. Assuncao looks to go belly-down and finish the submission, then rolls Lee onto his back, breaks the Englishman’s grip and extends the arm. Lee taps right away, and Raphael Assuncao gets the win via submission at 1:51 of round two.
Wilkinson moves around the perimeter while “Rony Jason” stalks from the center. After 40 seconds, Wilkinson changes levels and puts Jason on his back, and the Brazilian quickly throws up his legs for a triangle. The choke is deep, and Jason adds a series of elbows from his back as Wilkinson goes to sleep. Referee Marc Goddard recognizes that Wilkinson is out and calls the fight at 1:24 of round one.
Sarafian lands the first strong offense of the fight about 40 seconds in, tagging Mendez with a two-punch combo. Mendez responds with a left hand before shoving Sarafian against the fence. Sarafian uses an inside trip to put Mendez on his back, then works to pass to side control on Mendez’s right. Instead, Sarafian frames up an arm-triangle choke, trapping Mendez’s left arm and squeezing from half-guard. Mendez is forced to tap out, and ref Dan Miragliotta waves this one off at 2:20 of round one.
High whips a couple kicks in the direction of Silva, who backs out of the way of both. Silva sprawls on a shot from High and takes the American’s back in the ensuing scramble. Silva transitions from a rear-naked choke attempt to a triangle armbar from back control, and an overwhelmed High is quickly forced to submit. Erick Silva picks up the submission win at 1:11 of round one.
Feijao opens with a leg kick and Silva slips a right straight. Silva lands a body kick before backing up and covering to avoid a string of heavy Feijao punches down the middle. Cavalcante digs a straight right to Silva’s body, then goes up top. Silva comes forward now and has a body kick deflect off Cavalcante’s right arm. Feijao jabs, then ducks under two hooks from Silva and pops back up to attack Silva’s ribs. Silva attacks with leg kicks and lands a right hand, but Feijao answers with a right of his own. Silva connects with a body kick but comes up short on three punches behind it. Both men are covering up well under attack in this give-and-take exchange until Cavalcante surprises Silva with a spinning elbow. Silva recovers quickly and comes forward to back Feijao against the cage with punches and knees. Feijao calmly circles out, but Silva stays on him and elbows the Strikeforce vet’s face. Silva peppers Cavalcante’s legs with kicks and covers up to avoid an uppercut. A right hook-right uppercut combo from Silva rocks Cavalcante’s head, and Silva follows up with an inside leg kick before waving Feijao on. Instead, it’s Silva who charges forward, backing his opponent against the fence and clobbering Cavalcante with a barrage of clean punches to the head. Feijao drops, then gets to his knees, where he’s met with a pair of right hands which seal his fate. Referee Dan Miragliotta jumps in to rescue the dazed Feijao, giving Thiago Silva the win via knockout at 4:29 of round one.
Patolino strikes first with an inside leg kick, then ducks a punch from Santos and tries to clinch. Santos shakes him off, but Patolino gets back inside to push Santos against the fence. Santos tries a guillotine, but it’s not deep and Patolino gets his head free with ease. Patolino eats a punch from Santos to take the Nova Uniao representative down at the base of the fence. Patolino manages a few solid punches and elbows as Santos works to wrap him up from underneath. With two minutes left in the round, Patolino postures up to drop punches, then grabs the back of Santos’ head to slug away with right hands. Santos looks to be in trouble as he goes to his back again and tries to post. Santos gets to his feet with 70 seconds left, held on the fence by Patolino’s underhooks. Eventually, Patolino releases Santos, and Santos tries to make up some ground with a hard leg kick. Santos botches a throw and winds up on the ground with Patolino trying to take his back at the end of the round.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Patolino
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Patolino
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Patolino
Santos lands a couple punches on Patolino, who drops his hands to his sides and allows Santos to clinch up. Patolino reverses on the fence before separating and creating space. Santos is starting to string together strikes -- leg kicks, punches and a knee -- before Patolino changes levels and puts Santos on the ground. Three minutes left and Patolino works from Santos’ open guard, scooting Santos toward the fence. Santos scrambles up and dodges an uppercut, then catches an incoming Patolino with a knee to the body. They tie up and Patolino grabs hold of the fence to get top position as Santos hits a takedown. Ref Marc Goddard pauses the fight and restarts them on the feet, warning Patolino without deducting a point. They restart and Patolino clinches Santos against the fence, but Santos trips Patolino to the ground and quickly steps into full mount. Santos sits up to drop elbows and punches until Patolino turns over; when he does, Santos grabs hold of an arm-triangle. The choke looks deep as Santos steps over. Patolino resists at first, but eventually taps out at the 4:43 mark of round two, making Leonardo Santos the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 2.
Referee Mario Yamasaki is the third man in the cage for tonight’s heavyweight main event. Werdum opens up with an inside leg kick as Nogueira chases him counterclockwise around the perimeter. They tie up on the fence and Werdum tosses Nogueira to the floor, then steps into full mount. Nogueira stuffs him back to half-guard, so Werdum sits up to sock Nogueira with a pair of hard right hands. Werdum grabs head-and-arm control, so Nogueira goes to deep half-guard, then goes after a single-leg. Werdum spins out and zaps Nogueira with a knee as “Big Nog” gets to his feet. A stiff jab from Werdum snaps back Nogueira’s head, but the former Pride champ keeps pressing forward. Nogueira shoves Werdum against the fence with an underhook and does a little dirty boxing. Werdum slips out and checks the oncoming Nogueira with an outside thigh kick. Nogueira strings together a pair of solid combos that have Werdum stumbling backwards. The big men clinch on the fence, Nogueira on the outside, slugging Werdum with a couple sneaky uppercuts. Werdum shoves off and sticks a jab in Nogueira’s face. Nogueira keeps coming forward and lands a short, standing elbow as he closes in on Werdum on the fence. Werdum glances at the clock for the second time with 15 seconds left, then breaks away from the clinch before the horn sounds.
Tristen Critchfield scores the round 10-9 Werdum
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Werdum
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Werdum
Werdum starts the round with some hard leg kicks, then steps into the pocket, slugs Nogueira with a right hand and dips out. Nogueira clinches Werdum against the fence with an underhook and lands a couple lefts before being turned around. Nogueira pulls guard for a guillotine attempt, but he loses it almost as soon as they hit the ground, and it’s Werdum working on top with 3:15 left in the round. Werdum is in side control, leaning right to left on Nogueira and hunting for a kimura on the far arm. Nogueira tries to scramble up and winds up in north-south position. As Nogueira turtles to try to stand, Werdum jumps on his back, then goes belly down on an armbar. Werdum stretches out Nogueira’s left arm, and ref Yamasaki steps in as Nogueira verbally submits at 2:41 of round two.