(5/31/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Edimilson Souza - 92.5
2. Stipe Miocic - 92.4
3. Marcos Rogerio de Lima - 92.2
4. Pedro Munhoz - 92.2
5. Ricardo Abreu - 92.0
6. Antonio Carlos Jr. - 91.2
7. Warlley Alves - 91.1
8. Demian Maia - 91.0
9. Robbie Peralta - 90.1
10. Elias Silverio - 89.9
UFC The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Elevation: 2,493'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Edimilson Souza vs. Mark Eddiva
90.8
Fighters & Matches 88.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.1
88.8
TKO
(Punches)
2:47
     This was a pretty straight forward fight. Munhoz threw punches, Hobar kept getting hit, Hobar got rocked several times by some of those big punches, eventually Hobar was taken to the ground, where Munhoz continued to punch him in the face, Hobar kept getting rocked, and eventually the referee just stopped the fight, because clearly Hobar didn't belong in this fight. Nice first win for Pedro Munhoz in the UFC. I don't know if I want to see Hobar fight again though.
89.4
KO
(Punches)
0:20
      Wow, this was a pretty quick fight. Both guys came together, they clinched, Marcos clearly looked like the larger man, and he pushed Moreira away, landed a huge overhand right as they broke away from each other, knocked Moreira to the ground face first, and then finished him off with some more punches. This night is off to a pretty explosive start!
89.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:06
      Nice! Abreu came out VIOLENT, throwing bombs, and rocking Silva early, and he kept coming forward, throwing bomb after bomb, trying to take Silva's head off. He sort of got gassed near the end of the first round, and Silva was able to show some of his more technical striking, but I still gave the first round to Abreu. The second round started, Silva thought he hurt Abreu, but Abreu exploded on Silva as he moved in for the kill, and after beating the shit out of him again, he got on Silva's back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight. I really like this Ricardo Abreu guy!
90.8
TKO
(Punches)
9:52
      YEAH! That fight was fucking awesome! Souza always impresses me with his striking skills, and by the end of this fight, he blew my mind. His boxing is extremely solid, he punched the shit out of Eddiva's face, and eventually the referee had to stop the fight, even though they were both still standing, but Eddiva just wasn't able to defend himself against the strikes. Awesome win for Souza. Eddiva looked strong too though, he brought the fight to Souza, especially in the first round, but in the end, I had both rounds scored in favor of Souza, so awesome fight. I can't wait to see this dude fight again!
87.3
Decision
15:00
      It's always a little bit disappointing when one of the few fighters on the card that is actually a UFC veteran (Paulo Thiago), doesn't actually perform very well, and ends up having one of the worst fights on the card. With that being said, Thiago seemed to have slightly better striking, but he kept shooting for takedowns, failed most of the time, and always ended up getting his head caught in various weak choke attempts. I ended up giving the fight to Umalatov, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed for the most part.
88.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
14:21
      This was a decent fight. Ernest Chavez won the first round, by being more aggressive, and landing more strikes. Silverio won the second round, by finishing strong, and rocking Chavez at the end of the round. Silverio clearly won the third round, because he got on Chavez's back, and locked on a rear-naked choke and finished the fight. So nice win for Elias Silverio, and even though he's been sort of flying under my radar so far, this makes 3-0 in the UFC for Silverio, and 11-0 overall in his MMA career, so apparently this guy MIGHT actually be a pretty legit fighter. I'll be sure to pay more attention next time he fights, especially if they give him someone that's actually ranked somewhere in the top 20.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      Well, here we are with another sort of boring fight. Rodrigo Damm clearly didn't bring his A-Game to this one, sort of floating through all 3 rounds, while Magomedov beat him up with his boxing. Damm went for a couple of takedowns, but Magomedov proved to have pretty spectacular takedown defense, so in the end, I gave the fight to Magomedov, 30-27, and all 3 judges agreed.
89.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Well this was one hell of a fight. I gave the first round to Bezerra, for slightly out-pointing Peralta, but the final two rounds, I thought Peralta really went after it, and he was swinging for the fences, landing a lot of strikes, and countering all of the grappling offense that Bezerra threw at him, so I gave the fight to Peralta, 29-28, and two of the judges gave him the fight. The other judge (obviously biased) gave the fight to Bezerra, the Brazilian fighter, 30-27.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      Well, that was a pretty one-sided event with Maia taking the fight to the ground in all 3 rounds, always ending up in full mount, and he spent all 3 rounds, beating up Yakovlev from that position. So, that sounds pretty impressive, right? But considering that I've never even heard of Alexander Yakovlev, I fully expected this to be a fight where the UFC was giving Maia some random dude, to destroy, to prove that he still has some sort of business in the Top 10. So the fact that he didn't come anywhere close to finishing the fight, I'm still a little bit disappointed with where Demian Maia is sitting right now. He went into this fight on a 2-Fight losing streak, and now he can't finish a UFC newcomer? Granted, Yakovlev has a ton of experience, and a pretty good record overall (21-5 after this fight), and he's been fighting for 10 years, so maybe I should have been more familiar? Either way, good win for Maia, and hopefully now that he's back on the winning side of things, he can start focusing on finishing a few fights again.
88.0
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
10:25
      Well this was another pretty one-sided fight. Alves kicked the crap out of Alexandre in the first two rounds, never really giving him much of a chance to unleash any offense of his own. Alexandre got rocked hard early in the third round, so he shot for a weak takedown, got caught in a guillotine choke, and fell asleep almost immediately. So congrats to Alves for winning this season of TUF Brazil, but Alexandre didn't really look like he belonged in this fight at all.
89.1
Decision
15:00
      And once again, here we are with a very one-sided fight. Antonio Carlos Jr. pretty much beat the shit out of Miranda in all positions. Landing more strikes while standing, showing he had a better grappling game, and controlling the pace of the fight. Antonio Carlos Jr. looked really impressive, and Miranda looked like he was in the wrong league. Great win by Antonio Carlos Jr. and congrats to him for winning this season of TUF Brazil.
89.4
TKO
(Punches)
0:35
      This was pretty awkward. Fabio Maldonado was the hometown hero in this fight, and Miocic came out and punched him, rocked him early, punched him some more, knocked him to the ground, and then he slammed him with hammerfists, the referee stopped the fight, and the crowd was pretty much silent. It was a great win for Miocic, but it was kind of scary how quiet the Brazilian audience was when this fight was stopped. It had that creepy speechless vibe. It's worth noting, Maldonado stepped up a weight class to take this fight, so kudos to him for fighting IN MY OPINION, the #2 Heavyweight in the world... but... yeah... This was clearly a lopsided matchup.
OVERALL 90.1
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