The UFC medical department has an announcement: there’s a Jiu-Jitsu world champion in the final of the TUF Brazil reality show. With the original finalist, Daniel Sarafian, having suffered a serious bicep injury while training, the opponent to face Cezar “Mutante” in the middleweight final is now Sérgio Moraes. The Alliance black belt had previously been knocked out by a Sarafian flying knee in the semifinals of the TUF Brazil reality show.
In the featherweight final, two fighters from the Brazilian state of Ceará, Godofredo Pepey and Rony Jason, will lock horns to see who gets their hands on a UFC contract.
On Sunday, during the final episode of TUF Brazil, Mutante earned the season’s best-knockout bonus of BRL 45,000 with a powerful kick to the head of Thiago Bodão, who himself was invited to fight on the card for UFC 147, coming up June 23 in the city of Belo Horizonte. The Vitor Belfort student also took home a spanking new pickup truck, for having been elected the best fighter of the reality show.
The prize for best submission went to Rony Jason for the armbar he used to put away Anistávio Gasparzinho, while best fight went to Thiago Bodão vs. Francisco Massaranduba.
Check out the card for the upcoming event in Minas Gerais State, and comment below: does Sérgio Moraes have what it takes to fight on even terms with Mutante on the octagon floor? Watch the ace in action at the 2011 European Jiu-Jitsu Championship against Léo D’Avilla, and let us know if you think he’s capable of catching Mutante by surprise, as he always does when sporting a gi.
Mineirinho Stadium, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
June 23, 2012
Wanderlei Silva vs Rich Franklin
Fabricio Werdum vs Mike Russow
Cezar Mutante vs Serginho Moraes
Godofredo Pepey vs Rony Jason
Yuri Alcantara vs Hacran Dias
Milton Vieira vs Felipe Arantes
Francisco Massaranduba vs Delson Pé de Chumbo
Rodrigo Damm vs Anistávio Gasparzinho
Hugo Wolverine vs John Macapá
Leonardo Macarrão vs Thiago Bodão
Wagner Galeto vs Vinicius Vina