On Saturday night, we witnessed Team Belfort’s Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira was crowned as the first ever TUF Brazil middleweight winner at UFC 147: Franklin vs. Silva II. Ferreira won a unanimous decision over Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Sergio Moraes in an epic three round fight that left the Belo Horizonte crowd cheering for more.
For much of the first round, Ferreira was able to get the better of the boxing exchanges against Moraes. Moraes did however land a roundhouse kick mark on the rib cage of Ferreira. Towards the end of the round Ferreira backs Moraes with a headkick that’s mostly blocked, and establishes the Thai plum but Moraes countered with wild punches inside.
Early in round two, Ferreira tagged Moraes with a capoeira kick and then dropped to the canvas with a right uppercut but Moraes immediately rolled for a leg lock but to no avail. Moraes later on tried to drag the fight to the mat but Ferreira stuffed it easily. Moraes rocked Ferreira in the final stages of the round with a hard elbow but could not capitalize despite pressuring Ferreira.
Both men hugged each other to start the third round and then Ferreira immediately dropped Moraes with a straight left. Moraes is able to quickly get back up to his feet and tags Ferreira with a big right hand. The action slows down a bit but Moraes lands a hard right hand and then towards the end of the round Ferreira is drops Moraes again making the fight easier to score in his favor.
The judges all scored the contest 29, 28, 30-27, 30-27 Cezar Ferreira.
Now with the win, the TUF Brazil winner was happy to have represented his hometown and was happy how he and his fellow countryman Moraes went to war for three rounds.
“I’m very pleased to be here,” Ferreira said post-fight. “This is what I’ve been fighting for and I’ve been training for and I wanted to represent Belo Horizonte, Brazil in the UFC and that’s what I did here tonight.”
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