TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Maldonado vs Stipe Miocic, 31 May 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Stipe Miocic def Fabio Maldonado*
(TKO punches – round 1)
Antonio Carlos Jr. def Vitor Miranda*
Antonio Carlos Jr. wins TUF: Brazil 3 heavyweight tournament
(unanimous decsion 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Warlley Alves de Andrade def Marcio Alexandre Jr.
Warlley win TUF: Brazil 3 middleweight tournament
(guillotin choke – round 3)
Demian Maia def Alexander Yakovlev*
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Robert Peralta def Rony Jason*
(split decision 29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Rashid Magomedov def Rodrigo Damm*
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ernest Chavez def Elias Silverio
(rear-naked choke – round 3)
Gasan Umalatov def Paulo Thiago
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kevin Souza def Mark Eddiva
(TKO punches – round 2)
*Cage Inspiration’s most anticipated fights
Continue reading for which fights you must see and why!
Stipe Miocic vs Fabio Maldonado
We at Cage Inspiration really like Stipe Miocic. Sure he reminds us of the unfairly gifted athletes that used to out perform us in all sports during high school and college, but who’s here to pine and dwell. Stipe has a record of 11-1 with impressive wins against Roy Nelson and Gabriel Gonzaga. He is full of potential and with a couple more fights against high profile heavyweight fighters he could be in the running for a title shot.
Fabio Maldonado is replacing Junior Dos Santos in this fight. Similar to JDS, Maldonado is a veteran of the sport with an incredible boxing background. He was 22-0 as a professional boxer with 21 of those wins coming by KO. When he started in MMA he was beating people up left and right. Those excellent hands were earning him first round TKO wins. Since his brutal defeat to Glover Teixeira at UFC 153, Fabio Maldonado has put together a 3 fight winning streak.
The fight has the potential to be an incredible striking match up and we at Cage Inspiration are hoping for fireworks!
Demian Maia vs Alexander Yakovlev
We have been excited to see Demian Maia fight again. An incredible BJJ player under Fabio Gurgel. It is unfortunate that Demian Maia has been on a two fight losing streak. He lost against Jake Shields in an incredible grappler versus grappler match. Then he lost against Rory MacDonald. It kind of shows that Demian Maia may not be a top welterweight any more and could potentially be let go from the UFC if he has a third straight loss. Nevertheless, we are excite to see Demian fight again and really hope he has found a way to successfully combine his masterful grappling with his ever-improving striking.
To be perfectly honest, we weren’t sure who Alexander Yakovlev was. A quick google shows that he used to fight out of the M-1 Global promotion and beat Paul Daley via unanimous decision. Not exactly impressed until we saw that he is a Master of Sports in Sambo, Combat Sambo, and freestyle wrestling.
We could potentially have another highly elite grappler versus grappler match-up for Demian Maia to shine. Either way, this fight pairs nicely with the potentially explosive stand-up fight we will have with Stipe Miocic vs Fabio Maldonado. Not to mention it also speaks to Demian Maia’s strengths.
Antonio Carlos Jr. vs Vitor Miranda
Okay so back in 2011, Antonio Carlos Jr. was named the number one BJJ Fighter to watch by Gracie Magazine. He trains out of Checkmat gym and is the 2012 absolute Mundials Champion and 2012 absolute (brown belt) Pan American Champion.
Vitor Miranda is a kick boxer training out of Team Nogueira. In kick boxing, he has a 23-8-1 record. 18 of those wins have come by KO.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are talking about a pure and simple striker versus grappler match up. It just so happens that the striker and the grappler are both one of the best in their sport. The advantage could be given to Vitor Miranda since he has more MMA experience and the fight always starts on the feet.
Ricardo Abreu vs Wagner Silva
Ricardo “Demente” Abreu is a top BJJ player training out of Nova Uniao. We first took note for Ricardo as a grappling partner for Anderson “the spider” Silva. At one point in his career, he was considered Andre Galvao’s nemesis. We are “two-thumbs-up” for any chance to see Ricardo “Demente” Abreu fight, especially in MMA.
Rodrigo Damm vs Rashid Magomedov
Rashid Magomedov used to be the M-1 Global Welterweight Champion. He is also ridiculously qualified to be an MMA fighter. Not only is he a Master of Sports in Combat Sambo, but in Boxing as well. He has also previously defeated Alexander Yakovlev, the guy fighting Demian Maia. Rodrigo Damm was on the first season of TUF Brazil and is a 3rd degree BJJ Blackbelt.
This fight has the potential to be an explosive match-up just given the fighters qualifications.
Rony Jason vs Robert Peralta
Have to admit, the team here at Cage Inspiration did not watch any of the TUF Brazil season. However we did watch the finale where Rony Jason beat Godofredo Pepey to become the first Brazil Ultimate Fighter. We remember an incredibly emotional Rony Jason after his win and were incredibly impressed by how much he is personally invested into the sport. Rony is also an incredibly talented fighter training out of Team Nogueira.
Robbie Peralta we saw previously in fights against Akira Corassani and Estevan Payan. The only memorable thing about him is that he was tested positive for Marijuana for his fight with Corassani.
We are primarily excited for this fight because we were moved by Rony Jason’s passion for the sport and has won us over as fans for life.