UFC 147: Cezar Mutante Faces Replacement Serginho Moraes In TUF Brazil Finals

Cezar Mutante was scheduled to face Daniel Sarafian in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil at UFC 147 until an arm injury forced Sarafian off the card. It will be Serginho Moraes looking to turn Sarafian's loss into his own personal gain when he steps in as a late replacement.

A press release from the UFC explains the path taken to this fight:

Moraes reached the TUF Brazil semifinals after beating Delson Heleno via submission on the ninth episode of the show. Originally a member of "Team Vitor", he was moved to "Team Wanderlei" later in the season, squaring off against Daniel Sarafian for the first spot in the middleweight final. Though Sarafian won the bout, everyone was moved by Moraes story, a jiu-jitsu expert who overcame adversity in his personal life. It was this drive and success that made him the perfect choice to replace Sarafian.

The full press release can be read after the jump...

Full press release:

Sao Paulo, Brazil - The first-ever middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil® will now be decided in a three round bout between Cezar Mutante and Serginho (Sergio) Moraes at UFC® 147: Silva vs. Franklin II, on June 23, at the Mineirinho Arena, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Moraes, a semifinalist of the first international edition of the UFC's reality TV show, was chosen to replace of Daniel Sarafian, who was forced off the card due to an arm injury.

Moraes reached the TUF Brazil semifinals after beating Delson Heleno via submission on the ninth episode of the show. Originally a member of "Team Vitor", he was moved to "Team Wanderlei" later in the season, squaring off against Daniel Sarafian for the first spot in the middleweight final. Though Sarafian won the bout, everyone was moved by Moraes story, a jiu-jitsu expert who overcame adversity in his personal life. It was this drive and success that made him the perfect choice to replace Sarafian.

The middleweight contestants will square off in the fourth bout of the main card, ahead of a long awaited rematch between TUF Brazil coach Wanderlei Silva and former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. The main card will also feature the TUF Brazil featherweight final, between Rony Jason and Godofredo Pepey, who along with Moraes and Mutante are competing for a lucrative contract with the UFC.

Seven of the 11 bouts at UFC 147 will feature contestants from the first season of TUF Brazil. Due to the injury and the loss of his opponent, Renee Forte will be unable to fight and will make an appearance on a future UFC card. The complete fight card is pasted below and can be found at UFC.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

UFC 147 Main Card
Rich Franklin vs Wanderlei Silva
Cezar Ferreira (Mutante) vs Serginho Moraes
Rony (Jason) Mariano Bezerra vs Godofredo Pepey
Mike Russow vs Fabricio Werdum
Hacran Dias vs Yuri Alcantara

UFC 147 Preliminary card
Rodrigo Damm vs Anistavio Medeiros
Francisco Drinaldo vs Delson Heleno
Hugo Viana vs John Teixeira
Leonardo Mafra vs Thiago Perpétuo
Wagner Campos vs Marcos Vinicius
Milton Vieira vs Felipe Arantes

With the change on the main card, fans who purchased tickets for the event will now officially have three (3) days to decide whether to seek a full refund.

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