Cezar Mutante defeated Sergio Moraes by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira was expected to dominate Sergio Moraes on the feet and just needed to avoid a ground fight to win the middleweight portion of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil. Instead, Sergio "Serginho/Panther" Moraes engaged him on the feet for the full 15 minutes and showed some flashes of brilliance. In the end though, it just wasn't enough and Mutante took the bout by unanimous decision.
Mutante landed some solid strikes early and it looked like Moraes didn't want much to do with the standup, but he didn't really try that hard to clinch or look for a takedown. Mutante's straight left was particularly effective. Mutante landed a groin shot, but Moraes only took a few seconds to recover. Mutante kept coming forward and clearly took the first round.
Mutante landed a sick capoeira kick that stunned Moraes and followed up on the ground early in the second but couldn't get the finish. The rest of the round was pretty uneventful until Moraes landed a solid shot that stunned Mutante. He went in for the kill and landed a bunch of shots that actually made Mutante think takedown, but he survived.
Mutante started the third with a solid combination that put Moraes on his back, but he didn't seem that hurt and could have been trying to bait him into engaging on the ground. Moraes responded later in the round with a solid shot of his own, and landed another a little later on. He wasn't able to capitalize on it, but it looked like it was enough to win the round until Mutante dropped him with a straight left with 25 seconds to go. That sealed the deal for Mutante.