UFC on Fuel 10 results: Are Brazilians being given easy matches on Brazilian UFC cards?

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

After yet another UFC event in Brazil that saw Brazilian fighters win every bout on the card, some are beginning to question how even-handed the UFC is being in booking fights in Brazil.

Last night saw some pretty impressive records tied or broken by the UFC on Fuel 10 Nogueira vs Werdum card: tied the record for most stoppages on a single card with 10 and set a new record for most submissions on a single card with 8.

However some pundits are beginning to question whether or not the UFC is tilting things too heavily in favor of Brazilian fighters when they fight in Brazil. MMA.TV has put together some stats:

In a record that has some potentially troubling implications, a Brazilian won every fight on the card. Five of the bouts were Brazilian vs. Brazilian, but seven were not, and the Brazilian fighter won every one. The odds of even matches ending this way are 128-1. Factor in the hometown advantage, which is very, very real, and the odds are far less, but a quick look at past shows in Brazil indicates that Brazilians appear in all likelihood to be getting favorable bouts.

UFC on FUEL 10, Fortaleza, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non Brazilians 7-0
UFC on FX 8, Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non Brazilians 10-1
UFC on FX 7, São Paulo, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non Brazilians 5-3 (underdogs Nick Lentz and Khabib Nurmagomedov pulled off upsets)
UFC 153, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non Brazilians 6-3
UFC 147, Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non Brazilians 1-1 (rest of card was Brazilians vs. Brazilians, meaning a Brazilian won)
UFC 142, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non-Brazilians 6-1
UFC 134, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazilians vs. non-Brazilians 9-0

What do you think? Are UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby going too far with the squash matches for the home crowd fighters in Brazil?

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