The TUF Brazil 2 Finale event got started with the preliminary card broadcast on Facebook. The UFC On Fuel TV 10 prelims featured a lot of Brazilian talent in exciting fights, most ending by submission. The event took place in the Paulo Sarasite Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Brazil.
From the opening bell, Assuncao proved that he was far and away a better fighter than Lee. Throughout the first round, he landed the harder shots on the feet and pressured Lee from top position on the ground. So, it wasn't a surprise when Raphael got mount early in the second round and transitioned to an armbar to get the submission win. Assuncao is now on a 4-fight streak and undefeated as a UFC Bantamweight. His only loss with the promotion came in his debut at 145 lbs. Lee has fallen to 3-2 in the UFC.
Assuncao didn't call out anyone specifically, but did say he's looking for a title shot in his post-fight interview. Of course, he won't be getting that shot with a win over Lee and both Renan Barao and Dominick Cruz out for injuries. But, it's definitely time for him to get a higher profile fight against a top 10 BW. Lee will probably get another fight as he's never had consecutive losses in the UFC, but he'll probably be fighting for his contract.
After securing an early takedown, Arantes bruised and battered Castro with punches and elbows from guard to earn a TKO victory 3 and a half minutes into round 1. Arantes improved his UFC record to 2-1-1 while Castro dropped 1-2.
Since he hasn't lost a fight in the Octagon in almost 2 years, I'd like to see Arantes take a step up in competition. He doesn't need to face the cream of the crop, but someone like Nam Phan would makes sense. Having lost two of his 3 UFC fights, I doubt Castro will be getting another chance in the Octagon.
Following a close first round, this Welterweight bout was all Alcantara. He pressured his opponent throughout the fight and countered Silva's takedowns with successful takedowns of his own. He took the unanimous decision (30-27 x 3). Alcantara has now gone undefeated in the UFC in two fights, one at Light Heavyweight and now one at 170 lbs. This was Silva's first fight in the UFC.
While it wasn't the most exciting fight on the card, it was a solid showing from Alcantara. He showed clearly that he's ready for a harder challenge than Silva had to offer and he should get that in his next fight. It's never good for a fighter to lose their UFC debut, but Silva may get another shot since he was booked against a much larger and more experienced fighter.
The two Featherweights went back and forth for 15 minutes before Damm took the fight on two judges' cards to win the split decision victory. Rodrigo took advantage of Mizuto keeping his lead hand low throughout the fight by sending regular straight rights through his guard. In the closing minutes he hit an impressive suplex that gave him the edge in a very close 3rd round. Damm improved to 2-1 in the UFC with the decision while Hirota fell to 0-2.
Coming off a loss in his second UFC fight, this was a much needed win for Damm. He'll need to continue add a couple more Ws to his resume to really establish himself in the division, though. The outlook isn't good for Hirota after giving up consecutive losses. If he gets another shot, he'll definitely be on the chopping block.
Vemola looked good in the first round, where he fended off guillotine attempts and punished Magalhaes from top position. Unfortunately for him, Magalhaes turned it around in the second frame and finished the fight with a rear naked choke at 2:49. Caio improved to 1-1 in the UFC with the submission win and Karlos fell to 2-4 in the promotion and 1-2 as a Middleweight.
With his first UFC win now under his belt, Magalhaes will need to continue that success to start moving up the division rankings. This was probably the last hurrah for Vemola in the UFC. He probably could have been cut before changing weight class and now that he's lost two in a row and his only win is against a guy who's already been cut, there's not a lot of reason to keep him around.
Neto struggled early on to get Smith to the mat, but once he did he locked on a kneebar quickly to get the tap at 1:52 of round 1. The fight was the UFC debut for both Middleweights and an impressive way for Neto to introduce himself. Neto will need to continue his success against other lower tier 185ers to work his way up the ladder, while the Strikeforce transferee will definitely need a win in his next fight if he's lucky enough not to be cut.