UFC 147 took place live from the Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In the main event, Rich Franklin had to overcome a second round scare to edge Wanderlei Silva in a close fight. Fabricio Werdum also notched an impressive victory over Mike Russow in the event’s co-headlining bout.
In other action, Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira and Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra became the first “TUF:Brazil” champion’s at middleweight and featherweight, respectively. Nova Unaio prospect Hacran Dias also made a successful UFC debut in the card’s opener.
Franklin Survives a Storm to Edge Silva
Late replacement Rich Franklin had to overcome one of the most feared scenarios in all of MMA when he was hurt and swarmed by Wanderlei Silva in the second round. Silva dropped Franklin midway through the round and launched a full assault that had Mario Yamasaki on the edge of stopping it several times. Somehow Rich made it to the end of the round and managed to get his head on right.
The exchange clearly took a lot out of Silva, and for good reason, as he was unable to mount much offense after the second. Silva tried to swarm again in the fifth, and connected on several big shots, but a last-second shot from Franklin staggered the Brazilian and likely stole the round.
Franklin admitted after the fight that he could not remember anything after being rocked in the second, but still managed to hold on to win the fight on the scorecards. Franklin says he also believes he has one more title run in him at middleweight, something will be interesting to watch moving on from tonight.
Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira Claims “TUF: Brazil” Middleweight Crown in his Hometown
Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira showed an impressive array of strikes against BJJ world champion Sergio Moraes. Moraes may have been out-gunned on his feet, but he certainly did not lack for heart as he swung wildly and occasionally landed strong shots that slowed Ferreira down. Moraes, a late replacement, fought the the hometown kid like he had nothing to lose and he was clearly having fun out there. That played on the crowd as well as many cheered for him as the fight wore on. In the end, it was not enough, as Ferreira landed a key late knockdown to seal the fight in his favor and earn the “TUF Brasil” title.
Rony “Jason” Becomes First “TUF: Brazil” Featherweight Champion
It was a sloppy affair that allowed Joe Rogan a few attempts to plug the Diamond MMA cup but in the end, Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra defeated Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira to become the first “TUF: Brazil” champion. While “Pepey” swung wildly and looked to get the fight to the ground by pulling guard, he was never able to connect for many strikes.
Both fighters showed they need a lot more seasoning in this bout, but Rony “Jason” was able to connect enough to emerge victorious.
Werdum Storms Russow for Home Country Win
Fabricio Werdum was clearly excited to fight in front of his countrymen against Mike Russow. Russow did not look terrible on the night but was clearly out-matched in the striking department by Werdum. Werdum dropped Russo with a big uppercut and then exploded for the finish. Russow turtled up but was unable to recover from the Werdum shots.
Werdum was so excited he nearly jumped out of the cage in celebration. Werdum then asked for another shot at heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos.
Dias Controls Alcantara to Notch Debut Win
Hacran Dias faced a stiff challenge in his UFC debut when he faced Yuri Alcantara to kick off tonight’s PPV. Dias utilized a strong ground game to control the fight and land hard ground-and-pound to earn the nod from the judges. Dias knew he had to be cognizant of Alcantara’s ground game however, and the one time he did not he found himself in trouble as Alcantara attacked with an armbar. The Nova Unaio product never panicked however, and eventually worked out of danger. The win marked a very successful debut for Dias.
Main Card (Pay-per-view)
- Rich Franklin def. Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision (49-46,49-46,49-46)
- “TUF: Brazil” middleweight final: Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira def. Sergio “Serginho” Moraes via unanimous decision (29-28,30-27,30-27)
- “TUF: Brazil” featherweight final: Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra def. Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
- Fabricio Werdum def. Mike Russow via TKO (strikes) at 2:28 of Round 1
- Hacran Dias def. Yuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (29-28,30-27,30-27)
Preliminary Card (FX)
- Rodrigo Damm def. Anistavio Medeiros by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:12 of round one
- Francisco Trinaldo def. Delson Heleno by TKO (punches) at 4:21 of round one
- Hugo “Wolverine” Viana def. John “Macapa” Teixeira via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo def. Leonardo “Macarrao” Mafra Teixeira via TKO (strikes) at :41 of Round 3
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
- Marcos Vinicius “Vina” Borges Pancini def. Wagner “Galeto” Campos via TKO (strikes) at 1:04 of Round 1
- Felipe Arantes vs. Milton Vieira ruled a split draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)