By Jamie McAllister
This weeks episode starts with the coaches walking on to soccer fields for the coaches challenge.
In the challenge each coach will have ten opportunies to score past the opposing coach from the penalty spot, the coach with most goals wins. The winner of the coaches challenge will leave with R$45,000 (approximately $22,000) the winning team’s fighters will each score R$2,000 (approximately $980). White admits he knows nothing about soccer, so he brings in a few experts to help coach the coaches: Santos’ Paulo Henrique “Ganso” de Lima and former Palmeiras goalkeeper Marcos Roberto Silveira Reis.
We see both coaches warming up and it seems as though Belfort has played a bit before as he slots home him practice shots, on the other side of things Wanderlei starts off quite badly but starts to score a few.
Wanderlei wins the coin toss and opts to defend first, with the first five shots all is even with both men missing their first and fourth penalties nd settling at three goals a piece. The professionals can’t help but notice the teams celebrations, which include mock flying armbars.
On the seventh penalty Belfort takes the lead scoring while Wanderlei puts it clean over the crossbar, both score on the eighth penalty, Belfort misses his ninth however so does Wanderlei. Belfort has the chance to win it with his tenth penalty steps up confidently and finishes it to claim the win. The team celebrates, first lifting octagon girl Brittney Palmer into the air and then their coach.
This weeks semi-final fight will be contested between Middleweights Daniel Sarafian of Team Belfort & Sergio Moraes of Team Wanderlei.
Both coaches praise Sarafian for his all action fight style and courage and Belfort believes his fighter is the favourite to win the entire season. Sarafian says his interest is not just in earning a UFC contract. He wants to be a champion.
Fabio Gurgel student, Moraes gets praise for his impressive jiu-jitsu game which the coaches believe is not just the best on the show but may be among the best in the world.
Both fighters plans are simple Sarafian wants a stand-up war and Moraes wants to get it to the ground for the submission finish.
Weigh-Ins – Sergio “Serginho” Moraes (185.6) Sarafian is (185.7). After an intense stare down Belfort brings Sarafian away.
After the weigh-ins we are treated to a Demian Maia highlight as he will be the special guest on this weeks episode. Maia enters the gym, Sarafian is especially happy to see his coach and training partner. Maia wears a Team Belfort shirt in support of his student Silva takes a bit of exception however, Maia doesn’t seem apologetic.
TEAM WANDERLEI’S SERGIO “SERGINHO” MORAES (6-1) VS. TEAM VITOR’S DANIEL SARAFIAN (7-2)
Both fighters come out tentatively no one is engaging, Sarafian eventually throws a kick which is caught by Moraes who grabs the leg and tries to work a single leg takedown with no success. Moraes shoots on Sarafian as he throws a combo and gets it to the floor, Sarafian scrambles to his feet both fighters circle and Sarafian lands a front kick to the face and rocks Moraes however both men continue to circle, He lands a similar shot this time dropping Moraes who grabs hold of a single leg. Moraes is not able to do anything with the attempt and Sarafian punishes the body before the fight returns to the feet. Both men circling and Sarafian leaps up and lands an explosive flying knee dropping Moraes and Sarafian jumps on him landing a barrage of hammer fists finishing the fight.
Winner – Sarafian via knockout (knee and punches) – Round 1
When Moraes comes to he breaks into tears and is not the only one, its a very emotional scene.
We move back to the house and the teams are starting to have a bit of a party and cut loose, the drinks are flowing.
Before the end of the episode Gasparzinho is trying his usual wind-ups and jokes however Team Wanderlei decides to fire back. They have discovered he has a fear of being tied up and they exploit this by tying him to a chair. He freaks out and they put him on the floor and tease him more. Briefly the situation becomes serious and Gasparzinho looks as though he is going to lash out however nothing happens in the end up.Tags: featured, mma, MMA NEWS, TUF, tuf brazil, ufc, ufc news, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva