The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Episode 4 Recap
By Jamie McAllister:
The Ultimate Fighter Brazil returned on Sunday night with the 4th episode of the season. Broadcast streamed on TUF.tv, if have not had a chance to watch the show stop reading now!
Daniel Sarafian submitted Renee Forte on last week’s episode in the first bout of the shows middleweight competition. The episode begins and Gasparzinho continuing to be the trouble-maker by waking Team Wanderlei member Rony “Jason”, he then is not able to get back to sleep and starts training in the garden in the early hours and wakes up the rest of the house. The next morning Rony Jason goes to Belfort to explain the situation and Belfort says he’ll take it on him as his responsibility, as well.
At the TUF training center we are shown some highlights from the day’s workouts and with Belfort still in control of the picks he says he needs to know who is peaking at just the right time. When it comes to making the decision on who will fight from his team he decides to keep it to himself and the coaches until the official announcement. Rodrigo Damm & Gasparzinho seem angry about the decision as all other fighters were made aware of if they would be fighting and who the opponent would be.
Belfort tells the teams the featherweight bout will be John “Macapa” Teixeira against Rodrigo Damm. Neither fighter seems at all surprised about the fight choice. Damm is a world champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with international experience in MMA and Macapa is a guy who is has a twelve-fight unbeaten record and is seen by Silva as one of the best on his team.
Wanderlei swings by the TUF house to check on his fighter and how the weight cutting process is going, both coaches then discuss in the confessional about how the sport has changed and there are professionals who are essential to nutrition and weight cutting in modern MMA.
At the weigh-in, both fighters come in at 66.2 kilograms (145 pounds) both fighters then go on to discuss their motivations to win and how they are ready to give it everything. Which then leads us to the fight.
Both fighters come out looking to strike, its Macapa who takes the center of the cage and begins walking Damm down taking some glancing shots in the process. Macapa lands some heavy punches and Damm drops down to one knee and works hard on a single leg eventually gaining a takedown, Damm controls Macapa but he eventually gets back to his feet before Damm is able to do any damage on the ground. Both fighters are trading shots with Macapa getting the better for the most part Damm drops down again, then again ties Macapa up and gets the slam. Macapa holds him in half guard looking to regain guard but Damm eventually passes but Macapa scrambles to his feet, the exchanges go in the same fashion as before with Macapa getting the better of Damm, Macapa lands a nice body kick and Damm is warned for grabbing the fence multiple times before the end of the round.
Close round Damm get the edge for top control
Damm shoots Macapa sprawls avoiding the takedown well, Macapa again taking control and walking his opponent down getting the better in the striking exchanges. Again Damm shoots, and again Macapa sprawls nicely. Macapa uses his boxing as well as landing some good leg kicks outside and inside, Damm looks tired with hands low and backing away Macapa gets poked in the eye and the action stops. They get going again it’s Macapa with the better striking, he sprawls the takedown attempts from Damm however Damm eventually gets it to the mat. He gains the mount position briefly before Macapa is able to escape and get to his feet. Damm lands a nice knee and gets it back to the ground Macapa is pressed against the fence and Damm looks to land some effective shots and eventually gains the mount position before the round ends.
Another close round edge goes to Macapa and the bout is scored a draw which leads us to a third and final round.
Macapa misses with some punches, Damm is unsuccessful in his attempts to get it to the ground the pace has slowed substantially and both fighters work some leg kicks. Damm is eventually able to gain some success in a single leg attempt and slams Macapa to the mat, Damm looks for some ground and pound but nothing is landing heavy. Damm passes to side control and is controlling Macapa but not doing anything from the position and is warned Macapa struggles, but gets out and gets to his feet and into a front headlock from Damm. Damm looking for a Kimura Macapa spins out and Damm continues to hold the arm, Macapa lands some shots to the body before the end of the round.
Round three goes to Damm most likely due to top control.
Silva’s team isn’t happy with the outcome. He tells Macapa he fought well and made his team proud, but also tells him the decision is a joke. Damm says he had one of the toughest fights in his career and Team Belfort is celebrating and morale is high in the green team. Wanderlei’s coaches are unhappy and Wanderlei says if you want to know who won the fight just look at Damm’s face. Team Belfort now move to (3-0) still in control of the fight picks.