For the first time in UFC history, a middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil will now be decided in a 3- round fight between Cezar Ferreira (Mutante) and Serginho Moraes at the UFC 147 ‘Silva vs. Franklin 2’ even, scheduled for June 23rd, at the Mineirinho Arena, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Moraes, a semifinalist of the first international edition of the UFC’s reality TV show, was chosen to replace Daniel Sarafian, who was forced off the card due to an arm injury.
Moraes reached the TUF Brazil semifinals after beating Delson Heleno via submission on the ninth episode of the show. Originally a member of “Team Vitor”, he was moved to “Team Wanderlei” later in the season, squaring off against Daniel Sarafian for the first spot in the middleweight final. Though Sarafian won the bout, everyone was moved by Moraes story, a jiu-jitsu expert who overcame adversity in his personal life. It was this drive and success that made him the perfect choice to replace Sarafian.
As part of the TUF Brazil Featherweight final, Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra will be taking on Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira. In addition to these TUF Brazil winners, UFC 147 will be airing several other exciting bouts including the main event rematch bout between Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva and Rich “Ace” Franklin.