UFC TUF Brazil Finale Miocic vs Maldonado Preview and Picks: MMA Spotlight

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The 2nd of back to back fight cards for the UFC will be the ‘The Ultimate Fighter Brazil’ finale. The event itself will take place at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The prelims will kickoff on Fight Pass at 6:30 pm EST, and the main event will start at 10 pm EST on Fox Sports 1. This season’s TUF Brazil series was headed by two rivals as coaches, Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva. Sonnen’s crew holds down three of the four spots in the tourney finals that take place Saturday Night. Miranda, Junior, and Alves all were coached by the self proclaimed “People’s Champ.” Silva will only have one of his own in the finals- submission expert, Antonio Carlos Junior. The UFC card will be headlined by a rising heavyweight in Miocic, taking on one of the toughest brawlers in the business, Fabio Maldonado.

#7 Stipe Miocic (11-1) vs. Fabio Maldonado (21-6) – Heavyweight Bout MMA fans who know a thing or two, along with the experts, all generally know that this is a lose/lose situation for Stipe Miocic. Stipe was first scheduled to fight former champion, Junior Dos Santos, in one of the more interesting match ups in the heavyweight division. Dos Santos had to bow out of fight due to a broken hand, which resulted to the insert of UFC light heavyweight fighter, Fabio Maldonado. Many critics have mentioned that Maldonado could cut down to middleweight, finding it very surprising that he would step up to fight in the heavyweight division. Maldonado has not fought in the UFC heavyweight division before, and has yet to be ranked as a top 15 fighter in any division he has fought in. The only thing Miocic has to gain from this match up is a pay check. If he wins it moves him nowhere, if he loses it may drop him down the UFC ranks tremendously. Maldonado is a game opponent whom is tough as nails, has crisp professional-like boxing skills, and is currently riding a three fight winning streak. The power will be too much and the size will just be overwhelming. Miocic will pin the smaller heavyweight to the cage and wear him out the full five rounds. A TKO victory is possible, but Maldonado is just one tough dude to finish. Stipe Miocic by Unanimous Decision.

Vitor Miranda (10-3) vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (4-0) – Heavyweight Tourney Final The classic knockout artist against the expert grappler match up. Both heavyweights finished each of their first two fights on the show to reach the UFC heavyweight finals. Carlos Jr. is a jiu-jitsu world champion with exceedingly growing stand up skills. Miranda is a muay thai specialist with more professional experience in MMA then his opponent. It’s a tough one to call with both fighters sporting a mass of finishes to their record. With more overall experience, while also being well versed in the submission game himself. The prediction here is Vitor Miranda by TKO.

Marcio Alexandre Junior (13-0) vs. Warlley Alves (7-0) – Middleweight Tourney Final It was quite surprising watching all of Marcio Alexandre Junior’s fights go to decision. During his professional career, all of his wins of have come by stopping opponents before going the distance. Warrley Alves did his best to get fights over within the two rounds, with two stoppages during the show. Alexandre Jr. provides a unique karate style that is somewhat hard to figure out, often being compared to middleweight contender, Llyoto Machida. If Alves can push the pace and trap Alexandre against the cage, he could work his way into a brawl with a possible knockout in the making. It is very wishful thinking though. Alexandre Jr. under performed on the show and should get back to his finishing ways. Marcio Alexandre Jr. by TKO.

#8 Demian Maia (18-6) vs. Alexander Yakovlev (21-4-1) – Welterweight Bout This fight is almost unfair for UFC new comer, Alexander Yakovlev. Maia is most certainly in a funk and could be caught sleeping on an unknown opponent, on his game though there is almost no way for Yakovlev can come out on top. Any fighter can have an off day, just do not count on Maia to be one of those guys. Demian Maia by submission.

Rony Jason (15-4) vs. Robbie Peralta (17-4) – Featherweight Bout In what could be a possible fight of the night candidate, both of these competitors go head hunting when entering the cage. When they win they both win decisively, each of them coming of knock out victories. Rony Jason is an Ultimate Fighter Brazil contestant winner and just seems as if his ceiling of potential has not been breached yet. Peralta will give Jason a run for his money, no matter what though Jason will be ready and he will take this contest in his home country. Rony Jason by unanimous decision.

Other notable fighters on the card include UFC seasoned veteran, Paulo Thiago, taking on Gasan Umalatov. Also, rising Philippines star Mark Eddiva will meet brazilian knock out artist, Edimilson Souza, in a featherweight contest on the prelim card. For more coverage on MMA and the UFC stay tuned to the MMA Spotlight section on the Guardian Liberty Voice.

Commentary by Justin Huffman
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