This episode will feature the second featherweight quarter-final bout.
Gasparzinho (Team Vitor) is still messing around. He is shown giving a triangle choke to a statue in the house. Rony Jason (Team Wanderlei) says he’s known him for a long time and he has always been like that.
Gasparzinho is bothering all the fighters while they are trying to sleep. Some of his teammates lock him out of the house and he continues to wake up the fighters by banging on the door to get back in. Rodrigo Damm (Team Vitor) lets him back in the house but is upset because it is nearly 3:30 am.
Rony Jason says he is insomniac and is upset with Gasparzinho because he disturbed his sleep. Rony Jason can’t go back to sleep so he starts to train his boxing on a heavy bag in the house. Some of the fighters from Team Vitor complain that Rony Jason is keeping them awake with his punching but Jason says their team started it.
Rony Jason speaks to Team Vitor the next day and tells them that he apologizes for waking them up but Gasparzinho woke him up first. Rony Jason says it was not only Gasparzinho’s fault, but also the fault of the entire team. Vitor Belfort says he takes their mistakes as his own and appreciates his apology. Gasparzinho says he will stop messing with Rony Jason.
Vitor Belfort watches his team train and estimates that Rodrigo Damm and Hugo Wolverine are in the best shape to fight next. Team Vitor won the last fight and retained the right to select the match-up for the next fight.
Vitor Belfort tells his team that he will tell them who is fighting but will not reveal who their opponent will be. Belfort’s reasoning is that he does not want his fighter to go to bed thinking about his opponent. Rodrigo Damm is not in favor of this plan.
Vitor Belfort selects Rodrigo Damm (9-5, Team Vitor) to fight John “Macapa” Teixeira (12-0, Team Wanderlei) Damm was Team Vitor’s 4th draft pick, 8th overall. John “Macapa” was Team Wanderlei’s 3rd pick, 5th overall.
Rodrigo Damm says at 16 his parents divorced and he was forced to live on his own and fend for himself. His sister helped him with bills and food. He says his sister introduced him to jiu-jitsu and sold some of her jewelry so that he could compete full time. Damm becomes emotional and says his sister is his inspiration.
John Macapa says his father left the house when he was 9 years old. Macapa was raised by his mother and he dedicates his fight to her.
Wanderlei Silva is shown helping John Macapa cut weight.
Rodrigo Damm says he wants to use his wrestling and jiu-jitsu in this fight. He is a world jiu-jitsu champion.
Rodrigo Damm (9-5, Team Vitor) versus John “Macapa” Teixeira (12-0, Team Wanderlei) (145 lbs. quarter-final)
Round 1- Damm lands a right hand but takes one as the fighters exchange punches immediately. Macapa pushes forward and lands several punches that drop Damm. Rodrigo Damm recovers and gets to his feet. Damm pushes Macapa against the cage and scores a takedown. Macapa gets to his feet but Damm holds on and pushes him against the fence. Macapa is able to circle away and land a solid left hand. Damm fires back with a punch combination but eats a solid jab. Damm lands a jab of his own and pushes Macapa against the fence. Damm scores a takedown and works from half-guard. Damm lands good punches but cannot pass. Macapa is able to scramble back to his feet and lands solid punches and a leg kick. Damm pushes Macapa against the fence and holds him in place. The referee warns Damm not to hold the fence several times and tells him he will deduct a point if he persists. I would score this furiously paced round 10-9 for John Macapa
Round 2- Damm looks for a takedown but is stuffed by Macapa. The fighters are more hesitant to engage in this round. Macapa lands a solid leg kick and stuffs another takedown attempt from Damm. Macapa lands a jab and another solid leg kick as he controls the pace. Damm looks to jab Macapa but the action is halted as Macapa appears to have been poked in the eye. Macapa returns to action and lands more jabs and leg kicks. After several attempts Damm manages to takedown Macapa. Macapa does get back to his feet but is hit with a big knee. Damm lands another takedown and lands solid hammer fists. Damm passes into a full-mount and lands elbows and punches as time expires. I would score Round 2 for Rodrigo Damm: 10-9
The judges agree with my scoring and we’re going to a third round in this fantastic fight.
Round 3- Macapa lands a solid 2 punch combination and an inside leg kick as he controls the pace in the first minute. Damm fires back with an inside leg kick but gets hit with another jab. Macapa continues to keep distance from Damm with leg kicks. Damm eventually manages to close the distance and lands a huge suplex on Macapa. Damm lands some punches from inside Macapa’s guard while defending arm-bar attempts. Damm passes into half-guard and looks for an arm-triangle choke. Macapa looks to scramble to his feet and manages to do so. Damm holds on to Macapa as he is pushes against the fence. Damm dives to the mat looking for a kimura but Macapa defends the submission attempt. Macaapa manages to take Damm’s back but is reversed as the fight comes to an end. Unfortunately, I would score Round 3 a draw: 10-10. Thankful not to be a judge after watching this war.
Rodrigo Damm def. John “Macapa” Teixeira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to advance to semi-finals of TUF Brazil featherweight tournament
Wanderlei Silva is very upset after losing three fights in a row. He cannot believe the judges awarded Damm the fight. Wanderlei says to look at both fighters’ faces then decide who has won.
Rodrigo Damm says he thought about quitting in the fight but his team’s cheering pushed him through.
John Macapa thanks his team for helping him through his training. He says that life is not all about winning.
TUF Brazil Quick Results
Week 1- March 26, 2012- Preliminary bouts to enter TUF Brazil house
Rony Mariano (10-3) def. Dileno Lopes (7-0) via KO Round 1
Godofredo “Pepey” De Oliveira (8-0) def. Johnny “Cabeca” Goncalves (4-0) via submission (arm-bar) Round 1
Hugo “Wolverine” Viana (5-0) def. Alexandre Ramos (5-0) via KO (elbow) Round 1
Rodrigo Damm (9-5) def. Fabricio Guerrero (10-1) via submission (neck-crank) in Round 2
Wagner “Galeto” Campos (11-3) def. Fernando Duarte Guerra (10-1) via decision (3 rounds)
Anistavio “Gasparzinho” Medeiros (12-7) def. Rafael Bueno (7-1) via unanimous decision (3 rounds)
John “Macapa” Teixeira (12-0) def. Giovanni Souza jr. via submission (10-1) (arm-bar) Round 1
Marcos Vinicius “Vina” Pancini (19-3) def. Pedro Nobre (10-0) via KO (punch) Round 1
Francisco Drinaldo (10-1) def. Charles Michael (8-1) via KO Round 1
Cezar “Mutante” Ferriera (4-2) def. Gustavo Samapaio (5-1) via submission (guillotine choke) in Round 2
Daniel Sarafian (7-2) def. Richardson Moreira (3-0) via decision
Sergio “Serginho” Moraes (6-1) def. Thiago Rela (3-1) via submission (heel hook) in Round 1
Thiago “Bodao” Perpetuo (8-1) def. Jose Paulo “Tuba” De Souza (8-4) via unanimous decision
Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno (23-6) def. Gilberto Galvao (17-4-1) via unanimous decision
Renee Forte (10-0) def. Fabio Bolinho (9-0) via unanimous decision
Leonardo “Macarrao” Mafra (5-0) def. Samuel Trinidade (6-1) via unanimous decision (3 rounds)
Week 2- April 1, 2012- Godofredo “Pepey” De Oliveira (8-0, Team Belfort) def. Wagner “Galeto” Campos (11-3) via unanimous decision (no score given) to advance to semi-finals of TUF Brazil FW tournament
Week 3- April 8, 2012- Daniel Sarafian (7-2, Team Belfort) def. Renee Forte (10-0, Team Wanderlei) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:54 in Round 2 to advance to semi-finals of TUF Brazil MW tournament
Week 4- April 15, 2012- Rodrigo Damm (9-5, Team Vitor) def. John “Macapa” Teixeira (12-0, Team Wanderlei) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to advance to semi-finals of TUF Brazil featherweight tournament
Featherweight Semi-Finalists: Godofredo “Pepey” De Oliveira (8-0, Team Vitor) Rodrigo Damm (9-5, Team Vitor), TBD, TBD
Middleweight Semi-Finalists: Daniel Sarafian (7-2, Team Vitor), TBD, TBD, TBD
Team Wanderlei Silva Featherweights: Rony “Jason” Mariano (10-3) 1st pick, 1st overall, John “Macapa” Teixiera (12-0) 3rd pick, 5th overall, Marcos Vinicius “Vina” Pancini (19-3) 5th pick, 9th overall, Wagner “Galeto” Campos (11-3) 7th pick, 13th overall,
Team Wanderlei Silva Middleweights: Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno (23-6) 2nd pick, 3rd overall, Francisco “Massaranduba” Drinaldo (10-1) 4th pick, 7th overall, Renee Forte (10-0) 6th pick, 11th overall, Leonardo “Macarrao” Mafra (5-0) 8th pick, 15th overall
Team Vitor Belfort Featherweights: Hugo ”Wolverine” Viana (5-0) 2nd pick, 4th overall, Rodrigo Damm (9-5) 4th pick, 8th overall, Godofredo “Pepey” De Oliveira (8-0) 6th pick, 12th overall, Anistavio “Gasparzinho” Medeiros (12-7) 8th pick, 16th overall
Team Vitor Belfort Middleweights: Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira (4-2) 1st pick, 2nd overall, Daniel Sarafian (7-2) 3rd pick, 6th overall, Thiago “Bodao” Perpetuo (8-1) 5th pick, 10th overall, Sergio “Serginho” Moraes (6-1) 7th pick, 14th overall