Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva selected their teams for TUF Brasil Sunday night, each picking from a crop of featherweights and middleweights. The show, which airs on Globo in Brazil and streams on TUF.TV here in the states, also featured the first bout between fighters who made it into the house.
Silva won the coin flip and claimed the top pick, selecting Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra from the featherweight ranks. Belfort, who earned the right to select the first fight, made Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira his first pick.
In the opening fight, Belfort’s Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira defeated Wagner “Galeto” Campos from Team Silva, earning a decision and leaving “The Phenom” in control of the fight selection. Next week’s match-up will be revealed on the show.
TUF Brasil Season Summary:
Silva’s Team: Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra, John “Macapa” Teixeira, Wagner “Galeto” Campos, Marcos Vinicius “Vina” Borges Pancini (featherweights), Leonardo “Macarrao” Mafra Teixeira, Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno, Francisco “Massaranduba” Drinaldo, Renee Forte (middleweights)
Belfort’s Team: Hugo “Wolverine” Viana, Anistavio “Gasparzinho” Medeiros, Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira, Rodrigo Damm (featherweights), Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira, Daniel Sarafian, Sergio “Serginho” Moraes, Thiago “Bodao” Rela (middleweights)
Team Records: Belfort 1, Silva 0
Advancing to Semifinal: Godofredo “Pepey” de Oliveira
Eliminated: Wagner “Galeto” Campos