Don’t call it a comeback! After a lull in the action, I am back with a breakdown for tonight’s UFC 147 card. Not to say there hasn’t been plenty of MMA action to hold us over this weekend, including Roger Huerta having his head soccer-kicked off in Malaysia, but alas, work-related responsibilities have left me little time to enlighten you with my nonsense. Anyway, UFC 147 is tonight and while most of you won’t likely be willing to shell out $50+ for the pay-per-view portion of the card, you have to remember that this card isn’t for the casual MMA fan – it’s for the diehards and the Brazilians. Plus you got a free show last night so there’s that as well.
Let’s get down to business, shall we?
Milton Vieira (13-7-1) vs. Felipe Arantes (14-4-0)
Arantes may not have had so much success as of late, but the Strikeforce import brings a lot more to the table than people suspect. In Vieira, he faces a tough opponent, who is likely facing some ring rust. I expect this fight proves why it belongs on Facebook, and gets this evening’s fights off to a slow and tedious start.
Winner – Felipe Arantes defeats Milton Vieira via Unanimous Decision
Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini (19-3-1) vs. Wagner Campos (11-3-0)
Campos failed to find success on the show, and against such a tough opponent as Pancini I think that failure continues tonight. Look for a striking clinic.
Winner – Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini defeats Wagner Campos via TKO Round 1
Leonardo Mafra Texeira (5-0-0) vs. Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo (8-1-1)
A technically sound striker against a flailing brawler. This fight doesn’t excite me as much as it should, but it could still be an excellent scrap. Look for technique to reign supreme.
Winner – Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo defeats Leonardo Mafra Texeira via Unanimous Decision
Hugo Viana (5-0-0) vs. John Teixeira da Conceicao (13-0-1)
Both men come into this bout technically undefeated, but one of them as to drop that title tonight. “Wolverine” has a serious striking edge, while his for has the grappling prowess in this one. I expect this to be one of the better fights on the card, and Viana stops his foe with punches and knees.
Winner – Hugo Viana defeats John Teixeira da Conceicao via TKO Round 2
Francisco Drinaldo (10-1-0) vs. Delson Heleno (23-6-0)
“Massaranduba” is a really big dude with a great future at lightweight. Heleno is a big dude with a great future at welterweight. Tonight they meet at middleweight, and oddly enough, the former will have the size advantage. He’ll also have the technical advantage, and it’ll show.
Winner – Francisco Drinaldo defeats Delson Heleno via TKO Round 1
Anistavio Medeiros de Figueiredo (15-7-0) vs. Rodrigo Damm (9-5-0)
Damnit Rodrigo, you were supposed to win this show. Why did you have to go and get injured? Despite his questionable record, he’s faced a lot of serious competition. I’m not sold on “Gasparzinho” – great prankster, not such a great fighter. Look for Damm to exploit the holes in his game and take home a fairly easy victory.
Winner – Rodrigo Damm defeats Anistavio Medeiros de Figueiredo via Submission Round 1
Hacran Dias (20-1-1) vs. Yuri Alcantara (27-3-0)
This will likely be the fight of the night. Both of these men have been nothing but impressive in their last few bouts, and I expect this bout to be a war. Look for the more solid fighter, Alcantara, to pull away as the bout goes on, and likely win a really fun decision.
Winner – Yuri Alcantara defeats Hacran Dias via Split Decision
Rony Mariano Bezerra (10-3-0) vs Godofredo de Oliveira (8-0-0)
If you’ve watched the show, you likely know what’s going to happen here. The first ever TUF Brazil winner will be crowned, as Rony “Jason” will decimate his undefeated opponent. This is a terrible style match-up for Godofredo, who essentially has no striking skills whatsoever. He’ll have to get Rony down, and he won’t be able to.
Winner – Rony Mariano Bezerra defeats Godofredo de Oliveira via TKO Round 1
Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira (4-2-0) vs Sergio Moraes (6-1-0)
In a battle between two men that would handily lose to Daniel Sarafian, we’ll crown the second TUF Brazil champion. Moraes is solid, and a fitting replacement for the injured finalist, but Mutante is going to absolutely run through him. The beginning of this bout will be close, but that’s about it. Moraes is getting starched.
Winner – Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira defeats Sergio Moraes via TKO Round 1
I like Russow and damn has he impressed me with his last few victories. He hits hard, he has so much heart, and he’s smart in that cage. I just feel as if it all comes to an end tonight. Werdum is just such a good grappler, and his striking is always getting better. This fight will be ridiculous, and each man will have his moment, but Werdum is going to tap that ass, so to speak.
Winner – Fabricio Werdum defeats Mike Russow via Submission Round 2
The first fight between these two was brilliant. Fifteen solid minutes of action, ending with their memorable third round exchange on the cage, I weep with nostalgia at how much I enjoyed that bout. I likely will not enjoy this one. Both men have aged horrible, more so Wanderlei, and neither man will ever be close to title contention ever again. I expect Franklin to use his evasiveness and sneaky striking to outpoint Wandy, and Brazil will shed tears for their fallen hero. Better than getting brain damage from Vitor Belfort though, right?
Winner – Rich Franklin defeats Wanderlei Silva via Unanimous Decision
So that’s it. A solid night of fights that most people won’t bother watching. I will, and you should to. It all goes down tonight with the prelims beginning around 7:00 PM EST on Facebook, 8:00 PM EST on FX, and 10:00 PM EST on PPV.
Enjoy the fights and make sure to check back here later for our live coverage of the show!