UFC 147 Card Finalized; Injury Changes 'TUF: Brazil' Middleweight Finals
The first-ever middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil will now be decided in a three round bout between Cezar Mutante Ferreira and Serginho (Sergio) Moraes at UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II, on June 23, 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 of 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. There, Moraes was knocked out in the first round.
The middleweight contestants will square off in the fourth bout of the main card, ahead of a long awaited rematch between TUF Brazil coach Wanderlei Silva and former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. The main card will also feature the TUF Brazil featherweight final, between Rony Jason and Godofredo Pepey, who along with Moraes and Mutante are competing for a contract with the UFC.
Seven of the 11 bouts at UFC 147 will feature contestants from the first season of TUF Brazil. Due to the injury and the loss of his opponent, Renee Forte will be unable to fight and will make an appearance on a future UFC card.
UFC 147 Main Card
Rich Franklin vs Wanderlei Silva
Cezar Ferreira (Mutante) vs Serginho Moraes
Rony (Jason) Mariano Bezerra vs Godofredo Pepey
Mike Russow vs Fabricio Werdum
Hacran Dias vs Yuri Alcantara
UFC 147 Preliminary card
Rodrigo Damm vs Anistavio Medeiros
Francisco Drinaldo vs Delson Heleno
Hugo Viana vs John Teixeira
Leonardo Mafra vs Thiago Perpétuo
Wagner Campos vs Marcos Vinicius
Milton Vieira vs Felipe Arantes
With the change on the main card, fans who purchased tickets for the event will now officially have three days to decide whether to seek a full refund, UFC officials announced on Monday.