Posted 06/02/2014 by Mike Fagan in Untethered MMA

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale Review

Did you watch the Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale live? I did not watch the Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale live. I had a prior engagement to attend, which turned out to be fortuitous because this event really took a turn for the worse when Junior dos Santos pulled out with an injury. That left me watching (a pretty OK!) Fight Pass card for Berlin before heading out, while others apparently sat through some 12-13 hours of MMA because they lack a social life and any shred of self-dignity.


Despite some weird spins, this was not the UFC’s first attempt at a double header. They ran a Fight Night on FX and an Ultimate Fighter Finale on the same day in December of 2012, but I guess the international date line came into play and some nerd pushed up his glasses and said, “Well, technically…” No. Not technically. Wikipedia lists both occurring on December 15th, and that settles that.

In any case, this is the UFC’s first of three doubleheaders scheduled for this summer (plus a double-event Fourth of July weekend) (and a fourth in October). With the first one down, it’s worth asking…what’s the point?

Let’s turn back the clock and prevent Junior dos Santos from smashing his hand on whatever it was that Junior dos Santos smashed his hand on. These shows still aren’t worthy of doubleheader status. What is worthy of doubleheader status? I don’t know. But it wasn’t this.

The only people who are gonna sit through 12+ hours of UFC content are hardcore fight fans or weird OCD completists. (I’m sure there’s plenty of overlap there, too.) The UFC, as successful as it has become, doesn’t seem to be in a position where it should encourage fans from choosing between a fight between two top-fifteen middleweights and one featuring two top-ten heavyweights (in the alternate universe we’ve created where dos Santos bathes his hands in bacta every night).

It’s possible I’m looking at this too much through the lens of a hardcore fan/fringe journalist/dude on the OCD completist spectrum. Perhaps the correct mode of action for your typical fan is to skip the prelims and just watch the main cards and enjoy the rest of their happy life with their wife, kids, and Super Chexx bubble hockey game. But then you wonder why the UFC schedules number-seven ranked Iuri Alcantara on the Fight Pass prelims of a Fight Pass event.


Bruce Buffer introduced Fabio Maldonado as “Fabiano” Maldonado, and the ring announcer messing up your name probably portends bad things happening to you. Bad things did happen to Fabio Maldonado, as Stipe Miocic hurt him with a punch early and then hurt him with another punch less early than that before Mario Yamasaki lazily asserted himself and stopped the bout 35 seconds in.

People came out of the wood work and shouted from the Twittertop about how this fight shouldn’t have been put together and what a waste of time and blah blah blah. It was the same sort of thing we heard after Daniel Cormier abused Patrick Cummins.

I get it, sort of. I mean, both fights were stupid and not competitive in the slightest, and Dana White trying to sell Cormier/Cummins as anything but was embarrassing and a sham. But the guys still need to fight. Cormier begged someone to fight him on Twitter. I didn’t see Miocic begging, but I’m assuming he still wanted a fight, too.

Both Cormier and Miocic are tough fights (more the former than the latter), and neither one is a guy you want your legitimate prospect/contender taking on on short notice. And if you can’t find a legitimate prospect/contender (or if they promotion doesn’t want to waste a legitimate prospect/contender), you find some body to thrown in for some light sparring-plus.

And that’s fine! I have no problem with Cormier and Miocic fighting Cummins and Maldonado, respectively, if it’s the difference between them fighting now and them not fighting for another month or two or five. The issue, as noted, is when those fights are promoted as anything other than the squash/tuneup fights that they are.


-The official attendance was announced as 8,986. Wikipedia lists Ginásio do Ibirapuera’s capacity as 11,000 (with a record attendance of 20,000, so…), but there were empty seats all over the building well into the main card.

-Warlley Alves and Antônio Carlos Jr. are your new Ultimate Fighter winners, if that does anything for you.

-No word on what the UFC did with the canvas intended for Berlin. Maybe all the fighters made a big air bubble and sat inside of it and giggled like schoolchildren.

Mike Fagan is a weekly contributor to MMA Owl. He also hosts Untethered MMA every Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Follow him on Twitter


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