The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil season two decided it's champion last night (June 8, 2013) as veteran Leonardo Santos took on enthusiastic newcomer William Macario in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 10 in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Santos wasn't even supposed to be in the final fight, but an hand injury to the man who knocked him out of the competition brought him back in the game.
And that didn't stop him from winning it all.
Early on, however, it didn't look like Santos would be winning anything as Macario pressed forward with heavy strikes, clipping Santos with some wide hooks and pushing a pace. Surprisingly, he changed levels and took the world champion Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt to the canvas, gleefully entering Santos' world.
It seemed the bold maneuver would pay off as Macario was able to stay on top and drop some occasional strikes from above.
In the second round, however, Macario began to slow down drastically, dropping his hands and practically winging punches in slow motion. Santos took advantage, throwing more than just his outside leg kicks and gaining confidence with every blow.
Then it was Santos' turn to get aggressive with takedowns, although Macario grabbed the fence big time to avoid it, receiving a harsh warning from the referee.
The next time Santos took the fight to the ground, Macario had no resistance and the combination of Macario gassing plus Santos' extreme advantage in technical grappling prowess allowed Santos to immediately take full mount. From there, the Nova Uniao fighter remained close, working towards an arm triangle. Once he felt he had the position, he surrendered mount, moved to side control and squeezed with everything he had.
After making a slight adjustment, Macario was forced to tap, handing a jubilant Santos the TUF Brazil 2 crown.
For Macario, he just didn't have the experience to hang with Santos for three full rounds and he definitely didn't have the gas tank. Knowing this, he either should have paced himself better or should have just gone for it in the first round a bit harder and tried to get a finish then. Once he gassed, his chances of winning almost completely evaporated. Also, what was he thinking going to the canvas with Santos? The skill disparity was immense on the canvas and he was playing with fire big time. He learned his lesson hopefully because Santos burned him in a big way.