A winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil took on a TUF Brazil quarterfinalist last night (Aug. 3, 2013) as Cezar Ferreira gave Thiago Santos a harsh lesson on the UFC 163 main card in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Santos had never experienced anything even close to this level of competition plus he was fighting outside of his weight class.
Needless to say, this fight was over quickly.
After a brief feeling-out process, Ferreira connected with a looping left hook square on Santos' chin, sending him staggering backwards into the fence. "Mutante" followed up with a heavy left high kick and some more left hands to force Santos into a situation where he was looking for a desperation takedown.
With Santos' neck exposed, Ferreira latched on an easy guillotine choke and dropped backwards, rolling briefly before settling in and forcing a very quick tapout from his overmatched foe.
For Thiago Santos, the only thing he really showed in this fight is that he has some balls. He knew he was probably outgunned, was a weight class smaller than his opponent and honestly had no business fighting "Mutante," but he did it anyways. He didn't do anything of significance in this fight so there wasn't anything else you could take from his performance.
For Cezar Ferreira, he did exactly what he was supposed to do. This was an absolute squash match and had no business being a main card fight, but he did the best he could with the situation and finished his opponent quickly rather than play around or waste everyone's time. His transition to the submission was pretty slick as well, granted Santos' neck practically came with wrapping paper.