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UFC 163 results recap: Cezar Ferreira vs Thiago Santos fight review and analysis

How did Cezar Ferreira make quick work of Thiago Santos? Find out below!

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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.

If he gets another shot, it'll be at welterweight where he can face some lower level opposition like Neil Magny, Lance Benoist or perhaps Chris Clements.

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.

Next up for Ferreira will hopefully be a higher level of opposition along the lines of Andrew Craig, Tom Lawlor or perhaps Yoel Romero.

For complete UFC 163 results, including blow-by-blow, fight-by-fight coverage of the entire event as well as immediate post-fight reaction click here and here.