Fernando Bruno and Glaico Franca battled for the right to be called The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 4" lightweight winner at the UFC 190 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Sat. night (Aug. 1, 2015) inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Franca would defeat Bruno by submission, locking up a rear-naked choke with only seconds left in the final frame to claim top honors in the international version of the combat sports reality show.
The official time came at 4:46 in the third round.
After a brief feeling-out process, Bruno shot in on a takedown and Franca nearly took his back in a scramble on the ground. The Team Nogueira fighter then went for another takedown, but could not keep his opponent down.
Franca showed great takedown defense and landed a takedown of his own soon thereafter. The 24-year-old "Team Shogun" cast member dragged Bruno back down to the ground after he made it back to his feet. but was unable to secure a submission attempt or advance to a dominant position.
The fight would move into the clinch to start the second round, with Bruno striving to land a takedown along the cage. Franca used his length, leverage, and strength to reverse position and he dragged Bruno down to the canvas.
Franca lost control and ended up on his back with Bruno inside of his guard. Bruno was not able to land any significant punches and disengaged from Franca's guard and stood back up. The Nova Uniao fighter dragged Bruno back down and when Bruno rolled, Franca took his back. Bruno was able to hand fight and avoid getting caught in a submission for the remainder of the round.
Bruno came out swinging hard and heavy to start the third round and again forced his way into the clinch while looking for a takedown and this time he was successful. Bruno went to take Franca's back, but lost position. The fight returned to the feet and Bruno clinched up with Franca and pressed him into the fence.
Herb Dean was forced to pause the action after Franca landed a knee to Bruno's groin.
Both fighters looked to be sapped of energy in the last two minutes and Franca was able to land a takedown with about 90 seconds left in the contest. From there, Franca rode out the round on Bruno's back hunting for a rear-naked choke.
With seconds left, Franca softened Bruno up with punches and then locked up the submission to seal the deal and force the tap.
Franca improves to 13-3 with the victory, while Bruno drops to 15-3.