The winner of the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Brazil” will be determined when the Ultimate Fighting Championship heads back to the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paolo for the finale on May 31.
The main event should be a rare treat for MMA fans who appreciate the striking arts as Fabio Maldonado and Stipe Miocic are set to cross paths.
Here are my TUF Brazil 3 Finale Predictions:
Stipe Miocic vs. Fabio Maldonado
Stipe (11-1-0, 7 KOs) looked good during his last outing, besting Gabriel Gonzaga with his superior boxing and cardio.
Maldonado (21-6-0, 12 KOs) was even more impressive during his last outing, surviving some tough moments early on, beating the crap out of his opponent, Gian Villante, during the latter rounds.
The striking exchanges between these two at the TUF Brazil 3 Finale should be close and entertaining, but at the end of the day, Miocic’s superior wrestling will likely be the difference maker.
Prediction: Miocic wins via decision.
Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Yakovlev (21-4-1, 8 KOs) is on a three-fight win streak heading into his UFC debut, but the promotion’s matchmakers didn’t do him any favors by pairing him up against a Maia (18-6-0, 9 submissions) at the TUF Brazil 3 Finale.
Demian is currently on a two-fight losing streak, losing to Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald, but he had his moments during both fights. It couldn’t be any clearer that the Brazilian remains one of the top contenders in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight division.
That’s not good for Yakovlev.
Prediction: Maia wins via submission.
Remaining TUF Brazil 3 Finale Predictions:
Warlley Alves vs. TBD
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. TBD
Robbie Peralta defeats Rony Jason
Diego Brandao defeats Brian Ortega
Elias Silverio defeats Ernest Chavez
Paulo Thiago defeats Gasan Umalatov
Mark Eddiva defeats Kevin Souza
Rashid Magomedov defeats Rodrigo Damm
Pedro Munhoz defeats Matt Hobar
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.
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