Stipe Miocic had little trouble sending Fabio Maldonado back to the light heavyweight division Saturday night, scoring a first round TKO victory over the Brazilian at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale from Sao Paulo. Miocic was originally scheduled to square off with Junior dos Santos, but the ex-UFC champion suffered a hand injury and had to bow out.
Maldonado, coming off back-to-back wins at 205 pounds, agreed to take on the fight against Miocic. He weathered the first attack, but the second flurry did him in, forcing the ref to step in and end it.
Two new TUF: Brazil winners were also crowned in Antonio Carlos, Jr. and Warlley Alves. Complete results can be found below. "Performance of the Night" bonuses were given to Miocic and Alves, while Kevin Souza and Mark Eddiva were honored as "Fight of the Night." All four picked up an additional $50,000.
Stipe Miocic def. Fabio Maldonado via TKO (strikes) at :35 of Round 1
Antonio Carlos, Jr. def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) to become TUF Brazil heavyweight champion
Warlley Alves def. Marcio Alexandre, Jr. via technical submission (guillotine choke) at :25 of Round 3 to become TUF Brazil middleweight champion
Demian Maia def. Alexander Yakovlev via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Robbie Peralta def. Rony Jason via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Rashid Magomedov def. Rodrigo Damm via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Elias Silverio def. Ernest Chavez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:21 of Round 3
Gasan Umalatov def. Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kevin Souza def. Mark Eddiva via TKO (strikes) at 4:52 of Round 2
Ricardo Abreu def. Wagner Silva via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:06 of Round 2
Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Richardson Moreira via KO (strike) at :20 of Round 1
Pedro Munhoz def. Matt Hobar via TKO (strikes) at 2:47 of Round 1
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