UFC vet Henrique "Frankenstein" da Silva (via Globo)

DWTNCS Brazil 2 Preview: Spoiler-free notes & preview clips on the 5 matchups at Dana White Contender Series Brazil #2

Spoiler free preview for Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series Brazil, Episode 2. The show features four solid regional WMMA fighters, a pair of ace flyweight talents, and the return of six-time UFC light heavyweight competitor Henrique “Frankenstein” da Silva. DWTNCS Brazil 2 films on 8/10/2018 but will be aired on tape delay at a later date on UFC Fight Pass.

 

Light Heavyweight 205 lbs:

Henrique “Frankenstein” da Silva (14-4, 2-4 UFC, #89 World, opponents 134-59)
vs.
Johnny Walker (13-3, 5 win streak, #75 World, opponents 92-38)

Now 29 years old, Henrique “Frankenstein” da Silva entered the UFC at 26 with an air of invincibility thanks to 10 straight KOs to start his career. Frankensten continued to cultivate his reputation as a dangerous prospect with dramatic Octagon finishes of Joachim Christenson & Jonathan Wilson. But the big man appeared to lose confidence when he stepped up a level and got outclassed in four straight versus the likes of Gokhan Saki, Ion Cutelaba, Jordan Johnson, and Paul Craig. Since his late 2017 UFC release, da Silva has regained the winning touch with a pair of regional triumphs over solid journeymen.

Frankenstein will square off with Johnny Walker, a man with much fancier dance moves than da Silva but a similar resume and KO-first fighting style. The 26 year old Walker fell short against his best early career opponents, including grappling ace Klidson Farias and former Phil Davis adversary Wagner Prado. But the heavy handed striker and knee master has been perfect over the last two years, including a KO three straight TKOs on the Euro circuit against solid regional names like Stuart Austin and Cheick Kone.

 

Womens Flyweight 125 lbs:

Sarah Frota (8-0, #37 World, opponents 17-9)
vs.
Maiara Alves (7-2, #71 World, opponents 29-4)

Odd pairing here, as these two fighters already battled earlier this year at a Super Fight League event in Mumbai, India. Maiara Alves will be hoping for a better result when they rematch in Las Vegas; their first fight saw Sarah Frota lock up a pretty academic triangle choke that earned a round 1 tap. The 31 year old Frota fights like a 5’6″ tank, an approach that she’s used to overwhelm and finish six of her eight professional opponents including reigning Queen of Pancrase Viviane Araujo. Thus far Alves, also 31, has defeated a couple of relatively weak opponents with good-looking records in Kiran Singh & Samara Santos while falling short in her serious tests versus Frota & UFC short-timer Ericka Almeida.

 

Mens Flyweight 125 lbs:

Rogerio Bontorin (13-1, #139 World BW, opponents 99-36)
vs.
Gustavo Gabriel (13-0, #69 World, opponents 39-14)

This is a battle of two of the hottest flyweight prospects that Brazil has to offer. Rogerio Bontorin, 24, is the more well-traveled of the two fighters with a pair of bouts in Japan including a well-contested third round loss to five-fight UFC vet Michinori Tanaka. Like his undefeated opponent Gustavo Gabriel, also 24, Bontorin has never lost inside the borders of Brazil and he holds wins over the likes of Pancrase/Akhmat veteran Rildeci Dias and Brave CF contender Cristiano Souza. Gabriel’s run has come against solid Brazilian regional opposition, though he lacks a win over anyone of particular note. The fact that he’s finished 11 of 13 fights, on the other hand, is pretty eye-catching at 125 pounds. Bontorin, to his credit, has Gabriel topped in that department with 12 finishes in 13 wins against largely more experienced opponents.

 

Womens Bantamweight 135 lbs:

Mayra Bueno Silva (4-0, #39 World, opponents 12-1)
vs.
Mayana Kellen (7-0, #51 World, opponents 9-6)

A battle of Brazilian mystery women. Mayra Bueno Silva has a pair of very good wins on her short resume, with a TKO of then-undefeated Marila Santos in 2016 and a decision over upcoming Invicta 31 co-main eventer Daiana Firmino in 2017. Mayana Kellen has mixed TKOs and decisions in her seven regional triumphs. Good luck finding footage of either fighter!

 

Middleweight 185 lbs:

Diego Henrique (8-3, #254 World, opponents 75-39)
vs.
Antonio Arroyo (7-2, #215 World, opponents 22-12)

Diehard AXS TV viewers may remember 31 year old Diego “Gaucho” Henrique from his 2014 Legacy FC win versus Alex Morono that saw him take out the UFC welterweight in just 115 seconds. Like Henrique, 29 year old Anotonio Arroyo has one strong win on US soil, a lightning quick headkick KO in the regionals over then 11-2 Trevor Carlsen. Both men have finished all of their wins on Brazilian soil, though Henrique has done so against better competition. Ring rust could play a factor for Henrique, as this fight will be the first time that he steps in the cage in 2 years.

 

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