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

DWCS 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 promising WMMA talents and the return of six-time UFC light heavyweight competitor Henrique “Frankenstein” da Silva. DWTNCS Brazil 2 airs on Combate (Brasil) on Friday, 8/31 at 3 PM EST and 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)
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.


Women’s Strawweight 115 lbs:

Marina Rodriguez (10-0, #57 World, opponents 41-26)


Maria Oliveira (10-3, #23 World W105, opponents 21-18)

Santa Catarina’s Marina Rodriguez has earned this opportunity on the strength of four straight decision over winning opponents in the Brazilian regionals. This will be Rodriguez’s first business trip outside of Brazil, while her 21 year old opponent Maria Oliveira already has a pair of road fights under her belt courtesy of a two-fight run in RIZIN. Oliveira outstruck noted wrestler Alyssa Garcia in the opener of the RIZIN 2017 atomweight Grand Prix before falling to eventual champ Kanna Asakura. We’ll see if the size difference plays a factor here as Oliveira steps up to 115 pounds.


Middleweight 185 lbs:

Marcio Alexandre Jr (16-4, #132 World, opponents 111-58)


Leonardo Silva (12-2, #130 World LHW, opponents 67-40)

When Marcio “Lyoto” Alexandre steps inside the cage this Thursday, he’ll become the first former UFC fighter to get a shot in DWTNCS Brazil. After reaching the TUF Brazil 3 finals as a welterweight, Alexandre suffered his first pro loss via Warlley Alves guillotine. The striker received his pink slip two fights later after he fell short on the cards to Tim Means and Court McGee. Alexandre has been busy since his return to the regionals, with four victories against winning competition and a single loss that saw the ref fail to call obviously illegal ground strikes. Alexandre will take on 26 year old Sao Paulo native Leonardo Silva, who is currently best known for falling short to undefeated Russian light heavyweight prospect Shamil Akhmedov at Fight Nights Global 82 last December.


Womens Flyweight 125 lbs:

Taila Santos (14-0, #49 World W135, opponents 7-11)


Estefani Almeida (7-1, #112 World, opponents 19-13)

Astra Fight Team has a track record of producing young fighters like Luis Japa and Julio Cesar Neves who build impressive-looking records on a steady diet of complete mismatches. Taila Santos is no exception to the rule, as her 14 fallen opponents owned a combined record of just 7 wins, 11 losses on fight night; that said, she does hold a notable win over fellow DWTNCS Brazil fighter Gisele Moreira. Much of 25 year old Santos’ early career work has been done at 135 pounds, but she’ll be stepping down to flyweight to face her most legit opponent yet in 29 year old Manaus native Estefani Almeida. Almeida is the reigning champ in Amazonas province’s Mr. Cage promotion, and she managed to get to the judges’ scorecards in her one pro loss versus UFC #2 bantamweight Ketlen Vieira. It’s anyone’s guess what to expect when the consistent can-finisher Santos locks horns with the much more battle-toughened Almeida.


Middleweight 185 lbs:

Andre Muniz (16-4, #97 World LHW, opponents 114-44)


Bruno Assis (8-2, #222 World, opponents 46-8)

The DWTNCS Brazil 2 headliner  will be a war between two fairly well-tested middleweight finishers who have yet to break out of the regional scene. The 28 year Muniz’ most recognizable win is a 2014 decision over already-faded former WEC star Paulo Filho; otherwise, he’s feasted on a mixed bag of regional opposition. Assis has faced more consistent competition, including losses to ACB contender Baisangur Vakhitov and UFC #8 middleweight Paulo Borrachinha Costa and a couple of wins against Jungle Fight’s best. Expect fireworks in this battle of well-rounded fighters; Muniz has only been to the scorecards once versus Filho, while Assis has been to the judges twice.

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