DWTNCS Brazil 3 Preview: LFA vets Thiago Moises & Gleidson Poney take center stage, spoiler free preview of all 5 Contender Series Brazil fights
Spoiler free preview for Dana White Contender Series Brazil, Episode 3. The third show features an intriguing battle between LFA veterans Thiago Moises and Gleidon “Poney” Cutis, four solid regional WMMA fighters, and two more of excellent talents from Brazil’s 125 pound ranks. DWTNCS Brazil 3 films on 8/11/2018 but will be aired on tape delay at a later date on UFC Fight Pass.
Lightweight 155 lbs:
Thiago Moises (10-2, 5-1 LFA/RFA, opponents 80-26)
Gleidson “Poney” Cutis (7-3, 2-2 LFA/RFA/ACB, opponents 48-22)
LFA and RFA star Thiago Moises, 23, made his name as a nasty all-arounder with dominant wins over quality fighters like Jamall Emmers, Dave Castillo, and Zach Freeman of Aaron Pico-slaying fame. Decision losses to UFC mainstay Jason Knight and PFL $1 million tourney qualifier Robert Watley have slowed Moises’ ascent to the big show, but he’ll have another crack at showing off his impressive skills versus another Friday night fights vet in Gleidson Cutis, 29. One-fight ACB competitor “Poney” has shown a knack for pulling out close fights, though his wins have come against fighters a cut below the level Moises has been facing. Poney has some striking skills, especially early in the fight, but he doesn’t boast the same arsenal as Moises who is excellent everywhere. Expect the Texas-based grappler Cutis to try hard to force this one to the ground. Good luck getting it there against the stout Moises, and even if Cutis score the takedown it’s no sure thing that he’ll be able to outwork the talented EBI veteran in the BJJ realm.
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Womens Bantamweight 135 lbs:
Gisele Moreira (7-2, #62 World, opponents 29-13)
Dayana Silva (7-3, #56 World, opponents 35-14)
One of the older competitors to set foot inside the Contender Series cage, 37 year old Gisele Moreira turned pro late but has worked her way toward the top of the bantamweight division over the past four years. Moreira earned this spot with wins over top Brazilian WMMA players Karolline Rosa, Priscila de Souza, and reigning KSW champ Arian Lipski. The fact that Moreira has shown finishing power in 3 of her last 4 regional bouts probably caught the eye of Dana and Co. Her opponent, Dayana Silva, has fallen short while amassing 40+ minutes of cage time against top-notch foes Carina Damm, Jennifer Maia, and Juliana Lima. When Silva is in there against an athlete that she can handle, she tends to use distance striking to point her way to a victory. We’ll see whether the Rio native Silva tries to put that gameplan into place against a woman like Moreira who boasts some power.
Mens Flyweight 125 lbs:
Allan Nascimento (17-4, 0-1 RIZIN, opponents 104-32)
Raulian Paiva (17-1, 11 win streak, opponents 94-54)
Emerging from the Chute Boxe tradition, Allan “Puro Osso” Nascimento has been regarded as a future flyweight contender for years. Nascimento is not one to shy away from a tough fight, or a business trip abroad. The Sao Paulo native first entered the North American MMA consciousness with a kneebar finish of then-undefeated Terry Acker in his sixth pro fight at LFC 12. Since then Nascimento has honed his game, consistently finished subs on the regional scene, and lost decisions to notable names Will Campuzano, Ricardo Ramos, and Yuki Motoya.
With one of the most impressive-looking records you’ll see in this sport, Raulian Paiva is just the kind of test that Nascimento needs to prove that he’s learned from those losses and figured out how to defeat top competition. At just 22 year old, Paiva has been fighting since he was 17 and has already faced off against 11 opponents with winning records on fight night. Paiva’s steady ascent up the regional ranks accelerated when he took out UFC vet Iliarde Santos inside of a round last November. Now the native of Amapa in northern Brazil will look to tally a 12th straight win and claim a spot on the big show roster.
Womens Bantamweight 135 lbs:
Mabelly Lima (7-0, #82 World W125, opponents 9-9)
Luana Carolina (4-1, #93 World, opponents 6-2)
It’s hard to argue with an undefeated record, and that’s just what Mabelly Lima brings to the table as she steps up weight on short notice to replace Duda Santana. Lima’s wins haven’t come against anyone of particular note, and there isn’t much video around, but Mabelly looks athletic and inclined toward grappling in the footage that’s out there. Assuming old edges hold up, 25 year old Luana “Dread” Carolina should have a big striking advantage if she can keep it on the feet. Carolina has exhibited legit knockdown power in her hands & feet and the ability to bully foes in the clinch, at least when she takes on low-level regional opposition. That set of skills could spell trouble for the smaller Lima, who will be at a 5 inch height disadvantage versus the 5’7″ Carolina.
Light Heavyweight 205 lbs:
Vinicius Alves (8-1, 4 win streak, opponents 40-14)
John Allan (12-4, 4 win streak, opponents 119-84)
6’4″ Brasilia native Vinicius Alves is a man who knows how to build a win streak: head over to India and fight four times in the span of a month! That’s exactly what Alves did this past February, recording four submissions in Super Fight League India. Two of those wins qualified as legit, including arm triangle finishes of Jungle Fights vet Jose Santos and British striker Jason Radcliffe. If Alves can get John Allan to the ground he may well manage to pull off the same trick, as three of the Parana native’s losses have come by way of submission. To his credit Allan, 25, brings a nice mix of punching power, ability to finish fights on the ground, and capacity to keep fighting through adversity. Allan’s recent run through the regionals has included some finishes of solid non-name competition, but he’s also shown a propensity to occasionally get taken out by guys who aren’t exactly on the UFC’s radar. Either way, this should be all-action as Allan has only been to a decision twice and Alves has never visited the judges’ scorecards.