Cezar Ferreira

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Cezar Ferreira
Born Cezar Jesus Ferreira
(1985-02-15) February 15, 1985 (age 29)
Ibitinga, São Paulo, Brazil
Other names Mutante
Residence Coral Springs, Florida, United States
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 184 lb (83 kg; 13.1 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 79.0 in (201 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Team Jaco Hybrid Training Center (Blackzilians)
Rank 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Master in Capoeira
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 8
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 3
Losses 3
By knockout 2
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Cezar Jesus Ferreira (born February 15, 1985), better known in his home country Brazil as Cezar Mutante, is a mixed martial artist who competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, Ferreira has fought in Brazil and in the United States. He is the inaugural winner of Globo's The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

Background[edit]

Ferreira grew up wrestling and practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu throughout his childhood and adolescence. Viewing tapes of UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie fighting caused his interest in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA to grow.[2] However, after having a rough home life and having to leave at seventeen years old, Mutante found Vitor Belfort who took him in as his own son, helping to raise him and take care of him. Belfort began training Ferreira in MMA at his gym.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

On April 29, 2007, Ferreira made his professional debut in a one-night middleweight tournament for Xtreme Fighting Championships in Brazil. He fought Andre Severo, winning via TKO at 1:29 of round one. In the next round of the tournament, Ferreira suffered his first defeat, losing to Antônio Braga Neto via decision. Ferreira took a long leave of absences from fighting after his wife got pregnant.

Three years after his debut, Ferreira returned to active competition, fighting on the Bitetti Combat 6 card against Felipe Arinelli. Ferreira won the fight after choking Arinelli unconscious with a D'arce choke in the second round. Only a few months later Ferreira, again, fought for Bitetti Combat, fighting on their seventh event. He defeated Cassiano Ricardo Castanho de Freitas via TKO (doctor stoppage) in the second round.

Ferreira then traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada, United States to train with Vitor at Xtreme Couture.[2] He was placed on the Ring of Fire 40 card in Broomfield, Colorado on April 16, 2011. Ferreira defeated Chaun Sims via knockout only 17 seconds into round one. Ferreira took his second professional defeat at Superior Cage Combat 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 20, 2011, losing to Elvis Mutapcic via one-punch knockout.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In March 2012, it was revealed that Mutante was selected to be a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Mutante defeated Gustavo Sampaio by submission with a guillotine choke in the second round to move into the Ultimate Fighter house, and become an official cast member.

Mutante was selected as the first pick (second overall) by his mentor and real-life coach Vitor Belfort to be a part of Team Vitor. In the second Middleweight fight of the season, Mutante was selected to fight Leonardo Macarrao. Mutante won via submission (guillotine choke) in the second round.[4] He was then scheduled to face Thiago Perpetuo for a spot in the final against Daniel Sarafian. He defeated Perpetuo by knockout (head kick) and was expected to face Sérgio Moraes, who replaced for Sarafian due to an injury.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Mutante was expected to make his UFC debut on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147 against Daniel Sarafian to determine the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. However, Sarafian injured himself and was forced out of the bout and replaced by Sérgio Moraes.[5] Ferreira won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ferreira was expected to face C.B. Dollaway on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8.[6] However, Dollaway was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Chris Camozzi.[7] Then on April 7, Ferreira pulled out of the fight as well, citing an injury and was replaced by Rafael Natal.[8]

Ferreira was expected to face Clint Hester on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163.[9] However, Hester was forced out of the bout and Ferreira instead faced promotional newcomer Thiago Santos.[10] He won the fight via submission in the first round.

Ferreira faced Daniel Sarafian on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.[11] He won the fight via split decision.

The bout with C.B. Dollaway eventually took place on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38.[12] Ferreira lost via TKO in the first round.

Ferreira faced Andrew Craig on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 44.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ferreira is expected to face Sam Alvey on February 22, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 61.[14]

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 8–3 Andrew Craig Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens June 28, 2014 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Loss 7–3 C.B. Dollaway KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 March 23, 2014 1 0:39 Natal, Brazil
Win 7–2 Daniel Sarafian Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson November 9, 2013 3 5:00 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 6–2 Thiago Santos Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 163 August 3, 2013 1 0:47 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 5–2 Sérgio Moraes Decision (unanimous) UFC 147 June 23, 2012 3 5:00 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Won The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Middleweight final.
Loss 4–2 Elvis Mutapcic KO (punch) Superior Cage Combat 2 August 20, 2011 1 0:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–1 Chaun Sims KO (punch) Ring of Fire 40 April 16, 2011 1 0:17 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 3–1 Cassiano de Freitas TKO (doctor stoppage) Bitetti Combat 7 May 28, 2010 2 3:37 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 2–1 Felipe Arinelli Technical Submission (D'arce choke) Bitetti Combat 6 February 25, 2010 2 0:55 Brasilia, Brazil
Loss 1–1 Antônio Braga Neto Decision (unanimous) XFC Brazil 1 April 29, 2007 1 10:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 1–0 André Severo TKO (punches) XFC Brazil 1 April 29, 2007 1 1:29 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Thiago Perpétuo KO (head kick) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 1 1:26 Brazil Fought at 185
Win 2–0 Leonardo Mafra Submission (guillotine choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 1:05 Brazil Fought at 185
Win 1–0 Gustavo Sampaio Submission (guillotine choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 1 1:36 Brazil Fought at 185

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Swanson vs. Stephens". UFC.com. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Cezar Ferreira TUF Profile". UFC.com. April 1, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "TUF Brasil Episode Five Recap". UFC.com. April 23, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Episode No. 5 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  5. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/29233/with-mutante-vs-sarafian-official-ufc-147s-main-card-complete-with-five-bouts.mma
  6. ^ Staff (2013-03-04). "Roger Gracie e Cezar Mutante reforçam card do UFC em Jaraguá (Brazilian Portuguese)". portaldovaletudo.com.br. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Chris Camozzi in for injured C.B. Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira at UFC on FX 8". mmajunkie.com. April 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Chris Camozzi vs. Rafael Natal slated for UFC on FX 8 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  9. ^ Dana Becker (2013-05-30). "Cezar Ferreira-Clint Hester Slated For UFC 163". fightline.com. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  10. ^ Christoferr Esping (2013-07-18). "Clint Hester skadad, Thiago ‘Marreta’ möter nu Cezar ‘Mutante’ på UFC 163". mmanytt.se. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  11. ^ Staff (2013-09-04). "Cezar Ferriera vs. Daniel Sarafian set for November's UFC Fight Night 32 co-main". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  12. ^ Guilherme Cruz. "Cezar Ferreira vs. CB Dollaway agreed for UFC event in Brazil". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  13. ^ Daniel Saludo (2014-04-22). "Craig to fight Ferreira in San Antonio". csnhouston.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  14. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2014-12-18). "Ferreira-Alvey announced for UFC Fight Night in Brazil on Feb. 22". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-12-18. 

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