|Born||Cezar Jesus Ferreira
February 15, 1985
Ibitinga, São Paulo, Brazil
|Residence||Coral Springs, Florida, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||184 lb (83 kg; 13.1 st)|
|Reach||79.0 in (201 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Team||Jaco Hybrid Training Center (Blackzilians)|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Master in Capoeira
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Cezar Jesus Ferreira (born February 15, 1985) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, Mutante has fought in Brazil and in the United States. He is the inaugural winner of Globo's The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
Ferreira grew up wrestling and practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu throughout his childhood and adolescence. Viewing tapes of UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie fighting caued his interest in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA to grow. 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.
Mixed martial arts career
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 Antonio 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 chocking Arinelli unconscious with a brabo 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. 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
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. 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 Sergio Moraes, who replaced for Sarafian due to an injury.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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 Sergio Moraes. Ferreira won the fight via unanimous decision.
Ferreira was expected to face C.B. Dollaway on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8. However, Dollaway was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Chris Camozzi. Then on April 7, Ferreira pulled out of the fight as well, citing an injury and was replaced by Rafael Natal.
Ferreira was expected to face Clint Hester on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163. However, Hester was forced out of the bout and Ferreira instead faced promotional newcomer Thiago Santos. He won the fight via submission in the first round.
Championships and awards
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|9 matches||7 wins||2 losses|
|Win||7–2||Daniel Sarafian||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson||November 9, 2013||3||5:00||Goiânia, Brazil||Original The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Middleweight tournament final.|
|Win||6–2||Thiago Santos||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 163||August 3, 2013||1||0:47||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||5–2||Sergio Moraes||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 147||June 23, 2012||3||5:00||Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil||Won The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil Middleweight tournament.|
|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 Ricardo Castanho de Freitas||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bitetti Combat 7||May 28, 2010||2||3:37||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||2–1||Felipe Arinelli||Technical Submission (darce choke)||Bitetti Combat 6||February 25, 2010||2||0:55||Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil|
|Loss||1–1||Antonio Braga Neto||Decision (unanimous)||XFC Brazil 1||April 29, 2007||1||10:00||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Andre Severo||TKO (punches)||XFC Brazil 1||April 29, 2007||1||1:29||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Professional record breakdown|
|3 matches||3 wins||0 losses|
|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|
- "Cezar Ferreira TUF Profile". UFC.com. April 1, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "TUF Brasil Episode Five Recap". UFC.com. April 23, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
- "Episode No. 5 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". Retrieved 24 April 2012.
- Staff (2013-03-04). "Roger Gracie e Cezar Mutante reforçam card do UFC em Jaraguá (Brazilian Portuguese)". portaldovaletudo.com.br. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
- "Chris Camozzi in for injured C.B. Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira at UFC on FX 8". mmajunkie.com. April 1, 2013.
- "Chris Camozzi vs. Rafael Natal slated for UFC on FX 8 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
- Dana Becker (2013-05-30). "Cezar Ferreira-Clint Hester Slated For UFC 163". fightline.com. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
- Christoferr Esping (2013-07-18). "Clint Hester skadad, Thiago ‘Marreta’ möter nu Cezar ‘Mutante’ på UFC 163". mmanytt.se. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
- 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.