Entering the co-main event between The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 cast members William Patolino and Leonardo Santos, every fight had been finished in the very first-round. For two guys making their UFC debuts and looking to be named the TUF: Brazil 2 welterweight champion, this was a lot to live up to. Patolino entered the bout unbeaten, while Santos had five straight wins coming in to the bout and the honor of having submitted UFC champion Georges St-Pierre with a flying armbar in a grappling match back in 2005.
Both men were highly touted prospects that shined during their time on the show, but it was going to be interesting to see how they would handle the bright lights of being in the octagon in front of their home country.
Patolino put the early pressure on Santos up against the cage as the two men were wrestling for position, before separating and making their way back to the center of the octagon. Patolino quickly got Santos back in the clinch and used his power advantage to get the more experienced fighter on his back. Once on his back, Santos was looking to use his world class jiu jitsu to regain position but Patolino was raining down some ground and pound and controlled the posture of Santos.
Once the fighters returned to their feet, Santos was unable to get off any strikes and failed a an attempt at a judo trip before Patolino tied him up and went for a banana split submission before the buzzer sounded. This was the first fight on the main card to make it out of round one.
The pace picked up to start the second round and Patolino came out with his lackadaisical approach that made him appear to be gassed, but he has used that as strategy in the past. It was hard to tell whether that was truly fatigue or if Patolino was playing possum, but he ultimately dove in for a takedown and looked to smother Santos and take advantage of his size.
Santos was able to get back to his feet, but he had nothing for the younger fighter on his feet.
With two minutes to go, Santos went for a takedown, but Patolino grabbed the fence and landed in top position. Referee Marc Goddard stopped the action and reset the fighters because of the foul that Patolino committed. Once the action was restarted, Santos landed a beautiful throw and instantly showed off his grappling skills by taking the mount. Santos was landing some ground and pound while looking to isolate an arm and go for the arm-triangle.
Santos was able to tighten up the choke with less than a minute left and that was all it took for Santos to earn the submission win and become the The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 welterweight champion.
After the win, Santos jumped out of the cage and immediately went to embrace his teammate and the man that he considers a little brother, Jose Aldo.
Official time of the stop came at 4:43 in the second round.
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