Cezar Ferreira has defeated Sergio Moraes by unanimous decision at UFC 147, effectively earning himself the shared honor of becoming the first-ever winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
The victory didn't come easy, but Ferreira managed to get the better of the striking for the majority of the fight and that was enough to take home the win. Big congratulations to Ferreira for winning in what was a talent-heavy season of TUF.
With the win, Ferreira has earned himself a spot in the UFC's middleweight division, which is a great division to be a part of right now. We're seeing a lot of new contenders emerge and 185 lbs is looking more intriguing than it's looked in years.
However, Ferreira is the new kid on the block now and will need to string together a few wins before he's matched up against any of the division's bigger names.
So, what's next for Cezar Ferreira?
Fellow TUF cast member Daniel Safarian makes a lot of sense. Safarian was originally supposed to meet Ferreira in the final, but was forced to pull out with an injury. As such, Ferreira's title might feel a little tarnished. This would be a great fight to let the kid prove he really is the top dog.
If the UFC doesn't want to go that route, there are lots of other potential fights for Ferreira.
Andrew Craig and Buddy Roberts are both 1-0 in the middleweight division—they would make sense.
The biggest fight Ferreira can hope for is against a guy like Court McGee, who is also a TUF winner, and coming off his first loss in the UFC.
No matter who the UFC matches Ferreira up with next, this youngster looks like he has a lot of potential and we look forward to seeing him back in the cage.