Brunno Ferreira stepped in on short notice and scored an upset victory when he finished Gregory Rodrigues in their fight at UFC 283.
The matchup was highlighted as this week’s Sleeper Scrap largely due to the finishing skills of both men, and the middleweights got to work right from the opening bell. Rodrigues entered the fight having knocked out his last two opponents and was preparing for a higher-profile matchup with Brad Tavares, but Ferreira quickly earned some respect when an early right hand connected cleanly.
“The Hulk” showed off some patience in the early exchanges against the more experienced Rodrigues, but he did still have his chin tested a few times by clean combinations. An outside leg kick briefly staggered “Robocop”, but Ferreira was forced to bail out of his follow-up attempt when Rodrigues threatened to take his back in the ensuing scramble.
It looked as if things might go to a second round until “Robocop” backed Ferreira to the fence late in the opening frame. “The Hulk” initially froze Rodrigues with a pair of missed punches before stepping into a left hand that put his countryman flat on the canvas with under a minute remaining in the first round.
Fighters React To Ferreira’s UFC Debut
The win was the eighth first-round finish of Ferreira’s career, and the 30-year-old’s fantastic UFC debut earned praise from a number of his fellow fighters.
Check out the full results and highlights from UFC 283 here, including Ferreira’s knockout against Rodrigues!