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The 3rd episode of TUF Brazil begins with a short recap of the 2nd episode, and picks up where that episode left off; with morale high amidst Team Vitor members. Belfort is trying to decide who will fight in the next fight, and says that when his team members want to fight is important to him. Daniel Sarafian is ready to go, and wants to fight Renee Forte. After a fair bit of footage in which Team Wanderlei members try to figure out who Belfort will pick, the fight is announced: Daniel Sarafian vs. Renee Forte.

Belfort also spends some time thanking the guys on both teams for creating a good atmosphere, with a lot of respect. Wandy is very annoyed at this and sees it as unnecessary and boring.

Next, we get some insight into the lives of the two fighters. Daniel, who is from Sao Paulo, talks a bit about how he was raised without his dad and lived in his grandparents’ house. He was a bit of a troublemaker growing up, and learned to fight to defend himself against bullies. Belfort speaks highly of Sarafian’s willpower, determination and skill.

Renee Forte also didn’t exactly have it easy growing up. He is from Fortaleza, and lost his mother at the age of 18; 7 years ago. He lives with his father and little brother and has been training in karate since he was 6 years old. He has a complicated relationship with his father, who drinks a lot, and they argue a lot. Forte has thought of giving up fighting since all of his friends have graduated college–and he dropped out to pursue MMA. Silva describes Forte as a hard worker, but says he jokes a lot.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…er, TUF house, there’s talk about splitting the house so people from different teams do not have to share rooms, but some believe this is a bad idea. There’s definitely a bit of a split. This is further characterized by Rodrigo Damm, who thinks making jokes about the other team is disrespectful, and Gapharzino, who thinks it’s fun to run around the house naked.

The juxtaposition between teams is also evident in the van ride to the first house, as Damm leads Team Belfort in prayer leading up to the fight, and Team Wanderlei is busy joking and chanting in their van.

The fights are about to start, but not before Junior dos Santos comes to visit and says hi to everyone in both teams.

It’s not the most exciting fight, but Sarafian does have a slick back take in the 2nd round and ultimately wins by rear-naked choke.

Afterwards, Junior dos Santos visits the house, and there is talk about campaigning to stop dengue fever. Fighting is fighting, but it’s evident throughout the entire show that the majority of these Brazilian fighters have things a lot harder than many privileged fighters do.

Next week promises some house drama and a bit of focus on team morale amongst Wandy’s guys. Check it out on tuf.tv, or just come back for the next recap.

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