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Cezar Jesus Ferreira (born February 15, 1985), better known in his home country Brazil as Cezar Mutante, is a mixed martial artist who competes in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, he is the inaugural winner of Globo's The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.

Cezar Ferreira
BornCezar Jesus Ferreira
(1985-02-15) February 15, 1985 (age 34)
Ibitinga, São Paulo, Brazil
Other namesMutante
ResidenceCoral Springs, Florida, United States
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Weight184 lb (83 kg; 13.1 st)
Reach78 in (198 cm)
StyleBJJ, Capoeira
Fighting out ofBelo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
TeamJaco Hybrid Training Center (Blackzilians)
Extreme Couture
Rank3rd degree[citation needed] black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Master in Capoeira[2]
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission4
By decision6
By knockout4
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Ferreira grew up wrestling and practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu throughout his childhood and adolescence. Viewing tapes of UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie fighting caused his interest in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA to grow.[3] 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.[4]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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 Antônio 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 choking Arinelli unconscious with a D'arce 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.[3] 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 FighterEdit

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 Mafra. Mutante won via submission (guillotine choke) in the second round.[5] 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 Sérgio Moraes, who replaced for Sarafian due to an injury.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

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 Sérgio Moraes.[6] Ferreira won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ferreira was expected to face C.B. Dollaway on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8.[7] However, Dollaway was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by Chris Camozzi.[8] Then on April 7, Ferreira pulled out of the fight as well, citing an injury and was replaced by Rafael Natal.[9]

Ferreira was expected to face Clint Hester on August 3, 2013 at UFC 163.[10] However, Hester was forced out of the bout and Ferreira instead faced promotional newcomer Thiago Santos.[11] He won the fight via submission in the first round.

Ferreira faced Daniel Sarafian on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.[12] He won the fight via split decision (28–29, 30–27, and 30–28).

The bout with C.B. Dollaway eventually took place on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38.[13] Ferreira lost via TKO in the first round.

Ferreira faced Andrew Craig on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 44.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ferreira faced Sam Alvey on February 22, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 61.[15] Alvey won the fight via knockout in the first round.[16]

Ferreira faced Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight bout on July 12, 2015 at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale.[17] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[18]

Ferreira was expected to face Caio Magalhães on April 16, 2016 at UFC on Fox 19.[19] However, Magalhães pulled out of the fight in the week leading up to the event citing an ankle injury and was replaced by Oluwale Bamgbose.[20] Ferreira won the fight via unanimous decision.[21]

Ferreira next faced Anthony Smith on July 8, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.[22] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

Ferreira faced Jack Hermansson on November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 100.[24] He won the fight via submission in the second round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[25][26]

Ferreira faced Elias Theodorou on February 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 105.[27] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Ferreira faced Nate Marquardt on November 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 120.[29] He won the fight via split decision.[30]

Ferreira faced Karl Roberson on May 12, 2018 at UFC 224.[31] He won the fight via technical submission in the first round.[32]

Ferreira was expected to face Tom Breese on November 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 140.[33] However, it was reported on November 9, 2018 that Breese pulled out of the event due to injury, and he was replaced by Ian Heinisch.[34] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[35]

The pairing with Breese was rescheduled and was expected to take place on March 16, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 147.[36] However, on February 1, 2019, Ferreira withdrew from the fight on February 1, citing a knee injury.[37]

Ferreira faced Marvin Vettori on July 13, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 155.[38] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[39]

Championships and awardsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 13 wins 8 losses
By knockout 3 4
By submission 4 0
By decision 6 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–8 Marvin Vettori Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: de Randamie vs. Ladd July 13, 2019 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 13–7 Ian Heinisch Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio November 17, 2018 3 5:00 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 13–6 Karl Roberson Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 224 May 12, 2018 1 4:45 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 12–6 Nate Marquardt Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis November 11, 2017 3 5:00 Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Loss 11–6 Elias Theodorou Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne February 19, 2017 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 11–5 Jack Hermansson Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 November 19, 2016 2 2:11 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 10–5 Anthony Smith Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale July 8, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–5 Oluwale Bamgbose Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Teixeira vs. Evans April 16, 2016 3 5:00 Tampa, Florida, United States Return to Middleweight.
Loss 8–5 Jorge Masvidal KO (elbow and punches) The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians Finale July 12, 2015 1 4:22 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Welterweight debut.
Loss 8–4 Sam Alvey KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir February 22, 2015 1 3:34 Porto Alegre, Brazil
Win 8–3 Andrew Craig Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens June 28, 2014 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Loss 7–3 C.B. Dollaway KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 March 23, 2014 1 0:39 Natal, Brazil
Win 7–2 Daniel Sarafian Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson November 9, 2013 3 5:00 Goiânia, Brazil
Win 6–2 Thiago Santos Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 163 August 3, 2013 1 0:47 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 5–2 Sérgio Moraes Decision (unanimous) UFC 147 June 23, 2012 3 5:00 Belo Horizonte, 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 de Freitas TKO (doctor stoppage) Bitetti Combat 7 May 28, 2010 2 3:37 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 2–1 Felipe Arinelli Technical Submission (D'Arce choke) Bitetti Combat 6 February 25, 2010 2 0:55 Brasília, Brazil
Loss 1–1 Antônio Braga Neto Decision (unanimous) XFC Brazil 1 April 29, 2007 1 10:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 1–0 André Severo TKO (punches) XFC Brazil 1 April 29, 2007 1 1:29 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Fight Card - The Ultimate Fighter Finale American Top Team vs. Blackzilians". Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Cezar Ferreira - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Archived from the original on January 7, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Cezar Ferreira TUF Profile". April 1, 2012. Archived from the original on November 30, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "TUF Brasil Episode Five Recap". April 23, 2012. Archived from the original on November 30, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "Episode No. 5 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". Archived from the original on 2012-04-24. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-06-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Staff (2013-03-04). "Roger Gracie e Cezar Mutante reforçam card do UFC em Jaraguá (Brazilian Portuguese)". Archived from the original on 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
  8. ^ "Chris Camozzi in for injured C.B. Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira at UFC on FX 8". April 1, 2013.
  9. ^ "Chris Camozzi vs. Rafael Natal slated for UFC on FX 8 in Brazil". 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
  10. ^ Dana Becker (2013-05-30). "Cezar Ferreira-Clint Hester Slated For UFC 163". Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  11. ^ Christoferr Esping (2013-07-18). "Clint Hester skadad, Thiago 'Marreta' möter nu Cezar 'Mutante' på UFC 163". Retrieved 2013-07-18.
  12. ^ Staff (2013-09-04). "Cezar Ferriera vs. Daniel Sarafian set for November's UFC Fight Night 32 co-main". Retrieved 2013-09-04.
  13. ^ Guilherme Cruz. "Cezar Ferreira vs. CB Dollaway agreed for UFC event in Brazil". Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  14. ^ Daniel Saludo (2014-04-22). "Craig to fight Ferreira in San Antonio". Retrieved 2014-04-22.
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  16. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-02-22). "UFC Fight Night 61 results: Sam Alvey all smiles after bulldozing Cezar Ferreira". Retrieved 2015-02-22.
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  19. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-02-17). "Caio Magalhaes to face Cezar 'Mutante' at UFC on Fox 19". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
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  25. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-11-19). "UFC Fight Night 100 results: Cezar Ferreira chokes out Jack Hermansson in second round". Retrieved 2016-11-19.
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  28. ^ Andrew Pearson (2017-02-19). "UFC Fight Night 105 results: Elias Theodorou edges out Cezar Ferreira via decision". Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  29. ^ Lucas Rezende (2017-08-05). "Nate Marquardt vs. Cezar Mutante set for UFC Fight Night in Norfolk". Retrieved 2017-08-05.
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  38. ^ Jay Pettry. "UFC returns to Sacramento in July". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
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