Hugo Viana (born September 26, 1982) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2010, Wolverine made a name for himself competing on the first season of Globo's The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. He is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), fighting in its bantamweight division.

Hugo Viana
BornHugo Viana
(1982-09-26) September 26, 1982 (age 37)
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Other namesWolverine
NationalityBrazilian
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
DivisionBantamweight (135 lb)
Featherweight (145 lb)
Reach67.0 in (170 cm)[2]
StyleTae Kwon Do
Boxing
Wing Chun
Fighting out ofSalvador, Bahia, Brazil
TeamChampion Team
Rank     Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[citation needed]
     Black belt in Taekwondo[citation needed]
Years active2010-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total12
Wins8
By knockout1
By decision7
Losses4
By knockout2
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Viana decided to begin training in mixed martial arts in 2010 after admiring the sport for several years and having trained in Tae Kwon Do since he was 12 years old and in Boxing and Wing Chun since age of 21. In 2005, he took up Brazilian jiu-jitsu before he began his MMA training with Champions Team MMA in his hometown of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Wolverine (nicknamed after the Marvel Comics character) did not spend long on the amateur circuit, only competing in one fight before turning professional only a few months later.

He made his professional debut on May 26, 2010 against Marcelo Santos at a Win Fight and Entertainment event. Hugo won the fight via unanimous decision after three rounds. He fought on the next Win Fight card in August 2010 against Marcelo Palombo de Souza, winning the fight via split decision. From November 2010 to September 2011 Hugo fought three times, winning all three fights via unanimous decision to bring his record to 5-0. He tried out for a spot on the first installment of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil and was selected.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In March 2012, it was revealed that Wolverine was selected to be a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.[3] He defeated Alexandre Ramos via TKO in the first round to move into the Ultimate Fighter house, and become an official cast member.[4]

Viana was selected as the second pick (fourth overall) by Vitor Belfort, to be a part of Team Vitor. In the first round of the tournament, Hugo was selected to fight Marcos Vina of Team Wanderlei. After two close rounds, Wolverine was announced the winner via unanimous decision.[5]

In the semi-finals, Hugo fought Rony Mariano Bezerra, losing the fight via unanimous decision, thus eliminating him from the tournament.[6]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Viana made his UFC debut on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147 against John Teixeira. The fight was contested at a catchweight of 150 lbs. after Teixeira missed weight. He won the fight via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

Viana dropped down to the Bantamweight division for his next fight on December 15, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale against Reuben Duran.[7] He won the fight via KO in the first round.

Viana was expected to face Francisco Rivera on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[8] However, Rivera was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by T.J. Dillashaw.[9] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Viana was expected to face Johnny Bedford on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28.[10] However, Bedford pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Wilson Reis.[11] However, just days before the event, Viana was forced out of the bout with an injury, removing their fight from the card altogether.

Viana faced Junior Hernandez at UFC on Fox 10.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Viana faced Aljamain Sterling on July 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 45.[13] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round.

Viana faced Guido Canetti on August 1, 2015 at UFC 190.[14] He lost the fight by unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion.[15]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
12 matches 8 wins 4 losses
By knockout 1 2
By submission 0 0
By decision 7 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 8–4 Zac Riley Decision (unanimous) RFA 34: Velickovic vs. Smith January 15, 2016 3 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss 8–3 Guido Cannetti Decision (unanimous) UFC 190 August 1, 2015 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 8–2 Aljamain Sterling TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller July 16, 2014 3 3:50 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 8–1 Junior Hernandez Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson January 25, 2014 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 7–1 T.J. Dillashaw TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 2013 1 4:22 San Jose, California, United States
Win 7–0 Reuben Duran KO (punch) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale December 15, 2012 1 4:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Bantamweight debut.
Win 6–0 John Teixeira Decision (split) UFC 147 June 23, 2012 3 5:00 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Catchweight (150 lbs) bout; Teixeira missed weight.
Win 5–0 Thiago Nascimento Decision (unanimous) Win Fight and Entertainment 10 September 16, 2011 3 5:00 Salvador, Brazil
Win 4–0 Rafael Sobral Decision (unanimous) Win Fight and Entertainment 9 May 14, 2011 3 5:00 Salvador, Brazil
Win 3–0 Dingo Sampaio Decision (unanimous) Demo Fight 5 November 21, 2010 3 5:00 Salvador, Brazil
Win 2–0 Marcelo Palombo Decision (split) Win Fight and Entertainment 7 August 21, 2010 3 5:00 Salvador, Brazil
Win 1–0 Marcelo Santos Decision (unanimous) Win Fight and Entertainment 6 May 26, 2010 3 5:00 Salvador, Brazil

Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2-1 Rony Jason Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil June 17, 2012 (airdate) 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil semifinal round.
Win 2-0 Marcos Vinicius Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil April 29, 2012 (airdate) 2 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil preliminary round.
Win 1-0 Alexandre Ramos TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil March 25, 2012 (airdate) 1 0:00 São Paulo, Brazil The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil elimination round.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 190 Rousey vs. Correia". UFC.com. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Cerrone vs. Miller". UFC.com. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  3. ^ "'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' cast unveiled with 32 featherweights and middleweights". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  5. ^ "Episode No. 6 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  6. ^ "Episode No. 12 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on June 17, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "Hugo Viana Set To Fight Reuben Duran At TUF 16 Finale". mmamania.com. 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  8. ^ Ken Pishna (March 5, 2013). "Francisco Rivera and Hugo Viana Agree to UFC on Fox 7 Bantamweight Battle". mmaweekly.com.
  9. ^ Matt Erickson (2013-03-22). "T.J. Dillashaw replaces Francisco Rivera, meets Hugo Viana at UFC on FOX 7". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2013-03-22.
  10. ^ Alexandre Fernandes (2013-07-12). "Hugo Wolverine enfrenta Johnny Bedford no UFC de Belo Horizonte (Brazilian Portuguese)". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  11. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2013-08-21). "Wilson Reis replaces injured Johny Bedford against Hugo Viana at UFN 28". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  12. ^ Staff (2013-11-27). "Ramiro Hernandez meets Hugo Viana at UFC on FOX 10 in Chicago". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-27.
  13. ^ Adriano Albuquerque (2014-04-24). "Hugo Wolverine e Aljamain Sterling se enfrentam no UFC em Atlantic City (Brazilian Portuguese)". sportv.gobo.com. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  14. ^ Staff (2015-06-10). "Hugo Viana meets Guido Cannetti at August's UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  15. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-08-01). "UFC 190 results: Guido Cannetti outworks Hugo Viana for unanimous decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01.

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