September 26, 1982
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Division||Bantamweight (135 lb) |
Featherweight (145 lb)
|Reach||67.0 in (170 cm)|
|Style||Tae Kwon Do |
|Fighting out of||Salvador, Bahia, Brazil|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown belt in |
Black belt in Taekwondo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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.
Mixed martial arts career
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 Fighter
In March 2012, it was revealed that Wolverine was selected to be a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. He defeated Alexandre Ramos via TKO in the first round to move into the Ultimate Fighter house, and become an official cast member.
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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 was expected to face Francisco Rivera on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7. However, Rivera was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by T.J. Dillashaw. 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. However, Bedford pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Wilson Reis. However, just days before the event, Viana was forced out of the bout with an injury, removing their fight from the card altogether.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||8 wins||4 losses|
|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 record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||2 wins||1 loss|
|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.|
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