Octagon Oracles: Joanderson Brito

Grade: A-

Joanderson Brito is an athletic and aggressive finishing machine training out of one of the legendary Chute Boxe camps in Brazil, and he’s riding an impressive 11-fight win streak coming into his UFC debut. After a rough start to his career where he lost 2 of his first 3 fights, “Tubarao” has been in incredible form, taking out opponents with a combined 117-38-2 record during his streak and winning the Fusion FC title along the way while also fighting for notable promotions like Thunder Fight, Future FC, and LFA. Even more impressive is that 9 of those 11 wins came by finish, mostly by way of his powerful striking.

Brito had a very tough Contender Series matchup against stellar BJJ practitioner Diego Lopes, who many including myself thought was one of the best prospects scheduled to take part in the 2021 season. Their bout had a strange ending, as an eye-poke by Brito in the third round cost him a point and forced a rare technical decision from the judges, who gave him the win for his stellar performance in the first two rounds. Those rounds saw Tubarao throwing heat while the fight was on the feet and also landing heavy ground and pound while rolling on the mat, all while avoiding and working his way out of an endless series of submission attempts from Lopes. Brito looked explosive and driven and also showed a pretty impressive gas tank given the amount of output and power he was throwing, though he did slow down slightly in the third round.

While his striking is undoubtedly his most dangerous weapon, Brito is also a very talented grappler, as he’s shown with 3 victories by chokes during his winning streak and in his willingness to engage Lopes on the ground. He may have flown a little bit under the radar before being announced for DWCS since he hadn’t fought since mid-2019, but his performance live made me go back to watch whatever other film I could find out of him, and it’s impressive stuff. While his opponents weren’t UFC talents, they were certainly good prospects on the talent-rich Brazilian scene, and Brito often just ran right through them with his pressure, pace, athleticism, and heavy hands. He’s 26 years old, so he should just continue to improve over the next few years and could become a real force to be reckoned with in the featherweight division.

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