After all, at 6’4, undefeated as a professional with a perfect 10-0 record, and with only two decisions to his name, it was easy to see why this Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt was sought after by the worlds largest organization.
However, after a disappointing knockout loss to Gerald Harris and an additional loss to grappling ace Demian Maia at UFC 118, with a win over former UFC title challenger David Loiseau sandwiched in between, it looked like the Brazilian’s career inside the octagon would be short lived.
Shy Sadis, co-manager over the middleweight stud recently broke the news of the new 4-fight deal with MMAJunkie.com.
Accordingly, Miranda was in camp with idol and fellow middleweight Anderson Silva, to whom he helped emulate the style of Chael Sonnen (for his UFC 117 match), and since then, the two Brazilians clicked and the Blackhouse representative has taken a liking to Miranda.
Mario stepped up on short notice to fill in for an ill Alan Belcher, when the Demain Maia fight was presented to him. Originally slated to compete on the “UFC Fight Night 22″ card on September 15, the bout was pulled to an earlier date after the Belcher fall out. Instead, the fight was moved two weeks earlier to UFC 118, on August 28, in Boston, Mass.
Miranda held his own against Maia, staving off several submission attempts, but the superior grappling of Demian, a Abu Dhabi Grappling veteran, proved too much, and the former title challenger eventually secured a clean sweep, unanimous decision victory with 30-27 going all across the board.
So, MMA peeps, what do you make of the news of Miranda re-signing with the UFC? Wise move? Can you see him make waves in the crowded division? Sound off in the comment section below.