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The last Brazil card of the year brings us a Light-Heavyweight Banger – UFC Fight Night Sao Paolo Preview


The City of Sao Paolo, Brazil has been very good to the UFC. Sao Paolo has played host to a total of six UFC events dating back to 1998 at UFC 21: Ultimate Brazil. Most recently Sao Paolo hosted Fight Night 119 Brunson Vs. Machida, where Derek Brunson finished the legend in the first round. However, the event is best known for Colby Covington‘s profanity-laced tirade towards both the Champion Tyron Woodley and the entire nation of Brazil and it’s inhabitants. Covington will likely never enter the nation of Brazil again after he received multiple threats of harm. Anyways, this card isn’t incredible, but it is worth watching in my opinion. The main event will now be Eryk Anders Vs. Thiago Santos, which is a long way away from what it was supposed to be (Glover Teixeira Vs. Jimi Manuwa), still a possible banger.

Light Heavyweight: Sam Alvey (-300) Vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (+250)

Sam Alvey Vs. Little Nog is a fun fight that I believe should’ve happened long ago. Nogueira has had an unfortunate few years going 1-3 since 2014, he was flagged by USADA incorrectly and has had a nagging neck injury and to top it all off, he hasn’t fought since 2016 when he was defeated by Ryan Bader. Certainly not active enough for someone to make serious strides towards moving up in the rankings. Sam Alvey has had 15 UFC Fights since 2014 going a respectable 10-5 at both Middleweight and Light Heavyweight. I believe the Activity will take precedence over the legend at this point and Sam Alvey will take the victory via Decision. Sam Alvey Def. Little Nog

Welterweight: Carlo Pedersoli (+320) Vs. Alex Oliveira (-385)

Alex Oliveira has made a home for himself at Welterweight and now, after losing his original opponent in Neil Magny, he draws the upstart Italian Welterweight Carlo Pedersoli. Since his UFC Debut, Oliveira has gone 9-3 with 1 No Contest and has had some incredibly entertaining performances recently. Oliveira recently defeated both Ryan LaFlare and Carlos Condit and also lost in an absolute war with Yancy Medeiros, all three resulted in Performances bonuses. Carlo Pedersoli made good on his UFC Debut, taking a decision victory over Brad Scott. While I like Pedersoli as a prospect, and as the Grandson of Italian TV Star Bud Spencer (Thank you Wikipedia), I also believe that this is too large of a jump too soon. Oliveira wins via Submission. Alex Oliveira Def. Carlo Pedersoli

Light Heavyweight: Thiago Santos (-150) Vs. Eryk Anders (+130)

Both of these fighters usually fight at Middleweight and both took this fight on short notice, hell, Anders took it on six days. For a fighter to take a main event, 25-minute fight across the world from his home is absolutely nuts. And I love it. This kid is just as game as he was when he was tearing apart the Texas Longhorn’s offensive line as a Crimson Tide Linebacker. However, Thiago Santos right now is easily Eryk Anders’ toughest test to date. Thiago Santos has gone 5-1 in his last 6 fights, with impressive victories over Anthony Smith, Jack Hermansson, Gerald Meerschaert, and Jack Marshman, However, he did suffer a terrible defeat against David Branch. I’m picking Santos to win, I believe it will go the distance and Anders will win at least one round, but Santos’ Pressure ultimately gets the job done. Thiago Santos Def. Eryk Anders

Other Selections”

Bantamweight: Andre Ewell (-115) Def. Renan Barao (-135)

Women’s Strawweight: Marina Rodriguez (-116) Def. Randa Markos (-104)

Lightweight: Charles Oliveira (-350) Def. Christos Giagos (UNL)

Lightweight: Evan Dunham (+215) Def. Francisco Trinaldo (-255)

Light Heavyweight: Ryan Spann (-187) Def. Luis Henrique (+162)

Heavyweight: Augusto Sakai (-250) Def. Chase Sherman (+210)

Welterweight: Sergio Moraes (-285) Def. Ben Saunders (+245)

Women’s Flyweight: Gillian Robertson (-125) Def. Mayra Bueno Silva (+105)

Middleweight: Thales Leites (+115) Def. Hector Lombard (-135)

Welterweight: Elizeu Zaleski (-500) Def. Luigi Vendramini (UNL)

Women’s Bantamweight: Livia Souza (-950) Def. Alex Chambers (+650)

PS: Thiago Santos looks Scary as Fuck

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