On Saturday, the UFC go back to Brazil for UFC Fight Night 137. The event will occur in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium, where a pair of middleweights make the go up to 205 pounds and square off at light heavyweight. With Glover Teixeira and Jimi Manuwa both scratched from the card with injuries, Eryk Anders steps in with less than a week’s notice to deal with Thiago Santos.
The previous University of Alabama linebacker Anders go back to action less than a month after a vicious third-round knockout of Tim Williams. Santos, who hung out as a paratrooper in the Brazilian army, combated simply 3 weeks prior, grinding out a victory over Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series possibility Kevin Holland. With Teixeira’s replacement by another Brazilian in Santos, we’re guaranteed the Brazilian crowd is raucous through the entire fight card.
The main card likewise consists of a set of legendary Brazilian fighters looking to rebound off hard losses. Renan Barão, who lost a consentaneous choice to Brian Kelleher in February, handles Andre Ewell. On The Other Hand, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira returns following a near two-year layoff from his TKO loss to current Bellator light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader. The layoff was triggered by injury and a favorable test for a prohibited compound under the UFC’s USADA testing program. Nogueira clashes with Sam Alvey.
The fight card begins with the early prelims on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the televised prelims on Fox Sports 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET. From there, it’s off to Fox Sports 1 for the primary card at 10:30 p.m. ET.
The fighters hit the scales on Friday, Sept. 21.
Thiago “Marreta” Santos (203.7) vs. Eryk Anders (205.6)
Alex Oliveira (171) vs. Carlo Pedersoli (170.3)
Sam Alvey (205.6) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205.3)
Renan Barao (141.75)* vs. Andre Ewell (135)
Randa Markos (115.7) vs. Marina Rodriguez (115.4)