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UFC Sao Paulo Santos vs Anders Press Conference

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Tune in to MMAWeekly.com following UFC Fight Night 137: Santos vs. Anders for the post-fight press conference in  Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Several of the night’s key fighters will field questions from the media, and we’ll learn the performance bonus winners.

Francisco Trinaldo’s Vicious Knee Stops Evan Dunham (UFC Sao Paulo Highlights)



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Check out highlights from the lightweight bout between Francisco Trinaldo and Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night 137 on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

With the UFC’s Russian debut and its latest trip to Sao Paulo falling into the rearview mirror, the UFC 229 showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor looms large, as Oct. 6 draws near. The white-hot spotlight will now focus squarely on what is expected to be the biggest fight in UFC history.

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Augusto Sakai Batters Chase Sherman (UFC Sao Paulo Highlights)

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Check out highlights from the heavyweight bout between Augusto Sakai and Chase Sherman at UFC Fight Night 137 on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

With the UFC’s Russian debut and its latest trip to Sao Paulo falling into the rearview mirror, the UFC 229 showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor looms large, as Oct. 6 draws near. The white-hot spotlight will now focus squarely on what is expected to be the biggest fight in UFC history.

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Mayra Bueno Silva Taps Out Gillian Robertson in Octagon Debut (UFC Sao Paulo Highlights

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Check out highlights from the women’s flyweight bout between Mayra Bueno Silva and Gillian Robertson at UFC Fight Night 137 on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

With the UFC’s Russian debut and its latest trip to Sao Paulo falling into the rearview mirror, the UFC 229 showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor looms large, as Oct. 6 draws near. The white-hot spotlight will now focus squarely on what is expected to be the biggest fight in UFC history.

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Charles Oliveira Breaks All Time Submission Record, Takes Home $50,000 Bonus

Charles Oliveira passed mixed martial arts legend Royce Gracie for the most submissions in UFC history on Saturday night and he’s going home with a bonus as a reward.

Oliveira earned a second round rear naked choke to put away Christos Giagos in the featured prelim on Saturday night to surpass Gracie with 11 career submissions in the UFC.

Afterwards, Oliveira was handed a $50,000 bonus for ‘Performance of the Night’.

Meanwhile, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira returned from a long layoff to pick up an impressive second round knockout against Sam Alvey that also earned him a $50,000 bonus for ‘Performance of the Night’.

And finally the slugfest main event between Thiago Santos and Eryk Anders netted each of them $50,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’ honors.

Santos ultimately finished Anders by third round TKO but at least both fighters will go home with an extra paycheck after the knock down, drag out war on Saturday night

Thiago Santos Elbows His Way to a Third Round TKO Over Eryk Anders in Main Event

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Thiago Santos has a hammer tattooed on his chest for good reason considering the way he loves to pound out his opponents inside the Octagon.

In his first UFC main event on Saturday night, Santos lived up to that reputation as he rained down a brutal series of elbows to stop Eryk Anders in the third round in what turned out to be a back and forth war between two fighters who accepted this matchup on short notice.

As expected, Santos was very heavy-handed in the opening round as he came after Anders with almost every shot looking like he was gunning for the knockout. Anders did a good job staying out of the way from absorbing too much damage early while doing his best not to over pursue Santos and leave himself open for one of those hammer like strikes.

Anders was constantly cutting off the cage but he couldn’t find a home for most of his combinations with Santos loading up behind every punch or kick he was throwing.

Santos opted for a different strategy in the second frame as he put Anders on his back and began raining down some heavy ground and pound from the top.

The fight eventually worked its way back to the feet with Santos and Anders deciding to forgo game plan and just start dropping bombs on each other with each fighter stunning the other during the furious exchange.

The action did slow down a bit with less than two minutes remaining but Santos sped things back up again with a huge body shot that reverberated throughout the arena in Brazil.

Santos followed it up with a stinging punch that had Anders turning his back thanks to the damage he was taking but he somehow survived the onslaught and came back with takedown of his own before the round ended.

Anders decided to go for a ground attack in the third as he took Santos to the mat early but he wasn’t able to hold the Brazilian down for very long. Back on his feet, Santos started unleashing his best strikes while Anders was somehow still moving forward and firing back with his own counters.

Anders tried to revert to a ground attack again but this time Santos stuffed his takedown attempt by unloading a barrage of elbows to the side of his head. Anders continued to press forward but Santos was relentless with more of those same elbows as the round came to an end.

After Santos got up from the ground, Anders could barely get to his feet and he eventually collapsed back down to the canvas as referee Marc Goddard finally waved off the fight. Anders ended up laying flat on the mat for several moments as a result of the incredible punishment he endured at the end of the fight.

The official time for the TKO was 5:00 at the end of the third round.

Santos has teased a move to light heavyweight previously but planned on staying at middleweight a little longer until he was offered this main event opportunity.

Considering his performance on Saturday night, Santos may want to rethink returning to middleweight as he looked more than ready to jump into the deep end at 205 pounds following his knockout win in Brazil.

As for Anders, he accepted the fight on six days notice, moved up a weight class and still went three hard rounds with an absolute killer in Santos so while he will go home with a loss on his record, it’s safe to say his stock has raised after a seriously gutsy performance.

 

Alex Oliveira Makes Quick Work of Carlo Pedersoli in UFC Sao Paulo Co-Main Event

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Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira was scheduled to faces No. 8 ranked Neil Magny in the UFC Fight Night 137 co-main event on Saturday, but Magny was pulled from the bout by the fight promotion to face Santiago Ponzinibbio in November.  Instead, Oliveira faced Carlo Pedersoli and made quick work of the Italian.

Oliveira entered the bout ranked No. 14 in the welterweight division and made the most of the situation. A win over Magny would have moved in up the rankings, but he stood little to gain by facing Pedersoli. The best Oliveira could do was look impressive and he did that. It took the Brazilian 39 seconds to put Pedersoli away.Alex Oliveira

Oliveira landed first with a jab to start the fight and Pedersoli answered with a leg kick. Oliveira stepped in with a kick to the body. Pedersoli responded by throwing a side kick to the body. Oliveira caught it and fired back with a short right hand that landed on Pedersoli’s temple. A second right hand put Pedersoli on the canvas. Oliveira followed him to the ground. He trapped one of Pedersoli’s arms and delivered right hands until the referee stepped in.

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“My coach said, ‘let your hands go. You’ve got really heavy hands. He’s not going to be able to take it,’ and you can’t really measure strength with me,” said Oliveira after his 12th knockout career finish.

Oliveira left the Octagon unscathed. He didn’t call out any specific opponent for his next outing, but would like to face a ranked opponent.

“I’m ready for whatever comes, whoever they throw at me,” he said. “I was going to fight a ranked guy. Whoever they put before me, I’m ready.”

The loss snapped an eight-fight winning streak for Pedersoli. It was the 25-year old’s second Octagon appearance.

UFC Sao Paulo Post-Fight Press Conference Live Stream

Be sure not to miss the UFC Sao Paulo post-fight press conference once the event concludes. Tonight (Sept. 22), Thiago Santos will go one-on-one with Eryk Anders in a light heavyweight battle. Plus, the co-main event will feature welterweight action as Alex Oliveira shares the Octagon with Carlo Pedersoli. The fighters from both the main […]

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