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Santos Enjoying Time At 205, Wants Manuwa Next

Light heavyweight may have just gained another dangerous member.

Thiago “Marreta” Santos has contested his entire UFC career at 185 pounds … right up until accepting a late replacement fight in Sao Paulo at 205 pounds. Initially against Jimi Manuwa, he ended up facing Eryk Anders … and defeating him in impressive fashion (watch it here). Now it sounds like he’s considering an extended stay at light heavyweight, and perhaps even making it his new home.

“I can make 185. That’s a fact,” Santos said at the post fight press conference (translated by MMA Fighting). “I’m coming off three fights at 185. The problem is the recovery. I don’t get back to 100 percent. So what’s important is my health. Regardless of fighting someone like Jon Jones’ size or Alexander Gustafsson. But if I’m healthy, it’s going to be a war for them.”

But first things first: Santos wants what he originally agreed to: a bout with British slugger Jimi Manuwa.

“I hope that he recovers well,” Santos said. “I hope to meet with him in December so we can fulfil the contract that we signed. I want to fight at 205 against a guy that’s bigger than me like Manuwa so I can feel the pressure from a heavier guy. To see if I get punched by that guy and I change my mind and go back to 185 or step up. So, we’ll see.”

Santos is just the latest fighter to make his mark at 205 after struggling to get noticed at 185. Anthony Smith exploded into the light heavyweight rankings after a single win over “Shogun” Rua and is now set to face #2 ranked Volkan Oezdemir at the end of October. If Santos gets his hands on Manuwa, he may find himself at the top of the light heavyweight division, which seems better than sitting outside of the top ten at middleweight.

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Thiago Santos Plans on Remaining at Light Heavyweight, Calls Out Jimi Manuwa

Thiago Santos has won his first ever fight at light heavyweight after moving up from 185 pounds to fill in for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 137 main event in Sao Paulo.
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Manuwa ‘Gutted’ Over UFC Sao Paulo Withdrawal

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was forced to rework its upcoming UFC Fight Night 137 main event, thanks to a hamstring injury suffered by former headliner Jimi Manuwa. Replacing “Poster Boy” in this Sat. night’s (Sept. 22, 2018) FOX Sports 1 extravaganza is light heavyweight slugger Eryk Anders.

More on how that came to be right here.

The decision to withdraw left Manuwa “gutted,” according to his latest Instagram post, but the British brawler promised to get back into the cage just as soon as his leg is all patched up and ready to go.

“They told me it will be a minimum of six weeks recovery time,” he said. “I’ll be working hard everyday to get back so I can continue to put on great fights for everyone to watch. I can’t wait to come back and put on a show for you all. Lions eat first.”

The promotion will be issuing refunds for all the fans who don’t want to stick around, which is understandable, since Glover Teixeira was also yanked from the Sao Paulo main event. Don’t be surprised to see Teixeira-Manuwa rebooked for later this year, or early 2019.

To see the rest of the UFC Fight Night 137 line up click here.

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Jimi Manuwa Injured, Out Of Cursed UFC Sao Paulo Main Event

With both original headliners out, Thiago Santos will now face Eryk Anders on September 22nd in Brazil.

UFC Fight Night 137 has seen a lot of changes over the months, but none quite as unfortunate as this latest switch up just a week before the event: headliner Jimi Manuwa is out of his fight with Thiago Santos for as of yet undisclosed reasons. According to MMA Junkie, Eryk Anders has been tapped as a late replacement.

Set to go down September 22nd from the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the card was originally headlined by Jimi Manuwa vs. Glover Teixeira. But because the MMA Gods enjoy our pain, Teixeira pulled out in August with an injury, replaced by Santos. And now the other half of the original matchup is out as well.

Other scratches for the card include Neil Magny, Elias Theodorou, Antonio Carlos Junior, Mark Godbeer, Tonya Evinger, and Ketlen Vieira.

Anders is currently 11-1 and coming off a third round headkick knockout of Tim Williams in August. This will actually be the second time he’s headlined in Brazil. He faced Lyoto Machida earlier this year, losing a controversial split decision that many felt should have gone his way. The possibility of more hometown cooking wasn’t enough to stop the former Alabama Crimson Tide player from jumping at the opportunity to step in, though.

Even with all the changes, UFC Sao Paulo is still looking pretty good. Here’s the lineup as it stands now, before weigh-in debacles inevitably kill another match or two.

FOX Sports 1 Main Card – 10:30 PM EST

  • Thiago Santos vs. Eryk Anders
  • Alex Oliveira vs. Carlo Pedersoli
  • Sam Alvey vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Renan Barao vs. Andre Ewell
  • Randa Markos vs. Marina Rodriguez

FOX Sports 2 Prelims – 8:00 PM EST

  • Christos Giagos vs. Charles Oliveira
  • Evan Dunham vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Luis Henrique vs. Ryan Spann
  • Augusto Sakai vs. Chase Sherman

UFC Fight Pass Prelims – 6:45 p.m. ET

  • Sergio Moraes vs. Ben Saunders
  • Marya Bueno Silva vs. Gillian Robertson
  • Thales Leites vs. Hector Lombard
  • Belal Muhammad vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
  • Alex Chambers vs. Livia Renata Souza

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Report: Eryk Anders To Replace Jimi Manuwa on Six Days’ Notice At UFC Sao Paulo

The oft-changed headliner of UFC Fight Night 137 just got changed one more time, less than a week out from the event.
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Report: Eryk Anders To Replace Jimi Manuwa on Six Days’ Notice At UFC Sao Paulo

The oft-changed headliner of UFC Fight Night 137 just got changed one more time, less than a week out from the event.
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Jimi Manuwa Injured, Out Of Cursed UFC Sao Paulo Main Event

With both original headliners out, Thiago Santos will now face Eryk Anders on September 22nd in Brazil.

UFC Fight Night 137 has seen a lot of changes over the months, but none quite as unfortunate as this latest switch up just a week before the event: headliner Jimi Manuwa is out of his fight with Thiago Santos for as of yet undisclosed reasons. According to MMA Junkie, Eryk Anders has been tapped as a late replacement.

Set to go down September 22nd from the Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the card was originally headlined by Jimi Manuwa vs. Glover Teixeira. But because the MMA Gods enjoy our pain, Teixeira pulled out in August with an injury, replaced by Santos. And now the other half of the original matchup is out as well.

Other scratches for the card include Neil Magny, Elias Theodorou, Antonio Carlos Junior, Mark Godbeer, Tonya Evinger, and Ketlen Vieira.

Anders is currently 11-1 and coming off a third round headkick knockout of Tim Williams in August. This will actually be the second time he’s headlined in Brazil. He faced Lyoto Machida earlier this year, losing a controversial split decision that many felt should have gone his way. The possibility of more hometown cooking wasn’t enough to stop the former Alabama Crimson Tide player from jumping at the opportunity to step in, though.

Even with all the changes, UFC Sao Paulo is still looking pretty good. Here’s the lineup as it stands now, before weigh-in debacles inevitably kill another match or two.

FOX Sports 1 Main Card – 10:30 PM EST

  • Thiago Santos vs. Eryk Anders
  • Alex Oliveira vs. Carlo Pedersoli
  • Sam Alvey vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Renan Barao vs. Andre Ewell
  • Randa Markos vs. Marina Rodriguez

FOX Sports 2 Prelims – 8:00 PM EST

  • Christos Giagos vs. Charles Oliveira
  • Evan Dunham vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Luis Henrique vs. Ryan Spann
  • Augusto Sakai vs. Chase Sherman

UFC Fight Pass Prelims – 6:45 p.m. ET

  • Sergio Moraes vs. Ben Saunders
  • Marya Bueno Silva vs. Gillian Robertson
  • Thales Leites vs. Hector Lombard
  • Belal Muhammad vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
  • Alex Chambers vs. Livia Renata Souza

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Report: Eryk Anders To Replace Jimi Manuwa on Six Days’ Notice At UFC Sao Paulo

The oft-changed headliner of UFC Fight Night 137 just got changed one more time, less than a week out from the event.
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Thiago Santos Admits Trash Talking Landed Him The Fight With Jimi Manuwa

Heavy-handed Brazilian middleweight Thiago Santos will make his fourth appearance this year when he takes on fellow knockout artist Jimi Manuwa at light heavyweight at UFC Fight Night 137 on Sept. 22. Santos replaced Manuwa’s original opponent, Glover Teixeira, who was forced to pull out of the bout due to injury.
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Thiago Santos Admits Trash Talking Landed Him The Fight With Jimi Manuwa

Heavy-handed Brazilian middleweight Thiago Santos will make his fourth appearance this year when he takes on fellow knockout artist Jimi Manuwa at light heavyweight at UFC Fight Night 137 on Sept. 22. Santos replaced Manuwa’s original opponent, Glover Teixeira, who was forced to pull out of the bout due to injury.
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