UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders

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UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders
UFC Fight Night Santos vs. Anders Poster.jpg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateSeptember 22, 2018 (2018-09-22)
VenueGinásio do Ibirapuera
CitySão Paulo, Brazil
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Oliynyk UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor

UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders (also known as UFC Fight Night 137) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on September 22, 2018 at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil.[2]


A light heavyweight bout between former UFC Light Heavyweight Championship challenger Glover Teixeira and Jimi Manuwa was expected to serve as the event headliner.[3] However, Teixeira pulled out on August 14 due to a shoulder injury.[4] He was replaced by Thiago Santos.[5] In turn, Manuwa pulled out on September 16 due to a torn hamstring and was replaced by Eryk Anders.[6][7]

Mark Godbeer was briefly scheduled to face Luis Henrique at the event. However, Godbeer pulled out of the fight in early August citing injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Ryan Spann.[8]

Neil Magny was scheduled to face Alex Oliveira at the event. However Magny was removed from the pairing on August 22 in favor of a matchup with Santiago Ponzinibbio in November at UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio.[9][10] He was replaced by Carlo Pedersoli Jr.[11]

Ketlen Vieira was expected to face former Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion and UFC Women's Featherweight Championship challenger Tonya Evinger at the event. However on August 7, Vieira pulled out due to a knee injury.[12] Evinger was removed from the card and then rescheduled for a future event against a different opponent.[13]

The Ultimate Fighter: Nations middleweight winner Elias Theodorou was expected to face The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 heavyweight winner Antônio Carlos Júnior at the event. However, Júnior pulled out on August 28 due to injury.[14] The pairing was left intact and rescheduled for UFC 231.[15]

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos was expected to face Belal Muhammad at the event. However on September 14, it was announced that Muhammad pulled out due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Luigi Vendramini.[16]

At the weigh-ins, former UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barão weighed in at 141.6 pounds, 5 pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit of 136. Barão was fined 30 percent of his purse, which went to his opponent Andre Ewell.[17]


Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Thiago Santos def. Eryk Anders TKO (referee stoppage) 3 5:00
Welterweight Alex Oliveira def. Carlo Pedersoli Jr. TKO (punches) 1 0:39
Light Heavyweight Antônio Rogério Nogueira def. Sam Alvey TKO (punches) 2 1:00
Catchweight (141.6 lb) Andre Ewell def. Renan Barão Decision (split) (29–28, 29–28, 28–29) 3 5:00
Women's Strawweight Randa Markos vs. Marina Rodriguez Draw (majority) (29–28, 28–28, 28–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 2)
Lightweight Charles Oliveira def. Christos Giagos Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 3:22
Lightweight Francisco Trinaldo def. Evan Dunham TKO (knee to the body) 2 4:10
Light Heavyweight Ryan Spann def. Luis Henrique Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Augusto Sakai def. Chase Sherman TKO (punches) 3 4:03
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Welterweight Sérgio Moraes def. Ben Saunders Submission (arm-triangle choke) 2 4:42
Women's Flyweight Mayra Bueno Silva def. Gillian Robertson Submission (armbar) 1 4:55
Middleweight Thales Leites def. Hector Lombard Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Luigi Vendramini KO (flying knee and punches) 2 1:20
Women's Strawweight Lívia Renata Souza def. Alex Chambers Submission (guillotine choke) 1 1:21


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses:[19]

  • Fight of the Night: Thiago Santos vs. Eryk Anders
  • Performance of the Night: Antônio Rogério Nogueira and Charles Oliveira

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (2018-09-23). "UFC Fight Night 137 draws announced 9,485 fans in Sao Paulo". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  2. ^ João Baptista (2018-05-08). "UFC to return to Sao Paulo for Fight Night card on Sept. 22". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  3. ^ Staff (2018-08-03). "Glover Teixeira vs. Jimi Manuwa set to headline UFC Fight Night 137 in Sao Paulo". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  4. ^ Staff (2018-08-14). "Injury knocks Glover Teixeira from UFC Fight Night 137 main event vs. Jimi Manuwa". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  5. ^ Clyde Aidoo (2018-08-21). "Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos official for São Paulo". mmanews.com. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  6. ^ Mookie Alexander (2018-09-16). "Jimi Manuwa injured, Eryk Anders now fights Thiago Santos in UFC Sao Paulo main event". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  7. ^ John Balfe (2018-09-17). "Jimi Manuwa injured, Eryk Anders steps in to face Thiago Santos in UFC Sao Paulo headliner". themaclife.com. Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  8. ^ Camilo Pinheiro Machado, Evelyn Rodrigues and Marcelo Barone (2018-08-03). "Mark Godbeer suffers injury, and KLB faces Ryan Spann at UFC Sao Paulo" (in Portuguese). sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  9. ^ Marcelo Barone and Raphael Marinho (2018-08-22). "Neil Magny leaves fight in SP to face Ponzinibbio in UFC Argentina" (in Portuguese). sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  10. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2018-08-23). "Neil Magny vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio headlines UFC Buenos Aires in November". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  11. ^ Tudor Leonte (2018-08-23). "Carlo Pedersoli Jr. steps in for Neil Magny, faces Alex Olivieira at UFC São Paulo". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  12. ^ Marc Raimondi (2018-08-27). "Ketlen Vieira out of UFC Sao Paulo fight with Tonya Evinger, will require surgery". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  13. ^ Staff (2018-08-29). "Tonya Evinger moves to UFC 229, will face undefeated Aspen Ladd". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  14. ^ Marc Raimondi (2018-08-27). "Antonio Carlos Junior out of UFC Sao Paulo fight against Elias Theodorou". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  15. ^ Gabriel Camargo (2018-08-28). "Cara de Sapato gets hurt and fights with Elias Theodorou is delayed for UFC 231" (in Portuguese). mmabrasil.com.br. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  16. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2018-09-14). "Undefeated newcomer Luigi Vendramini replaces Belal Muhammad at UFC Sao Paulo". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  17. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2018-09-21). "Renan Barao misses weight by more than five pounds for UFC Sao Paulo". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  18. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Anders". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  19. ^ Dave Doyle (2018-09-23). "UFC Sao Paulo bonuses: Thiago Santos vs. Eryk Anders earns Fight of the Night". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2018-09-24.