Manuwa vs. Santos Targeted for UFC Sao Paulo

While the bout is not official yet, multiple sources state that Thiago Santos has verbally agreed on short notice to compete in the main event of UFC Sao Paulo against Jimi Manuwa. The initial report comes from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

Manuwa was scheduled to face Glover Teixeira, but Teixeira was forced out of the bout a few days ago due to a shoulder injury that will require surgery.

Earlier this week, Santos posted a tweet, claiming that Manuwa turned down a fight against him initially. That prompted Manuwa to respond and a minor war of words on the social media platform.

This will be a quick turnaround for Santos, who competed and won the opening bout of the pay-per-view portion of UFC 227, defeating Kevin Holland via unanimous decision.

Manuwa will look to bounce back from a two-fight losing skid, suffering defeats at the hands of Jan Błachowicz at a Fight Night event back in March, as well as Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 214 in July 2017.

UFC Sao Paulo takes place on Sept. 22 from Ginásio do Ibirapuera.

Original Story: MMA Fighting

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