UFC Sao Paulo Live Results
One fighter looks to lock his place among the upper echelon of the UFC’s light heavyweight contenders and potentially score a future title shot, while another looks to make a statement in his 205-pound debut at UFC Sao Paulo.
In the headline bout of the event at the Ginasio de Ibirapuera, Jan Blacohwicz welcomes Brazil’s own Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza to the division.
Blachowicz enters this fight coming off a highlight-reel knockout of another former middleweight standout, former champ Luke Rockhold, at UFC 239. Blachowicz has won five of his last six bouts, which also includes victories over Jared Cannonier and Jimi Manuwa.
Souza was at one point one of the more dominant middleweights in the sport, having held the Strikeforce middleweight title between August 2010 and September 2011, but his time in the UFC has seen him as more a gatekeeper for the division. Souza had hoped a win over Chris Weidman at UFC 230 would spark a title shot, but those hopes were dashed in his last fight, when he dropped a decision to Jack Hermansson at UFC Fort Lauderdale.
He now moves up to 205 for a potentially quicker path to a title shot in the later stages of his career.
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UFC Sao Paulo main card (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
Jan Blachowicz def. Ronaldo Souza via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
Mauricio Rua vs. Paul Craig goes to a split draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
Charles Oliveira def. Jared Gordon via KO (Rd. 1, 1:26)
Andre Muniz def. Antonio Arroyo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Wellington Turman def. Markus Perez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC Sao Paulo preliminary card (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)
James Krause def. Sergio Moraes via KO (Rd. 3, 4:19)
Ricardo Ramos def. Luiz Eduardo Garagorri via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 3:57)
Francisco Trinaldo def. Bobby Green via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Randy Brown def. Warlley Alves via submission (triangle choke) (Rd. 2, 1:22)
Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Renan Barao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Ariane Lipski def. Isabela de Padua via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Tracy Cortez def. Vanessa Melo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)