LAS VEGAS – Two former UFC title challengers will bolster their affairs to bolster their championship effort as light heavyweight Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira collide at UFC Fight Night on Saturday.
Santos (21-7) would be making his first appearance as he came up short in his title fight at UFC 239 in July 2019, separated from John Jones in the title fight. Santos placed ACL, MCL, PCL and Menus to his left. Knee during loss. He was sidelined for the past 16 months due to injuries and delays caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.
“Physically, I’m already feeling 100 percent,” Santos said. “I’ve done everything in training: sparring, hard kicking, knees … everything normal. But I’m not fighting for a long time, I don’t know what my head, my adrenaline will be like.
“But I feel like it’s going to be alright. I’ll be very happy, do what I love and everything will be alright.”
Teixeira (31-7) is enjoying something of a career renaissance at the age of 41, as he is riding a four-fight streak. A title bid against Jones in 2014 also saw a sharp drop, but she is unexpectedly making a second run at the UAE Championship.
The winner was expected to be the next challenger for recently-elected champion Jan Blakovich, but UFC president Dana White said middleweight winner Israel Adesanya would advance a weight class to challenge for his second title.
In the co-main event, former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will meet 2020 standout Tanner Boser, who is 2–0 with two knockouts so far this year.
The battle continues:
Heavyweight: Marcos Rogerio de Lima (17-1-1, 6-4 UFC, +320) vs. Alexander Romanov (12-0, 1-0 UFC, -400)
Men’s Featherweight: Darren Elkins (26-9, 15-8 UFC) defeated Eduardo Gargorri (13-2, 1-2 UFC) by third-round rear-naked choke
Welterweight: Max Griffin (16-8, 4-6 UFC) defeated Ramiz Brahimaz (8-3, 0-1 UFC) by third-round TKO
Griffin and Brahmaraj, trading against Cage in the opening round of Round 3, each blood-soaked and causing more damage to each, when referee Mark Smith suddenly jumped to end it. Why? A Griffin elbow had come near Brahmaraj’s left ear and nearly tore his head, leaving the ear hanging.
The result was TKO at 2:03 of Round 3. It was Griffin’s eighth career victory of his career, but it was his first film since 2016.
That ear og # UFCVegas13
– Kaitlyn Chuckagian (@blondefighter) November 8, 2020
“I think his ear fell out of his head,” Griffin said. “I’m sorry for that. It was bad.”
The 34-year-old Griffin, who lives outside Sacramento, California, broke a two-loss streak. He did so with unbelievable footwork and a crisp jab that kept Brahimaz at a distance for the fight – which kept the fight standing where Griffin had the edge. He outscored his opponent 82–46.
Brahm Singh, who is 27 years old and making his UFC debut after being canceled twice by trains as part of Fortis MMA in Dallas. He was competing for the first time since March 2019. But while he has fought, he has done his best work on canvas. All eight of his supporters have won. But this time thanks to Griffin’s remote management, Brahimraj did not make a single effort.
Men’s Bantamweight: Gustavo Lopez (16-6, 1-1) defeated Anthony Birchak (15-7, 0-1 UFC) by first-round rear-naked choke
In a battle of friends and former training partners, Lopez got a quick result.
It was a fast-paced sprint, as Lopez was able to land hard on the feet, then get things on the ground and finish Birchak by a rear-naked choke at 2:43 of the first round. Lopez and Birchak have trained together in Las Vegas and have both represented the 10th planet Jiu Jitsu in years. Birchank was coming on less than a week’s notice.
Lopez showed a lot in her debut and never surrendered that I now know they are friends
– Belal Muhammad (@ bullyb170) November 8, 2020
Birchak missed quickly on a flying knee, which Lopez counted well with a left hook. Lopez followed with a stiff right hand that dropped Birchak. While Birnchak was able to regain his legs, Lopez soon dropped him down again, took to his back and kicked him out.
The 31-year-old Lopez won his first UFC win. The Washington State native has won four of his last five. Birchak, 34, was on a two-fight winning streak. It was the return of the Arizona native to the UFC after its release in 2016.
“My striking has improved a lot,” Lopez said. “I’m a grapefruit. I know Birchock comes from the 10th Planet with a black belt, but I know the good of my grappling. I hurt him well, broke him, looked at the neck and back. -Backed back into the bare choke.
“I don’t fight people on the basis of anger. I do this because I think I love what I’m doing. I’m here because I want to be the best. I find myself here in Extreme Couture I surround myself with amazing people. Just because I know. You don’t mean I’m going to pull those punches. I’m going to hit you hard. “
Watch this fight on ESPN +.
still to come:
Light heavyweight: Thiago Santos (21-7, 13-6 UFC, -240) vs. Glover Teixeira (31-7, 14-5 UFC, +200)
Heavyweight: Andrei Arlovski (29–19 1 NC, 18–14 1 NC UFC, +250) vs. Tanner Boser (19–6–1, 3–1 UFC, –300)
Men’s Bantamweight: Ronnie Barcello (15-1, 4-0 UFC, -360) vs. Khalid Taha (13-2 1 NC, 1-1 1 NC UFC, +300)
Men’s featherweight: Giga Chikadze (11-2, 4-0 UFC, -700) vs. Jamie Simmons (7-2, 0-0 UFC, +500)
Strawweight: Claudia Gadelha 18-4, 7-4 UFC, +140) vs. Yan Shiaonan (12-1, 5-0 UFC, -160)
Middleweight: Trevin Giles (12-2, 3-2 UFC, -105) vs. Bevan Lewis (7-2, 1-2 UFC, -115)