This Saturday (11/3), there will be no shortage of Brazilians in important fights at UFC Fight Night: Santos x Ankalev, which will take place in Las Vegas in the United States.
In the main battle of the night, thiago marretta In light heavyweight (up to 93 kg) faces Russian Magomed Ankalev. Brazil were coming off three consecutive defeats, but recovered from a split decision defeating fellow countryman Johnnie Walker in the final fight.
Thiago’s rival is having a good time in the organization. After winning six previous fights, the fighter who hasn’t lost since 2018 said during a press conference on Thursday that he would have a “violent victory” this Saturday.
Many athletes have been expressing solidarity with the people of Ukraine amid sanctions imposed on Russia due to Ukraine’s invasion. Thiago, in turn, is a reserve paratrooper in the Brazilian army, depending on how the Brazilians react to conflicts between Eastern European countries.
The fight, which preceded the duel between Marreta and Ankalev, would also feature a Brazilian in the main co-event. Marlon Moraes will face Chinese Song Yadong for bantamweight. The pressure comes on Moraes to fight, as he has lost his last three matches. The Chinese rival, on the other hand, won the last two matches in the UFC.
Another match that draws attention is the confrontation between the Brazilians. Alex “Poton” Pereira and Bruno Silva open the main card of the night. Athletes measure forces by middleweight category (up to 84 kg).
UFC Fight Night: Santos vs Anklaev
Saturday (12/3), main card from 9 pm
Broadcast: Canal Combat