It’s a middleweight fight between Brazilians, and both fighters look for redemption inside the Octagon.
Coming off a tough loss to Yoel Romero at the UFC Fight for the Troops 3 card in November, Ronny Markes returns to the UFC against fellow Brazilian Thiago Santos at the yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night card in Natal, Brazil, on March 23.
Sources close to the situation confirmed the match-up to MMAFighting.com. MMA Space first reported the news.
Markes (14-2), a former Shooto South American champion, enters a fight coming off a loss for the first time since 2010.The Kimura Nova Uniao fighter, who had his seven-fight win streak stopped against Romero, looks to add the fourth win to his UFC record.
Santos (8-2) gets another shot inside the cage after taking a fight with Cezar Ferreira on short notice at UFC 163. "Marreta", a TUF: Brazil 2 alum who lost to Ferreira in 47 seconds last August in Rio de Janeiro, has earned five of his eight professional victories with stoppages.