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Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos targeted for new UFC Sao Paulo main event

Thiago Santos will replace Glover Teixeira at UFC Sao Paulo.
Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

Jimi Manuwa has a new opponent for UFC Sao Paulo.

“Poster Boy” was originally slated to meet Glover Teixeira in a five-round main event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Sept. 22, but agreed to face Brazilian middleweight Thiago Santos in a light heavyweight bout, multiple sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by ESPN.

“Marreta” teased earlier this week that Manuwa had turned down a fight with him in Sao Paulo, and Manuwa posted some interesting tweets on Friday morning.

Manuwa (17-4) looks to get back on track after losses to Jan Blachowicz and Volkan Oezdemir, while Santos (18-6) makes his 205-pound debut in the Octagon seven weeks after a UFC 227 victory over Kevin Holland.

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