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Eryk Anders replaces injured Jimi Manuwa, faces Thiago Santos in new UFC Sao Paulo main event

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Eryk Anders returns to Brazil against Thiago Santos.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC Sao Paulo has a new main event. Again.

After going from Glover Teixeira vs. Jimi Manuwa to Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos, Saturday’s Fight Night card in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will be headlined by Santos vs. Eryk Anders at light heavyweight, sources told MMA Fighting after a report by MMAjunkie.

The UFC card takes place at the Ibirapuera gymnasium on Sept. 22 and airs live on FOX Sports 1.

Anders (11-1) steps in only three weeks after a devastating knockout win over Tim Williams in August, bouncing back from his only MMA loss to Lyoto Machida in February, a close five-round decision in Belem, Brazil.

Santos (18-6) defeated Kevin Holland via decision at UFC 227 in August, returning to the winning column after a TKO loss to David Branch snapped his four-fight finishing streak. “Marreta” is 9-3 with seven knockout wins in the UFC since 2015.

Now headlined by Santos vs. Anders, the Fight Night Sao Paulo event has been hit by several changes over the past few weeks, losing match-ups like Neil Magny vs. Alex Oliveira, Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Elias Theodorou and Ketlen Vieira vs. Tonya Evinger.

The updated card can be seen below.

Thiago Santos vs. Eryk Anders
Alex Oliveira vs. Carlo Pedersoli
Sam Alvey vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Renan Barao vs. Andre Ewell
Randa Markos vs. Marina Rodriguez
Christos Giagos vs. Charles Oliveira
Evan Dunham vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Luis Henrique vs. Ryan Spann
Chase Sherman vs. Augusto Sakai
Sergio Moraes vs. Ben Saunders
Gillian Robertson vs. Marya Bueno Silva
Hector Lombard vs. Thales Leites
Elizeu Zaleski vs. Luigi Vendramini
Alex Chambers vs. Livia Renata Souza