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Andre Muniz steps in to fight Antonio Arroyo at UFC Sao Paulo

Dana White’s Contender Series - Johnson v Muniz
Andre Muniz (center) is a teammate of UFC lightweight contender Thiago Santos.
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Antonio Arroyo has a new opponent for UFC Sao Paulo. Again.

The Brazilian middleweight will now face fellow two-time Contender Series winner Andre Muniz at the Ibirapuera gymnasium on Nov. 16, the company announced.

Arroyo was originally scheduled to face Kevin Holland in Brazil, but “Trail Blazer” was moved to a different card. Arroyo has been posted on social media that he was going to meet Alessio Di Chirico instead, but the UFC announced on Thursday that his opponent is Muniz.

Muniz (18-4) competed twice in the Contender Series show, defeating Bruno Assis via decision in Aug. 2018 and then submitted Taylor Johnson a year later. “Sergipano”, who holds a win over former PRIDE star and WEC champion Paulo Filho, won 12 of his last 13 fights.

Arroyo (9-2) also entered the Octagon twice at the Contender Series to convince UFC president Dana White to give him a contract. In his first appearance, Arroyo beat Diego Henrique via decision. Eleven months later, he tapped Stephen Regman with an arm-triangle choke.

UFC Sao Paulo airs live on ESPN+ and features Ronaldo Souza’s light heavyweight debut against Jan Blachowicz in the main event. Check the 12-bout line-up below.

Jan Blachowicz vs. Ronaldo Souza
Mauricio Rua vs. Sam Alvey
Charles Oliveira vs. Jared Gordon
Antonio Arroyo vs. Andre Muniz
Markus Perez vs. Wellington Turman
Sergio Moraes vs. James Krause
Ricardo Ramos vs. Luiz Eduardo Garagorri
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Bobby Green
Warlley Alves vs. Randy Brown
Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Renan Barao
Ariane Lipski vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Duda Santana vs. Tracy Cortez