The main event of the evening sees no.6 ranked light heavyweight Jan Blachowicz looking to spoil middleweight Jacare Souza’s debut in the weight class. Souza, who has 18 first round finishes, has a big task ahead of him in the shape of Blachowicz, who is looking close to earning himself a title shot.
Blachowicz has won 24 of his career fights, with 15 of those victories coming via knockout and submission. With his experience firmly in the light-heavyweight division, Blachowicz is in optimal position to utilise that experience against the former middleweight, Souza. However, “Jacare” will be looking to use his underdog label in his favour.
Born and raised in Airdrie, Scotland, PE teacher turned UFC® fighter Paul Craig will be aiming for victory against no. 14 ranked contender, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. This will be no walk in the park for Craig, who must neutralise Rua’s lethal Jiu-Jitsu fighting style, as well as the support of the native Brazilian fans.
Rua, who has 21 career wins by KO faces “Bearjew” looking to collect the biggest scalp of his career to date. Regardless of the result, this is shaping up to be a significant occasion, with Craig having never gone the distance in his 16 career fights.
In the prelims, the “Queen of Violence” Ariane Lipski takes on Veronica Macedo. The bout will mark Macedo’s third fight of 2019 and represent a chance for her first UFC win streak. Home advantage will undoubtedly assist Lipski, with Brazilian locals backing the “Queen of Violence” towards her first UFC win.
This shapes up to be an exciting all-South American bout against Venezuelan born Macedo, who will be looking to silence the home crowd. The 24-year-old will look to utilize her southpaw stance and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu background against orthodox Lipski to continue her momentum ahead of 2020.
Jan Blachowicz vs. Ronald “Jacare” Souza
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Paul “Bearjew” Craig
Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira vs. Jared “Flash” Gordon
Antonio Arroyo vs. Andre “Sergipano” Muniz
Markus “Maluko” Perez vs. Wellington “The Prodigy” Turman
Sergio “The Panther” Morales vs. James “The James Kraus” Kraus
Ricardo Ramos vs. Eduardo Garagorri
Francisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo vs. Bobby “King” Green
Warlley Alvez vs. Randy “Rudeboy” Brown
Douglas “D Silva” Silva De Andrade vs. Renan “The Baron” Barao
Ariane “Queen of Violence” Lipski vs. Veronica Macedo
Vanessa Melo vs. Tracy Cortez