Thiago Santos could step in to save the UFC Sao Paulo main event.

Originally, Glover Teixeira vs. Jimi Manuwa was scheduled to headline the September 22nd card. Unfortunately, Teixeira was forced off of the card due to an injury.

Now the UFC is scrambling to find a replacement opponent for Manuwa. It appears as though they may have found one. ESPN initially reported Santos is being targeted as Teixeira’s replacement, a report later confirmed by MMA Fighting.

Initially, Santos claimed on Twitter that Manuwa turned down a fight with him. Manuwa responded today and suggested the fight is now official:

Manuwa is coming off of back-to-back losses to Jan Blachowicz and Volkan Oezdemir. Prior to those defeats, he was on a two-fight win streak where he knocked out both of those opponents.

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Santos’ last outing resulted in a victory over Kevin Holland at UFC 227. Prior to that, he suffered a first-round knockout loss to David Branch that ended a four-fight win streak.

Check out the UFC Sao Paulo card so far right here:

  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos
  • Ketlen Vieira vs. Tonya Evinger
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Sam Alvey
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Renan Barao vs. Andre Ewell
  • Alex Oliveira vs. Neil Magny
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Ben Saunders
  • Thales Leites vs. Hector Lombard
  • Francisco Trinaldo vs. Evan Dunham
  • Elizeu Zaleski vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Livia Renata Souza vs. Alex Chambers
  • Luiz Henrique vs. Ryan Spann
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