The UFC returned to São Paulo, Brazil with UFC on ESPN+ 22 this Saturday night. The event took place at Ginásio do Ibirapuera and was headlined by a middleweight bout between Jan Błachowicz and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua mets Paul Craig in the night’s co-main event spot.
Bantamweights Tracy Cortez and Vanessa Melo both came in half-a-pound over the limit (including one-pound allowance) yesterday, while late-notice replacement Isabella de Padua came in 4.5 pounds over the flyweight limit. CABMMA (Brazil’s athletic commission) executive director Cristiano Sampaio announced in a statement that Cortez and Melo did not miss weight and that the error was due to an issue with the scale used by the commission at the weigh-ins.
De Padua is stepping in for Veronica Macedo, who was pulled from Saturday’s card due to severe headaches. The 28-year-old Brazilian is competing in the UFC for the first time.
The event kicks off with seven preliminary-card bouts streaming live on ESPN+ at 5 p.m. ET. The main card follows at 8 p.m. ET, also on ESPN+.
James Krause headlines the preliminary portion of the card, taking on Sergio Moraes at welterweight. Get a free 7-day trial here to watch the fights.
Main card (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
Jan Blachowicz defeated Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Paul Craig declared a split draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)
Charles Oliveira defeated Jared Gordon by knockout (punches) at 1:26, R1
Andre Muniz defeated Antonio Arroyo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Wellington Turman defeated Markus Perez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)
James Krause defeated Sergio Moraes by knockout (punch) at 4:19, R3
Ricardo Ramos defeated Luiz Eduardo Garagorri by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:57, R1
Francisco Trinaldo defeated Bobby Green by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Randy Brown defeated Warlley Alves by submission (triangle choke) at 1:22, R2
Douglas Silva defeated Andrade def. Renan Barao by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Ariane Lipski defeated Isabela de Padua by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)
Tracy Cortez defeated Vanessa Melo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)