The UFC returns to São Paulo, Brazil with UFC on ESPN+ 22 this Saturday night. The event takes place at Ginásio do Ibirapuera and is headlined by a middleweight bout between Jan Błachowicz and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua meets 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), while late-notice replacement Isabella de Padua came in 4.5 pounds over the flyweight limit. The fight will now be contested at a catchweight of 136.5 pounds. UPDATE ON UFC WEIGH-INS: CABMMA (Brazil’s athletic commission) executive director Cristiano Sampaio announced in a statement that Tracy Cortez and Vanessa 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.
The UFC Sao Paulo ceremonial weigh-ins will be at 4 p.m. ET. You can watch that stream in the video above.
Main card (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)
Jan Blachowicz (205) vs. Ronaldo Souza (205)
Mauricio Rua (206) vs. Paul Craig (205)
Charles Oliveira (155) vs. Jared Gordon (156)
Antonio Arroyo (185) vs. Andre Muniz (186)
Markus Perez (186) vs. Wellington Turman (186)
Preliminary Card (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)
James Krause (170.5) vs. Sergio Moraes (171)
Ricardo Ramos (146) vs. Luiz Eduardo Garagorri (145.5)
Francisco Trinaldo (155) vs. Bobby Green (156)
Warlley Alves (171) vs. Randy Brown (171)
Douglas Silva de Andrade (145.5) vs. Renan Barao (146)
Ariane Lipski (125.5) vs. Isabella de Padua (130.5)**
Vanessa Melo (136.5)* vs. Tracy Cortez (136.5)*
*Vanessa Melo and Tracy Cortez both inially missed weight for their scheduled bantamweight bout. As a result, the bout will proceed at a 136.5-pound catchweight and neither fighter will be penalized
UPDATE: CABMMA (Brazil’s athletic commission) executive director Cristiano Sampaio announced in a statement that Tracy Cortez and Vanessa 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.
**Isabella de Padua missed the flyweight limit by 4.5 pounds. She is stepping in on less than 48 hours’ notice for Veronica Macedo.
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