Watch the free stream of Aspera FC 57 from Ginásio Capoeirão, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, Tuesday, September 12 at 4 p.m. EST.
Fight card: (This event is NOT LIVE but Delayed)
Edimilson Souza vs. Ricardo Sassemann
Alex da Silva vs. Fernando Colman
Julio Cesar Neves vs. Roger Sampaio
Alexandre Cidade vs. Joel dos Santos
Marcelo Dias vs. Everton Monteiro
Silvania Monteiro vs. Mayara Thays
Giacomo Lemos vs. Bruno Chaves
Willian Lima vs. Felipe Flores
Jean Silva vs. Marcelo Piazza
According to an earlier report from Combat Press, a spotlight fight on the card is Julio Cesar Neves (33-1) vs. Roger Sampaio (5-0).
The report reads, “A record of 33-1 can certainly turn heads. It’s enough to bring our attention to the 57th effort from Aspera Fighting Championship. The impressive mark belongs to Julio Cesar Neves, a featherweight fighter whose only big-league exposure came during a three-fight stint with Bellator MMA. Neves returns to action this weekend in an effort to hand out the first loss in the young career of his opponent, Roger Sampaio.
“Neves has done all of his extensive damage since turning pro in 2011. He often fought more than once in a single month between 2011 and 2013 before finally slowing his pace in 2014. He hasn’t fought more than twice in any given year since then. Even more surprising, “Morceguinho” is still just 23 years old. The young fighter made it to 30-0 before suffering his first and only pro loss. His amazing streak included technical knockouts of Josh Arocho and Poppies Martinez under the Bellator banner. The Astra Fight Team product’s streak was finally brought to a halt by the late Jordan Parsons, who submitted his Brazilian counterpart in round three of their Bellator 137 battle. Neves returned to Brazil after the defeat and has since rebounded with three wins, including one submission finish. Overall, the up-and-comer has tallied 19 wins by some form of knockout, nine submission finishes and five decision nods. His three most recent opponents held a combined 30-10-1 mark, so Neves is not padding his record with scrubs.
“Sampaio, 24, is older than Neves, but far less experienced on the professional stage. The Boxer MMA export debuted in 2014 and quickly finished his first five foes. Sampaio has a strong submission game that has led to three finishes, but his striking arsenal has also accounted for two stoppage victories. While he is inexperienced and lacks appearances outside of the smaller Brazilian regionals, Sampaio does look like he has the well-rounded game to advance far in the sport with the proper training.”