September 22, 2018 at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil. UFC Fight Night 137 takes place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the main event, Eryk Anders stepped up on late notice to fight against fellow substitute Thiago Santos after both Glover Texieria and Jimi Manuwa were both forced to withdraw due to injuries. Follow the results live below.
(Winners in bold)
Thiago Santos vs. Eryk Anders –
via TKO (elbows and punches), Round 3 (5:00)
In the main event of the night, Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos showed devastating power in a dominant TKO victory over Eryk ‘Ya Boi’ Anders. Whilst Anders can hold his head high for taking the fight 3 rounds, he never really had Santos in any trouble, instead being rocked himself on more than one occasion however showed great durability to keep coming back swinging. Towards the end of the 3rd, Anders went low for the takedown and Santos, with his back against the cage, rained down heavy elbows and punches. The round ended with Anders on his front, twice trying to stand up but worryingly collapsing both times which was enough for referee Marc Goddard to wave the fight off and award Santos a hugely impressive win.
Alex Oliveira vs. Carlo Pedersoli Jr. –
via KO (punches), Round 1 (0:39)
Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira claimed a stunning early KO win in the penultimate fight of the evening, finishing Carlo ‘Semento’ Pedersoli Jr. in less than a minute. Both fighters exchanged low kicks before Pedersoli threw a side kick which Oliveira was able to dodge and counter with a heavy right hand, following it up with more strikes, forcing Pedersoli to the canvas where the fight was correctly stopped after a couple more unanswered heavy blows.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Sam Alvey –
via TKO (punches), Round 2 (1:00)
Antonio ‘Little Nog’ Rogerio Nogueira showed age is no barrier, rolling back the years after 2 years out of the Octagon to pick up an impressive TKO win over ‘SmileN’ Sam Alvey. At 42, Nogueira could have been forgiven for trying to pace himself through the fight but from the off his intent was clear in front of a loud home crowd. At the start of the second round, Nogueira connected early and made sure he didn’t give Alvey any time to recover, chasing him around the Octagon until he had him backed against the cage wall and was able to finish the fight in style.
Renan Barao vs. Andre Ewell –
via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Andre ‘The Highlight’ Ewell overcame former Bantamweight champion Renan ‘The Baron’ Barao via split decision after an entertaining 3 rounds. Coming into the night on the back of 5 losses from his last 6 fights, Barao overcame being rocked early in the 1st round to take down the UFC debutant and deliver some heavy ground and pound whilst also locking in an armbar which Ewell did well to survive and escape from. The 2nd and 3rd rounds were mainly spent on the feet where Ewell displayed a higher work rate and was repeatedly able to close the distance, showing off the speed and accuracy of his left hand with numerous sharp jabs to keep Barao on the back foot and pick up the win.
Marina Rodriguez vs. Randa Markos –
Majority Draw (29-28 Markos, 28-28, 28-28)
Marina Rodriguez and Randa ‘Quiet Storm’ Markos fought out an entertaining majority score draw. Markos took the 1st round 10-8, taking Rodriguez to the ground early before unleashing some brutal ground and pound throughout. Rounds 2 and 3 were more even but Rodriguez did enough both on the feet and ground to take a pair of 10-9’s. Markos understandably looked disappointed when the result was announced considering her domination in the 1st round.
Charles Oliveira vs. Christos Giagos –
via submission (rear naked choke), Round 2 (3:22)
Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira picked up a deserved win over Christos ‘The Spartan’ Giagos via submission. In doing so, he overtook the legendary Royce Gracie to become the outright record holder of most submission wins in UFC history with 11. Giagos was a game opponent but at no point looked like challenging Oliveira for the win.
Evan Dunham vs. Francisco Trinaldo –
via KO (knee), Round 2 (4:10)
Francisco ‘Massaranduba’ Trinaldo overcame a resolute Evan Dunham and claimed a KO victory via a thudding knee to the ribs. Dunham, fighting for the last time, proved a tough opponent for the Brazilian and walked through some heavy shots but when Trinaldo finally connected his knee to the body late in the 2nd round, the retiring Dunham dropped to the canvas in agony with the fight being immediately waved off.
Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Ryan Spann –
via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Ryan ‘Superman’ Spann made a successful UFC debut, picking up a points victory over Luis ‘KLB’ Henrique. Spann entered the Octagon looking to extend an already impressive record of 12 x 1st round stoppages (9 x submission / 3 x KO/TKO) but whilst not for the lack of trying, he couldn’t get the finish he wanted. Both fighters displayed great Jiu-Jitsu but the decision went to Spann although the 2 x 30-27 scores seemed a little harsh on Henrique.
Chase Sherman vs. Augusto Sakai –
via KO (punches), Round 3 (4:03)
Augusto Sakai defeated Chase ‘The Vanilla Gorilla’ Sherman by KO in an energy sapping 3 round slugfest. Both fighters had their moments throughout with Sherman even looking to be ahead on the scorecards going into the 3rd round but Sakai didn’t leave it to the judges to decide and finished the fight as it entered into its final minute. Sherman somehow stayed on his feet despite absorbing some huge knees to the face but once thrown on the ground, it didn’t take referee Marc Goddard long to call an end to the fight following a number of further unanswered blows in the form of elbows and punches.
Ben Saunders vs. Sergio Moraes –
via submission (arm triangle), Round 2 (4:42)
Sergio ‘The Panther’ Moraes inflicted the first submission defeat of Ben ‘Killa B’ Saunders career, locking in an arm triangle and forcing the tap towards the end of the 2nd round. The majority of the fight was spent on the ground with Moraes showing off his superior Jiu-Jitsu skills, whilst a submission manoeuvre looked inevitable throughout.
Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Gillian Robertson –
via submission (armbar), Round 1 (4:55)
Mayra Bueno Silva made an impressive UFC debut, extending her career unbeaten record to 6-0 against Gillian ‘The Savage’ Robertson. During an entertaining first round where both fighters connected with some big blows both on the feet and the ground, Bueno Silva gave the submission specialist Robertson a taste of her own medicine, locking in an armbar and twisting until the tap duly followed right before the end of the 1st.
Thales Leites vs. Hector Lombard –
via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Thales Leites signed off his UFC career in style, getting a unanimous decision points win over Hector ‘Lightning’ Lombard. Both men left the Octagon with visible damage after a punishing 3 rounds but it was the retiring veteran who did enough to collect the final win of his 37 fight career.
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Luigi Vendramini –
via KO (punches), Round 2 (1:20)
Elizeu ‘Capoeira’ Zaleski dos Santos picked up a stunning KO win, following up a flying knee with ferocious punches. UFC debutant Luigi ‘The Italian Stallion’ Vendramini more than held his own in a back and forth technical first round but eventually gave up his unbeaten career record in the 2nd round whilst dos Santos extended his win streak to 6.
Livia Renata Souza vs. Alex Chambers –
via submission (guillotine), Round 1 (1:21)
Home favourite Livinha ‘The Brazilian Gangster’ Souza marked her UFC debut in style, scoring the fastest submission in UFC Womens Strawweight history, applying pressure from the off with big strikes before sinking in a guillotine, forcing Alex ‘Astro Girl’ Chambers to tap early in the 1st round.