MMA Preview – Thiago Santos vs Eryk Anders at UFC Fight Night 137

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 137? Sunday 23rd September, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 137? Ginasio do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Brazil

What channel is UFC Fight Night 137 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 137? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 137? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

This is not the main event we expected in Sao Paulo but the fans will be licking their lips nonetheless. Glover Teixeira was originally scheduled to fight Jimi Manuwa but pulled out with an injury and was replaced with Thiago Santos, another superb match-up, but then Manuwa pulled out with Eryk Anders stepping up to the plate. So, two light heavyweight powerhouses have been replaced by two middleweight powerhouses.

Santos and Anders have both fought as recently as August when they bounced back from losses and it is no wonder they are fan-favourites as they not only step up to fight anyone, they come to fight and leave nothing behind so stylistically, this should produce fireworks.

THE PREDICTION

These natural finishers are unlikely to last the five rounds, especially stepping in at short notice, and as they only have two submission wins between them, we can expect a knockout finish. Which way it goes will be tough to call as they both have ferocious power, in particular the sledgehammer kicks of Santos and the monstrous left hand of Anders - and it will be a case of who lands first.

Winner: Anders via KO/TKO

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.