First reported by MMAJunkie.com, the main event for UFC São Paulo has undergone a last minute change as Jimi Manuwa has been forced to withdraw.
More info on Manuwa’s withdrawal: per sources, he tore his hamstring shortly after arriving in Brazil. Went for a run after landing and that’s when it happened. Doctors say it’s a severe tear, which is more than 50%. He’s looking at six-week recovery. https://t.co/PR2xF6N7km
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 17, 2018
Pissed is an understatement. I and the team will be putting out an official statement later. Thanks for all the well wishes guys. 🙏🏾
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) September 17, 2018
Eryk Anders (11-1) will step in on short notice to replace Manuwa and will take on Thiago Santos, who was also a replacement for an injured Glover Teixeira.
Eryk Anders is currently coming off a performance of the night KO win over Tim Williams at UFC Lincoln in August. Previous to that, Anders had suffered a split decision loss to Lyoto Machida in Brazil, putting a stop to an undefeated streak of ten wins.
The Brazilian, Thiago Santos (18-6) is coming off a decision victory over Kevin Holland at UFC 227. Previously to that, Santos had also suffered a loss, putting a stop to a four fight win streak. He lost the bout to David Branch via first round KO back in April. He will make his Light Heavyweight debut when he headlines for the first time this weekend in Brazil.
This main event adjustment has yet to be formally announced by the UFC. Stay tuned for more updates.