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Brazilian Breakdown | UFC São Paulo

There's A Chance For A Brazilian Fighter To Win Every Bout Of UFC São Paulo. Here's A Preview Of Each One.

It’s hard to believe it has been four years already since the UFC has touched down in São Paulo, one of the most memorable and important fight destinations in the company’s history. A look down the card shows the matchmakers wanted to make this one special for the hometown fans. From top to bottom, each bout features a native Brazilian, which gives 14 fighters the chance to make their country proud. Could they do a clean sweep? With the talent assembled, it’s certainly possible. Let’s run it down.

Jailton Almeida
Jailton Almeida of Brazil celebrates his submission victory over Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at Spectrum Center on May 13, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Jailton Almeida of Brazil celebrates his submission victory over Jairzinho Rozenstruik of Suriname in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at Spectrum Center on May 13, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LL

Division: Heavyweight

Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Professional Record: 19-2

Streak: Won last 14 bouts

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The Scoop: Although his rise in the UFC might seem sudden and meteoric, Almeida has been wreaking havoc inside the Octagon since 2012. None of his wins across heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight and even welterweight have ever needed the judges, and since winning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series back in 2021, he’s only made it to the second round one time in his five UFC fights. His three most recent bouts have all warranted Performance of the Night honors. UFC São Paulo will mark his second turn as a UFC headliner, as the man around whom this fight card is built (as Jon Anik might say) will meet veteran Derrick Lewis in front of an adoring, sold out Ginasio Do Ibirapuera. Fireworks await.

Gabriel Bonfim
Gabriel Bonfim of Brazil celebrates his submission victory over Trevin Giles in a welterweight fight during the UFC 291 event at Delta Center on July 29, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
Gabriel Bonfim of Brazil celebrates his submission victory over Trevin Giles in a welterweight fight during the UFC 291 event at Delta Center on July 29, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Division: Welterweight

Birthplace: Brasilia, Brazil

Professional Record: 15-0

Streak: Undefeated

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The Scoop: Gabriel won a contract the same night as his brother Ismael on the 2022 season of Dana White’s Contender Series, and in his two UFC bouts since, he has only needed a combined total of two minutes and two seconds in the Octagon to work his magic (both were guillotine submissions). Like his promotional debut at Rio’s UFC 283 last January, he'll join his brother on the same card, this time taking on a streaking Nicolas Dalby in the co-main event.

Rodrigo Nascimento
Rodrigo Nascimento punches Michal Martinek in their heavyweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series Week Six at the UFC Apex on July 30, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLC)
Rodrigo Nascimento punches Michal Martinek in their heavyweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series Week Six at the UFC Apex on July 30, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Division: Heavyweight

Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Professional Record: 10-1, 1 NC

Streak: Won his last two

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The Scoop: It’s an interesting rematch of his UFC debut when “Zé Colméia” enters the Octagon on Saturday. Shortly after winning a contract on the 2019 season of Dana White’s Contender Series, Nascimento took on Don’Tale Mayes. He won that bout by submission, something he does regularly with his ace jiu-jitsu game that belies his imposing frame. Outside of an uncharacteristic KO loss to Chris Daukaus in 2020, Nascimento ends the night with his hand raised, something he’ll look to do against Mayes, who has gone 3-1-1 since they last met.

Caio Borralho
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Division: Middleweight

Birthplace: São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil

Professional Record: 14-1, 1 NC

Streak: 4-0 in the UFC

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The Scoop: Since stopping Jesse Murray on a contract-worthy performance on the 2021 season of Dana White’s Contender Series, “The Natural” has been as exciting as he has been prolific, peaking with his most recent submission of Michal Oleksiejczuk last April. The tests don’t get easier with that level of momentum, as evidenced by his pairing with Abus Magomedov this Saturday.

Rodolfo Vieira
Rodolfo Vieira of Brazil reacts after his submission victory over Cody Brundage in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 29, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Rodolfo Vieira of Brazil reacts after his submission victory over Cody Brundage in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 29, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Division: Middleweight

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professional Record: 9-2

Streak: Won his last bout

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The Scoop: Despite alternating wins and losses over the last couple years (the only two losses of his career), nobody is overlooking the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu prowess of “The Black Belt Hunter,” least of all Saturday’s opponent Armen Petrosyan. The five-time BJJ World Champion takes no prisoners when it comes to both MMA and grappling competitions, with a prime example being his most recent outing, an arm triangle choke of Cody Brundage in April.

Ismael Bonfim
Ismael Bonfim of Brazil reacts after his knockout victory over Terrance McKinney in a lightweight fight during the UFC 283 event at Jeunesse Arena on January 21, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC)
Ismael Bonfim of Brazil reacts after his knockout victory over Terrance McKinney in a lightweight fight during the UFC 283 event at Jeunesse Arena on January 21, 2023 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC)

Division: Lightweight

Birthplace: Brasilia, Brazil

Professional Record: 15-3

Streak: Lost last bout

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The Scoop: The other half of the dynamic Bonfim brothers is coming off an uncharacteristic loss last July to the ascending Benoit Saint Denis. It was the first time the striking ace hadn’t gotten his hand raised in 13 fights dating back to 2014. Now back competing on the same card as brother Gabriel (see above), he’ll look to return to his winning ways and hopes to put on a performance that tops the epic flying knee KO he delivered in Rio last January.

Elves Brener
Elves Brener of Brazil reacts after his TKO victory over Guram Kutateladze of Georgia in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 01, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Elves Brener of Brazil reacts after his TKO victory over Guram Kutateladze of Georgia in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on July 01, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Division: Lightweight

Birthplace: Maues, Amazonas, Brazil

Professional Record: 19-4

Streak: Won four straight

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The Scoop: A student of Diego Lima and a sparring partner of Charles Oliveira, Brener is one of the most interesting talents to enter the 155-lb ranks. Equally skilled at Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu, he’s a legitimate dual threat, as evidenced in his first two UFC wins. Original opponent Esteban Ribovics was forced to withdraw earlier this week due to injury, so now Brener will face newcomer Kaynan Kruschewsky on Saturday.

Kaynan Kruschewsky
Kaynan Kruschewsky of Brazil reacts after his victory over Dylan Mantello in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season seven, week seven at UFC APEX on September 19, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Kaynan Kruschewsky of Brazil reacts after his victory over Dylan Mantello in a lightweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season seven, week seven at UFC APEX on September 19, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Division: Lightweight

Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Professional Record: 15-1, 1 NC

Streak: Won six straight

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The Scoop: Last seen submitting Dylan Mantello last month on Dana White’s Contender Series, Kayan Kruschewsky makes a tight turnaround for his UFC debut, stepping in on short notice to face countryman Elves Brener. His résumé suggests it won’t be a problem. A proven finisher, “Bahia” has rarely been to the scorecards over his 17 pro fights. Like Brener, he’s proficient in both Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu, which makes for a highly intriguing bout in which a Brazilian is certain to prevail .

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos of Brazil reacts after his victory over Abubakar Nurmagomedov of Russia in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 03, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos of Brazil reacts after his victory over Abubakar Nurmagomedov of Russia in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 03, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Division: Welterweight

Birthplace: Francisco Beltrão, Parana, Brazil

Professional Record: 24-7

Streak: Won his last two

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The Scoop: A member of the UFC roster since 2015, “Capoeira” has put on some dazzling performances over the course of his 13 fights in the promotion, including three Fight of the Night honors and a spinning wheel kick KO of current middleweight champion Sean Strickland, back when he dabbled at welterweight. The winner of three of his last four, the 36-year-old veteran has shown a remarkable chin and the ability to hang around when things get ugly, and things just might on Saturday when he meets Russian phenom Rinat Fakhretdinov.

Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo of Brazil reacts after his victory over Eduardo Torres Caut of Chile in a bantamweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season seven, week nine at UFC APEX on October 03, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Victor Hugo of Brazil reacts after his victory over Eduardo Torres Caut of Chile in a bantamweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season seven, week nine at UFC APEX on October 03, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Division: Bantamweight

Birthplace: Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil

Professional Record: 24-4

Streak: Won 13 in a row

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The Scoop: Just days after winning a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series, Victor has a chance to make the most memorable of all UFC debuts in his home country, stepping in on short notice to take on undefeated Peruvian prospect Daniel Marcos. The son of a professional kickboxer, Hugo has trained martial arts in one form or another since the age of five. 25 years later his dream is about to become a reality.

Vitor Petrino
Vitor Petrino of Brazil prepares to fight Anton Turkalj of Sweden in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on March 11, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
Vitor Petrino of Brazil prepares to fight Anton Turkalj of Sweden in a light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on March 11, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Division: Light Heavyweight

Birthplace: Santa Luzia, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Professional Record: 9-0

Streak: Undefeated

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The Scoop: Another graduate of Dana White’s Contender Series, Petrino is a fearsome striker who has walked away with a win in every MMA bout he’s ever been in, including his first two in the UFC. Most recently, he subbed Marcin Prachnio via arm triangle, and he’ll try to keep his undefeated streak alive Saturday versus his toughest test to date: Modestas Bukauskas. Petrino has only gone this distance twice in his nine-fight career, and he’s aiming to keep it that way.

Denise Gomes
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Division: Strawweight

Birthplace: Santana do Livramento, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Professional Record: 8-2

Streak: Won her last two

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The Scoop: Though she stumbled in her 2022 UFC debut, Gomes has looked like a fighter reborn in the two fights since, stopping compatriot Bruna Brasil and then becoming the first fighter to defeat the highly-touted Yazmin Jauregui via TKO in just 20 seconds at UFC 290. Performances like that have earned the 23-year-old the toughest test of her career this Saturday when she meets veteran Angela Hill on the prelim card.

Eduarda Moura
Eduarda Moura of Brazil reacts after her victory over Janaina Silva of Brazil in a strawweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season seven, week two at UFC APEX on August 15, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Louis Grasse/Zuffa LLC)
Eduarda Moura of Brazil reacts after her victory over Janaina Silva of Brazil in a strawweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season seven, week two at UFC APEX on August 15, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Louis Grasse/Zuffa LLC)

Division: Strawweight

Birthplace: Riachuelo, Sergipe, Brazil

Professional Record: 9-0

Streak: Undefeated

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The Scoop: One of the newest members of the UFC roster, Moura just punched her ticket last August when she subbed Janaina Silva on Dana White’s Contender Series. Submissions are the name of the game for the undefeated prospect, who specializes in wrestling and jiu-jitsu under the tutelage of Yuri Moura and Herrick Marinho. She counts Khabib Nurmagomedov and Ronda Rousey among the fighters she admires most, and answers to the nickname “Ronda.” Those are big shoes to fill, and she’ll look to start doing precisely that against Montserrat Ruiz Saturday.

Kaue Fernandes
Kaue Fernandes poses for a portrait during a UFC photo session on November 1, 2023 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Kaue Fernandes poses for a portrait during a UFC photo session on November 1, 2023 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

Division: Lightweight

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professional Record: 8-1

Streak: Won his last two

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The Scoop: Fernandes faces a tall task in his UFC debut: taking on seasoned veteran Marc Diakiese to open the show on Saturday. His résumé says he’s up to the challenge. Aside from high-profile fights in LFA, the BJJ black belt is the former Shooto Brasil champion and trains under the esteemed André Pederneiras.

UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs Lewis took place live from Ibirapuera Arena in São Paulo, Brazil on November 4, 2023. See the Final Results, Official Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses - and relive the action on UFC Fight Pass