The stakes will be high when Jan Blahovic and Ronaldo "Jacare" Sousa step into the Octagon for the main event on Saturday at the UFC Fight Night in Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo.
Blachowicz (24-8) is a lightweight contender for the heavyweight title, No. 7 in the ESPN rankings, knocking out former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in November. And now comes another former 185-year-old. Susa (26-7) rises to 205 after the loss of April by Jack Hermanson, his second defeat in three matches.
But Jakare can become an instant challenger with a win and Blachovic has to raise his hand to avoid falling into the top 10.
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• Jan Blachowicz Vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
• Mauricio Rua vs Paul Craig
• Charles Oliveira vs. Jared Gordon
• Antonio Arroyo vs. Andre Muniz
• Marcus Perez vs. Wellington45 Thurman9 vs. James Krause
• Ricardo Ramos vs. Eduardo Garagori
• Francisco Trinaldo vs. Bobby Green
• Worley Alves vs. Randy Brown
• Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Renan Barao [Arias]
• Vanessa Melo vs. Tracy Cortes
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This Event be the final of the long night of Brazil against the world. Jacare is one of 15 Brazilians on the map, with at least one in each of the 12 matches. And among them are some legendary names, most notably Mauricio "Shogun" Rui, who is fighting in the co-main event. Shogun, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, won eight bonuses after fighting during his time with promotion. He's already in the UFC Hall of Fame for his 2011 wild fight with Dan Henderson.
Rui's opponent, Paul Craig, is a Scot who is on the brink of a UFC record book. He won two duels in the promotion by triangular strangulation; one more would give him the record. Craig's submission of any kind would be his fifth place, tying the light heavyweight record.
Here is the ranking, results and summaries:
Fighting in progress:
Light heavyweight: Mauricio Rua (26-11, -275) vs. Paul Craig (12-4, +225)
Results  Lightweight: Charles Oliveira (28-8) defeats Jared Gordon (15-4) by first round KO  Who says he's a submission specialist? Oliveira claimed his sixth straight win – his second in a knockout – by releasing Gordon with a right-back to excite the hosts in Sao Paulo with a lightning-fast 1:26 into the first round.
Oliveira, UFC's leader in 13-win innings, won the canvas fight in no time; but when Gordon returned it, Oliveira did not flinch. With Gordon supporting him in the cage, Oliveira landed a sharp right hand that sent his opponent to crash into the carpet.
For Oliveira, KO in the last two matches is the first two of his 25-bit UFC run. , Should we now consider him a KO specialist?
By ESPN Stats & Info: The fifth final of the first round of Oliveira in the lightweight category is tied for third place in division history. His six-match final series is now the longest running streak in the UFC, breaking with Marlon Vera.
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Medium Weight: Andre Muniz (19-4) defeats Antonio Arroyo (9-3) by unanimous decision
Arroyo came to the beginning of the Octagon and sent Muniz in an immediate retreat. But it was Arroyo as the aggressor, as he spent much of the other three rounds defending Muniz, who made a unanimous decision on his fifth straight victory.
Arroyo had a five-fight winning streak since his entry. And his early bloom seemed promising. But from that moment on, the attacker defended himself against the grappling and the grappler repelled with a strike, not with a nice combination.
Muniz did have a few moments on the canvas when the final appeared possible, but Arroyo made it the final horn. Arroyo just didn't show the urgency he needed to turn the fight on his way.
"I knew it would be a very difficult fight, but the UFC called me and I would never say no," Muniz said. "I tried to do my best. It was enough to win, but I know it wasn't my best. I was close to submitting or knocking out, but I ended up wasting a lot of energy. In the end, it was all from the heart  "Last year I participated in the Contender Series Brazil. I won my battle but didn't get the contract. When this opportunity came up again, I didn't think twice and tried to grab as quickly as possible. "
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Medium Weight: Wellington Thurman (16-3) beats Marcus Perez (11-3) by unanimous decision
Thurman got his first UFC win by showing himself as the stronger fighter in the a slow move that never seemed to continue until Perez beat himself Ari in the third round and three judges put it 30-27 for Thurman.
The 23-year-old Thurman returned to the road after seeing his four-game winning streak in his UFC debut in July. P Erez early, but as the minutes ticked the clock, with Thurman the fresher man, he took control of his opponent too little and too late a rally.
"Marcus is a crazy person," Thurman said. "We were annoying a lot during the fight, but I had already said I would annoy him the same way he annoyed me. It was a difficult fight, but I was better.
" I always train, I always go. Whenever the UFC needs me to save the battle, I'll be available. I am very happy. My dream is to be a part of it. I'm very young. I still have a lot to develop. "
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Weight in Gravity: James Krause (27-7) defeated Sergio Moraes (14-7-1) in the third round of Co.
" "The battle just went on. like me and my team thought it would, "Krause said. "I thought he would wear out over time and find a knockout with a knee or a blow.
" I hate to talk about the future – I just want to go home and be with my family – but I think the next one is obvious it's something to face a top-15 contender. This is my sixth win in a row. "The experience in Brazil was exactly what I thought it would be. It's never fun for people to say you're going to die, but the environment here is crazy. The atmosphere inside the arena is amazing."
From ESPN Stats & Info: Krause expanded his winning streak to four with his eighth KO / TKO career victory.
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Weight in Bed: Ricardo Ramos (14-2) beats Eduardo Garagori (13-1) by a back goal throttle in the first round
"And I came here today to show my full potential," Ramos said. "I'm very happy with the win and my performance couldn't be better. I came to have fun and to show that I am entering this division. With humility, focus and dedication I will come to the top.
"I am not a perfectionist, but I must always seek the best of myself, and when I do not perform best, I'm moving to light weight, the focus of this fight was to improve my performance. I got it and it's a sub cation, which will stay. "
By ESPN Stats & Info: Ramos won its second in a row with his seventh career victory. He moves to 5-1 in the UFC with his first lightweight title after starting his UFC career in batting. Weight
Weight: Francisco Trinaldo (24-7) defeats Bobby Green (24-10 -1) by unanimous decision
Bobby Green and Francisco Trinaldo get off to a hot start in the first round of their UFC Fight Night match. For more UFC, sign up here for ESPN + http://plus.espn.com/ufc. records19659051 Photos "It was a good fight, a tough one," Trinaldo said. In fact, I trained more strikingly during my camp. But I am happy that I can go with a win here again in Sao Paulo.
"I would like to face Edson Barboza next, He is the best Muay Thai athlete in Brazil. I think he will be a great match."
By ESPN Stats & Info: Trinaldo expands his UFC victory records to Brazil to 12.
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Weightlifting: Randy Brown (12-3) defeats Worley Alves (14-4) with a triangular choke in the second round
"I plan to make it to the finish line every time I go out there and fight – that's my goal," Brown said. "" It wasn't exactly what I wanted to be, but we're still working. I'm getting better. First round, I have a little slow start. I slipped in the beginning and didn't want to use too much energy trying to get up. Round two, I just went back to what I was good at and won the match.
"I would like to fight Michael Chiesa next. He has gone into the heavyweight division and would like to be his next opponent."
By ESPN Stats & Info: It was the fourth career submission victory for Brown, second in the UFC. He has now won two straight games. Brown has 10 finals in 12 career victories.
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Feather: Douglas Silva de Andrade (26-3) defeats Renan Barao (34-9) by unanimous decision
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"I promised it was going to be a fighting fight and I think I did it," Silva said. "I put on a show in front of the fans. Thanks to the UFC for believing in my work. It was a great honor for me to fight Renan Barao, an athlete I always admire, always made sure to watch his fights. He is a former champion, has legacy and deserves all the credit. "
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Flyweight: Arian Lipsky (12-5) defeats Isabella de Padua (0-2) by unanimous decision
Ariana Lipsky wasted no time in opening up with a storm of shots at Isabella de Padua at UFC Fight Night. For more UFC, sign up here for ESPN + http://plus.espn.com/ufc. records19659051Sense "They play me, but nobody knows what's going on behind the scenes," said Lipsky. "I gained weight, I did my part. I trained for four months; my opponent changes four times during my camp. I accepted this match [against a different opponent] with one day's notice. I couldn't take it, but I agreed because I was preparing so much for the day. I did my best. I know I won every round, but I also know that I can't please everyone.
"It wasn't even a submission. [that she had on me]. I was training Jiu Jitsu and participating in Jiu Jitsu tournaments. It was a triangle inverted and I was just trying to get out. She wasn't locking me in;
" I'm so excited that I won at home; it's been a dream since I started at the UFC. Last year was not my best time as an athlete, but today I knew I would come out with a victory anyway. "
By ESPN Stats & Info: Lipsky breaks a two-game losing streak, earning her first UFC win and fourth win by decision. De Padua's five-fight winning streak was snapped in her UFC debut. She took the match only 24 hours notice.
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Weight of a woman in bed: Tracy Cortes (7-1) defeats Vanessa Melo (10-7) by unanimous decision
Tracey Cortez lands multiple blows to Vanessa Melo's body in the last 25 seconds of their UFC Fight Night match.For more UFC, sign up here for ESPN + htt records19659051Sense "It's been a busy week, but I have the right coaches to keep my mind calm and nothing has affected me," Cortez said. "I just stayed focused on the duel. As for the fans, I knew I wouldn't like the crowd at first, but Brazil is amazing. The fact that they can just cheer someone up the way they did is mind-boggling. I pray that when I fight in my hometown, they rejoice in me that way. "
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By ESPN Stats & Info: Cortez wins her seventh consecutive duel after losing her MMA debut in 2017. Winning is Cortez's fifth by decision, Melo losing her second straight duel and drops to 0-2 in the UFC.
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Still to come:
Light heavyweight: Jan Blahovic (24-8, -170) vs. Ronado "Jakare" Souza (26-7, +140)