UFC Fight Night 164 kicks off on November 17th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The venue is the Ginasio do Ibirapuera stadium, one of Brazil’s historic indoor sport arenas built in the 1950s with an 11,000 seating capacity.
Jan Blachowicz vs. Ronaldo Souza
Ronaldo Souza goes into the main fight of UFC 164 as an underdog against Jan Blachowicz. Bookmakers currently have Blachowicz to win at 1 / 2 and Souza to win at 6 / 4.
Souza has moved up in weight and his last outing was a loss to Jack Hermansson. Souza is still a remarkable striker and could turn the fight on its heels in a matter of seconds at any point in time, should Blachowicz slip up.
On the other hand, Blachowicz had a good strategy against Rockhold in last fight and executed his violent plan to perfection. His outing prior to Rockhold, however, was a loss to Santo who ended Blachowicz’s three-win run by defeating him courtesy of a technical knockout. Head to head, Souza is the more balanced fighter across different factors, and this could turn out to be a quintessential case of the underdog coming out on top.
Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Paul Craig
In the co-main event, we see Scotland’s Paul Craig take on the PRIDE legend, Mauricio Rua. The opening odds for Rua winning are at 8/15, and a Craig win is at 7/5.
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Charles Oliveira vs. Jared Gordon
When it comes to finishing the fight inside the distance via submission, there is no one better in UFC history than Sao Paulo’s Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira. The hometown hero also finds himself tied with fellow countrymen Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort when it comes to the record for finished in UFC history at 14 heading into Saturday night’s bout. If he can find a way to finish Jared Gordon, he etches his place in history and quietly puts himself in the conversation for the UFC Hall of Fame.
After a .500 start in his UFC career, Dana White: Lookin’ For a Fight star Jared Gordon emerged victorious this past summer with a no doubt decision victory over Dan Moret to avoid a 3-fight losing streak. A win over Oliveira in enemy territory would by far be the biggest moment of Gordon’s career. That said, there’s a reason why he’s the biggest underdog on the card.