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A light heavyweight clash between Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira has nearly been finalized as the main event for an Ultimate Fighting Championship card on Sept. 12.
ESPN was first to report the booking. A venue and location for the event have yet to be announced, though it is likely to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card is also expected to include a women’s flyweight tilt pitting Andrea Lee against Roxanne Modafferi.
Santos will return for the first time since undergoing surgery on both knees following a split-decision loss to Jon Jones in a 205-pound championship fight at UFC 239. Prior to that setback, the 36-year-old Brazilian had scored KO/TKO finishes of Jan Blachowicz, Jimi Manuwa and Eyrk Anders to earn a light heavyweight title shot.
The 40-year-old Teixeira enters the matchup on a four-bout winning streak. Most recently, he earned a dominant fifth-round TKO against Anthony Smith in the UFC Fight Night 171 headliner. The former title challenger has also bested Nikita Krylov, Ion Cutelaba and Karl Roberson during his current streak.
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