UFC 138 Results: Thiago Alves and 6 Fighters Who Should Fight in Brazil Next
Alves was able to use his dangerous striking to hurt Papy Abedi and forced him to tap out by rear-naked submission in the first round.
Alves was one of many Brazilian fighters who did not get the chance to fight at UFC Rio back in August.
The UFC has stated that they will return to the country next year, and Alves should be one of the fighters to get booked for the show.
Here's a look at the other top fighters who will be looking to return to Brazil.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida brought a UFC title to Brazil once already and would love to do it again.
Machida is one of MMA's most difficult fighters to fight because of his elusive karate style.
Machida has only fought twice in Brazil.
If he defeats Jon Jones at UFC 140, he could be defending the title there.
Despite missing weight in his first weigh-in attempt again, Alves was able to pull out a win.
If Alves can get his weight issues in order and pull out some more wins, he could find himself back in title contention.
Weight issues aside, Alves is one of the most dangerous welterweights in the world.
A trip back to Brazil could be the extra motivation Alves needs.
The first and only time Belfort fought professionally in Brazil was at UFC Brazil back in 1998.
There, Belfort knocked out Wanderlei Silva in 44 seconds.
Belfort wanted to fight on the UFC’s most recent card at Brazil but faced Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 instead.
Belfort is one of Brazil’s most successful MMA stars and should get a chance to fight in Brazil once again.
Although Wanderlei Silva’s career has been on the decline, he still remains one of the most popular fighters in MMA.
Thanks to his brutal striking, Silva is still one of the most-feared fighters in MMA as well.
If Silva could withstand the punishment he dishes out, it would be great to see the former PRIDE champ win in Brazil.
If Anderson Silva is the MMA king of Brazil, Aldo is the prince.
Like Silva, Aldo has had a long winning streak which includes capturing the WEC and UFC featherweight titles.
Aldo’s rag-to-riches story has been well documented. It would be exciting to see the huge ovation Aldo would get returning to Brazil.
Junior dos Santos
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Next weekend, Junior dos Santos will be in the biggest fight of his career as he takes on Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title.
If dos Santos is able to defeat Velasquez, he would join teammates Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo as UFC champions from Brazil.