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UFC Fight Night 51 Bigfoot vs Arlovski Preview

Antonio Silva and Andrei ArlovskiBRASILIA, Brazil – No. 5 heavyweight contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (18-5, 1 NC) squares off with No. 14 contender Andrei “Pitbull” Arlovski (22-10, 1 NC) in the main event for UFC Fight Night 51. Silva defeated Arlovski by unanimous decision after a three round fight at a Strikeforce event in 2010.

Silva is coming off a well-fought battle with No. 7 contender Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt (9-8-1) at UFC Fight Night Hunt vs. Silva in which 200 significant strikes were landed by the two fighters who battered each other to a five round draw. Arlovski’s last fight was disappointing to UFC President Dana White who was vocal about his expectation of a better performance in a main card fight. In the three round fight, the Russian was out-struck by Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub by 18 strikes but still managed to take the win by split decision.

Lightweights lock horns as Gleison Tibau (38-10) faces Piotr Hallmann (15-2) in a matchup of fighters looking to win a second straight fight. Tibau defeated Pat “Bam Bam” Healy (31-19, 1 NC) at UFC Fight Night Cerronne vs. Miller in a unanimous decision while Hallmann pulled a third round submission win over Yves Edwards (42-21-1, 1 NC) at UFC Fight Night Henderson vs. Khabilov.

Leonardo Santos (12-4-1) takes on Efrain “Hecho en Mexico” Escudero (23-8) in another lightweight bout. Santos fought to a three round draw “Stormin” Norman Parke (21-2-1) at UFC Fight Night Shogun vs. Henderson 2 while Escudero looks to snap a three fight losing streak.

Santiago “Gente Boa” Ponzinibbio (19-2) faces Wendell Oliveira (24-7) in a welterweight bout with Ponzinibbio looking to rebound from a loss in his UFC debut to Ryan LaFlare (11-0) at UFC Fight Night Belfort vs Henderson. Oliveira is seeking to start his UFC career at 1-0 with a win in his debut.

No. 7 bantamweight contender Iuri “Marajo” Alcantara (30-5, 1 NC) is set the battle Russell Doane (14-3) as both fighter seek a third consecutive win in UFC competition.

No. 10 women’s bantamweight contender Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade (11-3) looks for her third straight UFC victory against Larissa Pacheco (10-0) who is making her UFC octagon debut.

The main card fights are scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM eastern available on UFC Fight Pass.