August 27, the UFC returns to the South American country of Brazil for the first time since 1998 for just its second card in the country that spawned many of the organization’s top fighters and champions. As is fitting, the event is headlined by Brazil’s greatest UFC fighter, “The Spider” Anderson Silva (28-4) as he defends his UFC Middleweight Championship against the last man to defeat him, “Thunder” Yushin Okami (26-5). Other notable Brazilians making appearances in their homeland include “Shogun” Mauricio Rua (19-5) who looks to avenge his UFC debut loss against Forrest Griffin (18-6) and “Minotauro” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-6-1) who squares off with TUF alum “The Hybrid” Brendan Schaub (7-1). Lightweights “The Real Deal” Ross Pearson (17-6-1) and the undefeated Edson Barboza (8-0) help round out the card and hard hitting “Banha” Luiz Cane (9-3) opens the festivities against Sengoku warrior Stanislav Nedkov (5-0). The first bout between Cane and Nedkov is one that is a particularly interesting one, especially for hardcore fans. Both men are under-the-radar finishing machines with BJJ black belts and huge stopping power in their hands.
Building off last week’s Triangle Choke Escape to Side Mount Ed Perdomo and Mike Richardson return to demonstrate a Step Over Bridged Armbar not commonly seen outside of submission grappling competitions that can flow easily from the escape. It is a quick, easy, and often overlooked arm lock due to its less controlled positioning and the need to sit out from side mount, but it is very effective and can end the fight by submission, or technical submission, very quickly. It also allows for an element of surprise due to the fact that is its rarely utilized in MMA.