Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heads to Curitiba, Brazil, tonight (Sat., May 14, 2016) as the Arena da Baixada plays host to the highly anticipated UFC 198 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which features a Heavyweight title fight and several Brazilian mixed martial arts (MMA) legends.
Catch all the action LIVE with a PPV main card start time of 10 p.m. ET (for up-to-second UFC 198 results click here).
Below is everything you need to know to stay on top of PPV in Brazil.
Who: Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic
What: UFC 198
When: Sat., May 14, 2016, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass
Where: Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil
How To Watch: Main card at 10 p.m ET on PPV; FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" undercard at 8 p.m. ET; and UFC Fight Pass early "Prelims" at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Live UFC 198 results: Play-by-play coverage stream right here
Why It Matters: Brazil has become a staple in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, featuring some of the greatest fighters of all time, an increasingly rabid fan base, and dozens of blue chip prospects to boot. UFC has made it a custom to have several events in Brazil every year, but the last handful have been mediocre at best.
The last UFC PPV event in Brazil was UFC 190, which featured seven main card bouts, and several boring fights. UFC brass took notice, and have put together and incredibly stacked card for what will likely be a legendary evening of MMA action.
Brazilian fans will be treated to hometown legends like Fabricio Werdum, Vitor Belfort, and Shogun Rua. On top of that, Cris Cyborg finally makes her Octagon debut. As if that wasn't exciting enough, the entire card is stacked from top to bottom with name fighters, exciting bouts and intriguing prospects.
Get ready for a wild one.
What's Hot: Uh, (almost) everything?
What's Not: I hate the Corey Anderson vs. Mauricio Rua fight.
"Shogun" is the oldest 34-year old in MMA today, and more than a decade of fighting has left him a shell of his former championship level self. Anderson, on the other hand, is a young lion at 26-years old, coming off three straight victories.
Rua should be fighting a middle-tier Light Heavyweight that gives him the best chance to win and reclaim his glory in Brazil, but instead will probably be grinded to a halt in a frustrating decision loss.
Original Card vs Actual Card:
Cris Cyborg (vs. Leslie Smith): It has finally arrived! The former Strikeforce and Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg will finally grace the Octagon this evening. Leslie Smith will play the sacrificial lamb, and a win could catapult Cyborg into title contention if she could ever possibly make 135 pounds. The clash between Brazilian prospect Warlley Alves against the hype train that is Bryan Barberena was promoted to the PPV main card as a result.
Former Middleweight champion Anderson Silva was scratched from the show earlier this week with a major health issue -- he had to have his gallbladder surgically removed. That, of course, derailed his highly-anticipated showdown with Uriah Hall, who will not compete later this evening because there was not enough time to find him a suitable replacement.
How The "Prelims" Look: The "Prelims" are strong enough to be a FOX Sports 1 card in their own right, and simply can't be missed.
Demian Maia battles Matt Brown in the "Prelims" main event, with Maia looking to earn a Welterweight title shot with another victory over a top contender. John Lineker, Thiago Santos, Nate Marquardt, Rob Font, Patrick Cummins, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Yancy Medeiros, and more will be featured as well.
Stacked event folks.
Who Needs A Win Badly: This portion is reserved for fighters who could be fighting for their jobs today, rather than contenders or title challengers needing victory. Let's take a look at those who need to pull it together:
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (vs. Patrick Cummins): "Lil Nog" has struggled to find his former glory following numerous injuries over the last three years, leading to a 2-4 record in the last six years. At 39-years old, and coming off two straight losses, Nogueira needs a win to halt retirement talks.
Interest Level 9/10
UFC 198 is undoubtedly one of the best and most intriguing PPV's ever sculpted by UFC brass.
The Heavyweight main event between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic should be a sensational bout to cap off what likely will be a historic and memorable evening of MMA. The event is littered with consequential bouts from top to bottom, features numerous MMA legends, a highly anticipated UFC debut, as well as a handful of top notch prospects.
What more could you possibly ask for?
Check out the full UFC 198 fight card right here:
UFC 198 PPV Main Event
265 lbs.: UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic
UFC 198 PPV Co-Main Event
185 lbs.: Ronaldo Souza vs. Vitor Belfort
UFC 198 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Hall -- CANCELED full story here
140 lbs.: Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith (catchweight)
205 lbs.: Mauricio Rua vs. Corey Anderson
170 lbs.: Bryan Barberena vs. Warlley Alves
UFC 198 FOX Sports 1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown
155 lbs.: Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo
185 lbs.: Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago Santos
135 lbs.: Rob Font vs. John Lineker
UFC 198 Fight Pass Prelims (6:30 p.m. ET):
205 lbs.: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Patrick Cummins
170 lbs.: Sergio Moraes vs. Luan Chagas
145 lbs.: Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
For much more on the upcoming UFC 198 event click here.