UFC: Thiago Santos claims Jimi Manuwa turned down his offer to fight him in UFC Sao Paulo main event

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Fight Night 137 was supposed to be headlined by former title challenger #8 ranked Glover Teixeira and #5 ranked Jimi Manuwa on September in Sao Paulo, Brazil. However a shoulder injury has forced Teixeira to pull out of the fight leaving the main event spot empty.

As many as three fighters volunteered to save the day namely rising prospect Khalil Rountree, surging contender Anthony Smith and middleweight Thiago Santos willing to move up.

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If ESPN’s Ariel Helwani is to be believed, Santos was the front runner to get the fight as the UFC were seeking a Brazilian opponent for Manuwa. (via Twitter):

However, Santos with a tweet claimed that Manuwa had turned the fight down. (via Twitter):

Santos recently had a quick turnaround at UFC 227 two weeks ago against Kevin Holland after a first round knockout against David Branch. Santos won the fight via unanimous decision.

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