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First bouts set for UFC’s Contender Series Brazil

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Brazilian heavyweight Augusto Sakai (right) went 4-1-1 in Bellator.

The UFC will produce the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2018, including names like Nick Newell and Greg Hardy. The company will also promote an all-Brazilian season of the show.

It’s still unclear whether or not the fights will air live or not, but 12 bouts are already a done deal for the show, featuring Bellator veteran Augusto Sakai and Rizin tournament semifinalist Maria Oliveira among others.

Combate and MMA Today News first reported the match-ups, which were confirmed by sources to MMA Fighting.

The fights will be spread across multiple Contender Series cards of the all-Brazilian season in Las Vegas, Nev., in August.

Heavyweight: Augusto Sakai (10-1-1) vs. Marcos Conrado Jr. (5-0)

Light heavyweight: Johnny Walker (13-3) vs. Joao Zaiden (7-1)

Light heavyweight: John Allan (12-4) vs. Vinicius Alves Moreira (8-1)

Middleweight: Wellington Turman (13-2) vs. Leonardo Silva de Oliveira (11-2)

Women’s bantamweight: Dayana Silva (7-3) vs. Gisele Moreira (7-3)

Flyweight: Rogerio Bontorim (13-1) vs. Gustavo Gabriel (13-0)

Women’s bantamweight: Luana Carolina Carvalho (4-1) vs. Duda Santana (3-0)

Middleweight: Andre Muniz (16-4) vs. Daniel Souza Pereira (7-2)

Women’s bantamweight: Mayana Kellem (7-0) vs. Mayra Bueno (3-0)

Women’s flyweight: Estefani Almeida (7-1) vs. Taila Santos (14-0)

Flyweight: Allan Nascimento (17-4) vs. Raulian Paiva (17-1)

Women’s strawweight: Maria Oliveira (10-3) vs. Marina Rodriguez (9-0)

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