On September 13, 2014 the UFC heads to Brazil for the fourth time this year for UFC Fight Night 51. The event will take place at Ginasio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil and this will be the first in UFC history that the company has held an enver in the Brazilian Capital City.

As the UFC has continued to do this card is heavily stacked with Brazilian talent. Utilizing local talent has been a key to the UFC’s international expansion and while you may not know some of the names these fighters show up to impress their home fans on the big stage.

The event will air live on UFC Fight Pass and if you haven’t already signed up for the service this may just be the perfect time to try it out because this card has some pretty solid match ups.

Jessica Andrade

The UFC women’s bantamweight division is still very new but because champion Ronda Rousey has been so dominant it is already becoming a little stagnant. Andrade could help add true depth to the division as she is just 22 and already one of the most talented fighters in the division. She has a long way to go to get on Rousey’s level but she has plenty of time to develop and she is a fighter everyone should be keeping a close eye on.

Efrain Escudero

When Escudero won season eight of The Ultimate Fighter his future looked very bright; he was undefeated and had submitted eight of his first 11 career opponents. But since that point his career has been a little erratic. We went 3-2 in his first stint with the promotion the 0-2 in his second stint and now he is hoping that the third time is the charm. Escudero is 4-1 in his last five bouts and at only 28 he still has his best fighting years ahead of him.

Piotr Hallmann

In the co-main event one of the UFC’s brightest lightweight prospects heads to the Octagon for the toughest matchup of his young career. Poland’s Hallmann is a talented young man who has shown real toughness thus far in his UFC career but he is going to be put to the test against Gleison Tibau. Tibau is the proverbial gatekeeper for the UFC lightweight division and he is going force Hallmann to become a better fighter to beat him. Hallmann could be the future of the lightweight division but we won’t know for sure until Tibau is done with him.

Antonio Silva vs. Andrei Arlovski II

After just over six years away Arlovski made a triumphant return to the UFC by defeating Brandan Schaub in a closely contested bout at UFC 174. Now he is looking for revenge against Silva and to prove that he belongs in the Top 10 of the UFC heavyweight division.

Silva on the other hand is looking to get back in the win column so he can work his way back into title contention. Already having a win over Arlovski in the past Silva is going be confident heading in and he is going to be looking to make a statement.

Both of these guys throw big leather and they will be putting on one heck of a show for the fans.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.