On November 8, 2014 the UFC heads to the Ginasio Municipal Tancredo Neves in Uberlandia, Brazil for UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. St. Preux.

Originally the main event was going to feature a bout between MMA legend and Brazilian native Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and English knockout artist Jimi Manuwa, but Manuwa had to withdraw due to injury. Rua will now face athletic up and comer Ovince St. Preux in the main event.

Rua and St. Preux are both coming off of disappointing losses in their last outings and both men are hungry to get back in to the win column. For Rua, a win would prove that he is still relevant in the UFC light heavyweight division. For OSP, a win over Rua would be that marquee win that launches him into the ranks of the elite.

This card is loaded with interesting matchups, but at the end of the day who will be taking home the UFC’s fight night bonuses?

Performance of the Night

Winner of Warlley Alves and Alan Jouban – Jouban is a talented veteran who is looking to build on his “Fight of the Night” knockout victory over Seth Baczynski in his UFC debut. Alves, on the other hand, is returning to welterweight after winning the TUF Brazil 3 middleweight tournament. Both men are exciting finishers and the winner of this bout will likely be going home with an extra $50,000.

Ovince St. Preux – Rua is a legend and at just 32, he is still relatively young, but he has been in some wars over the course of his career and that has taken a toll on his body. This isn’t the same Rua that ruled the Pride FC ring — hell this isn’t the same Rua that won the UFC light heavyweight title. OSP may not have the skill set to truly compete with Rua, but he does have insane athleticism that will prove to be the difference in the fight.

Fight of the Night

Ian McCall vs. John Lineker – In the co-main event of the evening, flyweight contenders McCall and Lineker are going to blow the roof off of the arena. Flyweight fights are action packed as it is, but McCall and Lineker are dynamos who always bring their A-game. They have combined for four “Fight of the Night” awards, so this one is a no-brainer.

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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.