UFC Fight Night 58 this weekend is significant for several reasons.
It’s the last visit to Brazil for the UFC in 2014 — the site of some of the year’s most memorable moments. Among them, Dan Henderson’s career resurgence by knocking out Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in March, and similarly, Andrei Arlovski’s upset of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in September.
In fact, it’s the last UFC event of a turbulent 2014 — a year which saw several of their highest profile bouts, and even one entire event, cancelled due to injury; and a year which ends with a lawsuit looming over the promotion.
It’s headlined by Lyoto Machida and Renan Barão, two former UFC titleholders who number among Brazil’s most popular MMA fighters. Both will try to avoid the fates of fellow Brazilians Silva and Rua, who were victims of upsets at the hands of foreign talent.
Both will enjoy the support of a rabid crowd in Barueri in the Greater São Paulo area.
According to odds-makers, the crowd as little chance of going home unhappy.
As of this writing, Machida is as much as a seven-to-one favorite to beat CB Dolloway in the main event. The American Dolloway, who is 2-0 in Brazil (including a knockout of Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira back in March), is a +515 underdog.
Barão is an eight to one favorite to beat Mitch Gagnon. Gagnon has never fought outside of his native Canada.
Fight odds are courtesy of BestFightOdds.
We will have full coverage of the event this weekend at Caged Insider.