Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos, Eryk Anders vs. Elias Theodorou added to UFC 231

December’s UFC 231 lineup in Toronto continues to get deeper, with the promotion announcing two more notable bouts Monday night.

After their scheduled main event fell apart this past month, a light heavyweight pairing between Jimi Manuwa(17-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (19-6 MMA, 11-5 UFC) is set. Also, after much talk, middleweights Eryk Anders (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Elias Theodorou (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will clash inside the octagon.

UFC 231 takes place Dec. 8 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Manuwa, 38, was supposed to fight in the UFC Fight Night 137 main event last month but was forced to withdraw from the card due to a last-minute hamstring injury. Santos, 35, would go on to win against short-notice replacement Anders, marking a successful debut in the 205-pound division.

Following his win, Santos said he felt Manuwa owed him the fight that was originally agreed upon, and now he gets his wish.

After falling short against “Marreta” in Sao Paulo, Anders, 31, drops back down to 185 pounds to fight Theodorou. “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” winner has been looking for an opponent since Antonio Carlos Junior pulled out of UFC 231 due to injury, and Anders was eager to get the spot.

The latest UFC 231 card now includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega – for featherweight title
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for vacant women’s flyweight title
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns
  • Chad Laprise vs. Dhiego Lima
  • Kyle Bochniak vs. Hakeem Dawodu
  • Devin Clark vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Brad Katona vs. Matthew Lopez
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Eryk Anders vs. Elias Theodorou

For more on the UFC 231, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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