Unfortunately, this fight was cancelled over the weekend based on Damm dealing with some health issues. The removal of the rumble was definitely a blow to the undercard based on the energy and ability each brings into the ring. Damm’s BJJ is some of the best out there at 145 pounds, while Dias is also an excellent grappler with ever-improving stand-up. Their duel would no doubt have been fun to watch unfold, so hopefully the UFC will look at rebooking it for a future event (possibly on November 9 when the UFC returns to Brazil for UFN 32). Had they fought, chances are good Dias would have exited the Octagon with his hand raised.
When tuning in to the UFC’s undercard offerings it’s not uncommon to see half-empty arenas filled with listless fans. However, that won’t be the case on Wednesday night when the organization sets up shop in Brazil for UFC Fight Night 29. The fight-friendly nation has traditionally embraced all the action in the Octagon, cheering as loudly for the first set of scrappers as the main event match-up. And, given some of the talent on display at this week’s event, they should have plenty of reason to make noise. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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