Arona to ref MMA fight in Saturday telenovela

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Arona watches fighter collapse. This Saturday, on Globo. / Publicity photo.

Little by little, Brazil’s Globo TV network is creeping into the realm of MMA. The latest show of the television giant’s interest in the sport comes in this Saturday’s episode of prime time telenovela “Fina Estampa,” as our collaborator Junior Samurai reports. Prior to the fictional showdown between characters Wallace and Jorge Muralha, UFC champion Anderson Silva is interviewed about his thoughts on the matchup, alongside Minotauro and Minotouro.

Then, the fighters in the Aguinaldo Silva-written screenplay face off in the cage at the Nogueira brothers’ training center, with former Pride FC star refereeing. As the bout plays out, Wallace collapses unconscious, having been in poor health during training. Swiftly attended to, Wallace recovers his senses and sees his opponent’s arm being raised by the former Pride FC fighter.

The episode of “Fina Estampa” airs on Globo starting at 9pm Brazilian time this Saturday.

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