Nogueira (23-9-0) has won just two of his last six under the UFC banner, with those wins coming over the duo of Patrick Cummins and Sam Alvey. Nogueira is competing in Brazil for the sixth straight UFC bout, holding a record of 2-3-0 in those previous five encounters. Nogueira is the brother of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who is a former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion.
Smith (15-9-0) enters the contest while in the midst of a two fight losing streak, dropping bouts to the duo of Elias Theodorou and Zak Cummings. Smith is making his UFC Light Heavyweight Division debut in this encounter, having previously competed at middleweight. Smith has seen his last six professional MMA bouts go to a decision and it has been over seven years since the fighter got a finish.
UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo takes place on Saturday, November 16 from the Ibirapueroa Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil with no main event announced at this time. Figtful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.