When the UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro in January it appears they will follow the same model making UFC 134 such a success this past August including an emphasis on area talent. As such Jose Aldo and Vitor Belfort will be far from the only Brazilians on the card, a point driven home by a pair of newly announced match-ups.
Stout should live up to his last name based on the level of challenge he poses for Tavares. The 27-year old Canadian, known for his overall toughness and knockout power, holds an overall record of 17-6-1 with wins over Matt Wiman, Paul Taylor, Joe Lauzon, and most recently Yves Edwards.
However, Tavares is an apt adversary as well, boasting a professional mark of 16-4-1 with eleven submissions and a strike-based stoppage of Spencer Fisher at UFC 134.
In the other pairing, the 9-0 Barboza will look to build on a hard-fought win over Ross Pearson (also at UFC 134) with Etim coming off a lightning quick “Submission of the Night” win last weekend at UFC 138.
MMATraining Take: No complaints on the matchmaking here. All the men are comparable both in terms of talent and divisional standing. I also like that each equates to a nice “striker vs. submission-specialist” affair. However, I’m curious to see what significant Brazilian stars end up on UFC 142 other than Belfort/Aldo. The show takes place too soon for either Nogueira brother to compete on given their involvement at UFC 140, Anderson Silva appears destined for Super Bowl Weekend, and Mauricio Rua/Wanderlei Silva would both be pushing it even if they win convincingly next weekend at UFC 139.