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.

According to the UFC, lightweight Thiago Tavares is set to scrap with Sam Stout at the January 14 event while fellow 155er Edson Barboza takes on Terry Etim in other undercard action.

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.