Another Brazilian has been added to the UFC’s January 14 return to Rio de Janeiro in the form of Paulo Thiago, an immensely popular welterweight in the region who is also a member of the nation’s Special Forces unit. According to multiple reports, Thiago will face grappler Mike Pyle at the event who is coming off a loss to Rory MacDonald after racking up a trio of consecutive wins prior to the stumble.

News of the match-up was first revealed by Tatame.

Thiago was part of the UFC’s August stop in Brazil, picking up a decision win over David Mitchell to snap a two-fight losing streak. He holds an overall record of 14-3 with past wins over Mike Swick and Josh Koscheck, the latter of which earned him “Knockout of the Night” honors at UFC 95.

The 21-8-1 Pyle should pose an interesting threat to Thiago who has never been finished in his career, as “Quicksand” has earned stoppages in eighteen of his fights including sixteen by way of submission. His numerous tap-outs include victories over Dan Hornbuckle, Shonie Carter, and Jon Fitch with other instances of success in bouts against Ricardo Almeida and John Hathaway.

UFC 142 is scheduled to take place at the HSBC Arena with a main event featuring featherweight champion Jose Aldo putting his belt on the line against undefeated Chad Mendes. Other scraps set for the card include Thiago Tavares vs. Sam Stout and Anthony Johnson vs. Vitor Belfort.


MMATraining Take: No complaints here as far as this fight goes with both men being talented competitors in similar positions divisionally. I would be surprised if the bout didn’t go the distance but, regardless, it should still be an entertaining affair.