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Paulo Thiago, Rousimar Palhares latest Brazilians looking towards UFC Rio

The UFC’s forthcoming foray into Rio de Janeiro took another step towards finalization today when news surfaced of two more Brazilians filling individual slots on the August 27 line-up. While neither man has been officially announced for the event, it appears Rousimar Palhares and Paulo Thiago will likely be slated for action at UFC Rio according to reliable sources with a bout already in place for the latter.

A report on Sherdog confirmed Thiago’s participation and expected opponent in the form 11-1 David Mitchell based on a conversation with the Brazilian law officer.

Thiago hasn’t fought since October with back-to-back decision losses in his previous pair of outings. He is 13-3 with eight submission wins while Mitchell boasts a similar feat with nine subs in his eleven total victories.

Meanwhile, Tatame relayed word of Palhares’ presence after the submission savvy powerhouse’s coach, former UFC middleweight champ Murilo Bustamante, alluded to the possibility on Twitter.

If the 12-3 “Toquinho” does indeed receive the opportunity to compete in front of his countrymen at UFC Rio he will look to build on a second round Heel Hook win over Dave Branch at UFC Live 3 in March. The submission marked his fifth by way of the technique in nine total tap-outs.

UFC Rio is set to feature what should be a number of exciting affairs including co-headlining tilts between 185-pound king Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami, as well as former light heavyweight champions Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Forrest Griffin battling it out in front of the Brazilian crowd.



    Palhares is going to be a champion-mark my words

  • stone says:

    This RIO card kicks ass!… Hope it stays injured free!


    In total agreement-

  • Rece Rock says:

    Paulo Thiago seemed to have gotten a down grade of an opponent… perhaps they just want to give Paulo a chance to get on track

  • MCM says:

    Possibly Rece. But wasn’t Paulo considered a down grade for Kos? Mitchell seems legit. His first UFC fight was supposed to be Swick, so is sounds like the UFC had/has hopes for him. From what little I could find, he’s supposed to be an excellent grappler so Paulo and him should give the BJJ heavy audience a show.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I love Paulo’s bjj but as he showed in the first round against Sanchez he can hag with anybody- but his conditioning needs some work before he will be able to take out the top tier guys.


    Palhares is going to take out whoever he is facing-As far as Paulo goes-his weakness is his conditioning-most likely due to the fact that he is a swat team member


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