UFC welterweight Paulo Thiago started his career out as an intimidating force, racking up a 13-1 mark in his first fourteen fights including success against Mike Swick, Jacob Volkmann, and Josh Koscheck. However, the well-rounded Brazilian has taken a major slide as of late, falling short in four of his last five scraps. Though Thiago was poised to get things back on track next month at UFC on FX 8 with a winnable bout against Lance Benoist (6-2), it looks like he will now receive a stiffer challenge than originally expected.
According to SporTV, Benoist has withdrawn from the May 18 match-up due to injury and newcomer Michel Richard dos Prazeres will serve as his replacement. UFC officials have yet to confirm the change.
Dos Prazeres holds an overall record of 16-0 with eight submissions under his belt. Interestingly enough, Thiago has never been tapped out, making for an interesting dynamic in their upcoming effort.
Thiago-Dos Prazeres is set to unfold on the Fuel TV preliminary portion of the Brazil-bound card. UFC on FX 8 is headlined by a bout between middleweights Vitor Belfort-Luke Rockhold and also features action including Evan Dunham-Rafael Dos Anjos and Ronaldo Souza-Costa Philippou.
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