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The next UFC Rio card is rapidly filling up, and the latest addition is a fighter who got one of the biggest crowd reactions at the last event in August: Paulo Thiago, who will meet Mike Pyle at the January 14th event, according to Tatame:
The "Elite Squad" will attack again at UFC Rio (142), on January 14th of 2012, at HSBC Arena. Sources close to the situation told TATAME on Tuesday that Paulo Thiago, who made the fans go crazy when defeated David Mitchell, on August, is set to battle Mike Pyle on the next edition of the event in Rio.
Thiago is one of the most popular fighters in Brazil, mainly due to his day job as a member of the elite BOPE police force. Although Thiago's found mixed success in the UFC's welterweight ranks, it can't be denied that he's fought some of the stiffest competition out there. Pyle, meanwhile, is looking to rebound after an unsuccessful attempt to derail the Rory MacDonald hype trail left him suffering a brutal first-round TKO back in August. "Quicksand" had been on a three-fight winning streak prior to that.
Paulo Thiago (14-3)
W David Mitchell (unam. decision) - 134
L Diego Sanchez (unam. decision) - UFC 121
L Martin Kampmann (unam. decision) - UFC 115
Mike "Quicksand" Pyle (21-8-1)
L Rory MacDonald (TKO) - UFC 133
W Ricardo Almeida (unam. decision) - UFC 128
W John Hathaway (unam. decision) - UFC 120