With Brazilian Paulo Thiago being forced out of his UFC 142 fight with Mike Pyle, the UFC had to go out and find a replacement. Instead of plucking someone off the current roster, they reached into the past to a degree. MMA Fighting has the news:
Funch, who is a member of Team Link along with another recent UFC returnee Gabriel Gonzaga, was released by the UFC following an 0-2 stint in 2009-2010. He has competed just once since then, picking up a decision win over Ryan Quinn on a Northeast local card two weeks ago. Pyle is looking to rebound from his first-round TKO loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC 133. He had won three in a row before that bout.