Paulo Thiago def. David Mitchell via unanimous decision at UFC 134 on Aug. 27, 2011 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image via Esther Lin of MMA Fighting
Everyone's favorite military police officer (and eagle), Paulo Thiago, is prepping in Brasilia for his UFC on Fuel 2 fight with the debuting Siyar Bahadurzada. He spoke to Tatame about his policing duties in Rio de Janeiro, and also discussed his upcoming bout:
I’ll fight on April 14th, in Sweden, against Siyar Baharduzada. He’s having his UFC debut but people say good things about him. He’s really tough, he is a champion in other events, and he’s experienced. I’m really confident and I’ve never done such a good preparation in Brasilia, I’m feeling great and I’m going for the win, absolutely. I want to get this win for the Brazilians, especially my sponsored ones here at Borel, also the kids I’ve met at Del Castilho’s school. There’s a little girls whose birthday is the same day I’m fighting at, so I told her I would dedicate it to her. And that’s it: I’m well trained and I’ll do a good fight.
Here's what he had to say specifically about his his opponent:
I’ve watched his fights many times. I know he wants to stand-up and has strong hands, but he also has some flaws. I believe I can stand-up against him and I believe my ground game is better than his. Let’s see what happens, but I’m prepared to fight him both on our feet and on the ground.
While it's true that Thiago definitely has the advantage on the ground, I'm not so sure he can hang with Siyar on the feet for a long period of time. It should be an excellent bout either way though.