According to MMAJunkie.com, UFC welterweight fighters Ricardo “Big Dog” Almeida and Mike “Quicksand” Pyle will be squaring off this coming March at UFC 128. The two fighters have verbally agreed to face one another and the bout agreements are expected to be signed shortly.
MMA veteran Mike Pyle will be looking to make it three in a row with a win against Almeida; the Xtreme Couture-trained bruiser is currently riding a two-fight winning streak with recent victories over Jesse Lennox and John Hathaway providing him with an advantage in momentum. The 35-year old holds a record of 20-7-1 and can claim wins over the likes of Jon Fitch, Shonie Carter, Gustavo Machado, Chris Wilson and Hathaway. He most recently appeared in action this past October, where he took home a dominant unanimous decision win over talented up-and-comer John Hathaway.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu expert Ricardo Almeida recently rebounded from a disappointing submission loss to former UFC welterweight champ Matt Hughes by defeating TJ Grant by unanimous decision. The loss to Hughes–which was to serve as a revenge bout since Hughes defeated Almeida’s instructor, Renzo Gracie, some months earlier–snapped a three-fight winning streak which Almeida had built up by taking out Matt Horwich, Kendall Grove, and Matt Brown. The former middleweight holds a professional record of 13-4.
UFC 128 has yet to be officially announced by the UFC, but is expected to take place on March 19th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.