MMAJunkie.com is reporting that a welterweight match up between Johny Hendricks and Paulo Thiago have verbally agreed to face one another on the upcoming UFC on Versus 3 fight card.
Paul Thiago made his name at UFC 95 in 2009 with a spectacular one-punch knockout of Josh Koscheck in his UFC debut, but then had his momentum slowed after losing a unanimous decision to Koscheck’s teammate Jon Fitch. From there Thiago would bounce back with a decision win over Jacob Volkmann and a submission win over another American Kickboxing Academy fighter in Mike Swick. However, Thiago would stumble again by posting two unanimous decision losses in a row, to Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez. Holding a record of 13-3 and black belts in both judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the Brazilian BOPE (Brazilian SWAT) officer likely knows that a third consecutive loss could spell the end of his current run in the UFC, thanks to the cutthroat roster trimming brought about by the WEC merger.
A former NCAA Division-1 wrestling champion, 27-year old Johny Hendricks boasts a professional record of 9-1, with a UFC record of 4-1. Hendricks graduated from fighting in the WEC in 2009, when he made his UFC debut against Amir Sadollah at UFC 101: Declaration. He would go on to win that bout by first round TKO and would then defeat Ricardo Funch, TJ Grant and Charlie Brenneman in consecutive bouts. The former Oklahoma State University grappler posted his first loss last year, dropping a unanimous decision against Rick Story at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale. He last appeared in the cage against Story, on December 4th of last year.
UFC on Versus 3, also titled UFC LIVE: Sanchez vs. Kampmann will take place this March 3rd at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky and will air live on the Versus network.