The UFC has announced today that a welterweight match-up between seasoned competitors Mike Pyle and Paulo Thiago has been set up for the impending UFC 142 fight card.
30-year-old Brazilian fighter Paulo Thiago sports a professional record of 14-3, with his only defeats coming against top-tier competition in Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez. A member of Brazil’s elite BOPE special force police unit, Thiago has earned one of each fight night bonus and owns notable wins over Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick and Jacob Volkmann. In his most recent appearance, at UFC 134 this past August, Thiago rebounded from two straight losses to Sanchez and Kampmann by defeating David Mitchell via unanimous decision.
One of the most decorated veterans in the sport, Mike Pyle has long been described as a killer in the gym who isn’t always able to make things come together in the Octagon. Pyle has fought and defeated the likes of Jon Fitch, John Hathaway and Ricardo Almeida, but recently fell short against rising prospect Rory MacDonald, coming up on the short end of a first-round TKO. The 36-year-old claims a record of 21-8-1 and was riding a three-fight winning streak until he met MacDonald at UFC 133 this past August.
UFC 142 is scheduled to take place on January 14, 2012, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will be headlined by UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes, who will be competing for Aldo’s 145lbs. championship.