Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell targeted for UFC 134 in Brazil - mmajunkie

Posted by chardyboy on Wednesday, May 04, 2011 0 comments

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A welterweight matchup between Paulo Thiago (13-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and David Mitchell (11-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been targeted for August's UFC 134 event.

Thiago confirmed the matchup up with Sherdog, and ( since has confirmed it with sources close to both fighters.

UFC 134, originally announced as "UFC: Rio," takes place Aug. 27 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and marks the UFC's first Brazil event since 1998.

The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, though Thiago vs. Mitchell likely will be part of the preliminary card.

While once of the UFC's most promising 170-pounders, Thiago now finds himself in a must-win situation. After opening his career with a 10-0 record and signing with the UFC, the Brazilian won three of his first four bouts, including high-profile matches with UFC contenders Josh Koscheck and Mike Swick. But he since has dropped decisions to Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez and looks to avoid a three-fight losing streak.

The Brazilian special-forces police officer was slated to fight Johny Hendricks in March but pulled out of the bout due to an elbow injury. He now meets Mitchell, a California-based fighter and Tachi Palace Fights veteran who opened his career with an 11-0 mark to earn a UFC contract. But in his UFC debut back in September, he suffered a decision loss to T.J. Waldburger at UFC Fight Night 22.

Mitchell had been slated to fight Swick in January at UFC Fight Night 23, but both fighters pulled out of the event due to injuries.

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