(I guess it’s true what they say; life imitates art.)
It has recently been reported that a welterweight contest between Paulo Thiago and Mike Pyle has been added to the rapidly awesoming UFC 142 card, which goes down January 14th in Rio. Thiago, a Brazilian superhero of sorts, last competed in the UFC’s return to Brazil at UFC 134, notching a unanimous decision victory over David Mitchell. It was Thiago’s first win in his past three contests, so a win over Pyle is likely necessary if he wants to keep his job that doesn’t involve Brazilian gangs, which, according to this one documentary I saw, are fucking terrifying. Pyle, on the other hand, just saw a three fight win streak (one that included an upset win over British prospect John Hathaway) snapped at the hands of Canadian wrecking machine Rory MacDonald.
Coming off a close decision loss to bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz at UFC on Versus 6, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson will be looking to get back in the win column against the first ever WEC bantamweight champion, Eddie Wineland. Wineland is in a similar position as Thiago, having dropped two straight unanimous decisions to Team Alpha members Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez at UFC 128 and UFC Live: Lytle vs. Hardy, respectively, and will be a huge underdog coming into this bout.
UFC on FOX 2 is set to transpire January 28, 2012 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.