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Paulo Thiago Gets a Tryout at UFC 95, Not a Contract


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Yesterday we relayed news that undefeated Brazilian fighter Paulo Thiago is getting his shot in the UFC against Josh Koscheck at UFC 95 in London.  It’s a tough first fight in the Octagon, but hey, the UFC isn’t the place for you if you’re only interested in easy fights.  

Turns out, however, that this isn’t the first fight in a three-fight deal for Thiago; it’s the only fight in a one-fight deal.  The UFC has signed him to the rare one-off contract, presumably so they won’t have to cut him when he loses to Koscheck.  Thiago says he’s hopeful that a good performance will lead to a longer contract, and that’s looking on the bright side, all right.  If he wins, he can ask for more money when he does actually sign a contract.  

But at the same time this is not a vote of confidence from the UFC.  Sounds like a longshot to stick around.  But you know who else was a longshot?  Rocky.  Although on second thought, Rocky lost, so he might have been cut after the first fight with Apollo.  Then we’d never have seen this.

Just please nobody tell Fedor and his management team that somebody is getting a one-off deal in the UFC.  They will freak right the hell out.

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Anonymous- February 21, 2009 at 5:40 pm
oh and koszheck got his ass beat you know nothing meat swallowers
Anonymous- February 21, 2009 at 5:38 pm
you fuckin douche bags that watch the tuf show shouldnt be commenting about anything,you wanna be mma fighters know nothing other than getting anal by a big black guy
Anonymous- February 15, 2009 at 3:42 pm


Paulo Thiago's contract is not a one fight deal.

I am Paulo Thiago's manager and this news are not accurate.
I would also like to add that UFC was the best thing ever happened to the MMA business it has created opportunities for many fighters and trainners and even managers to have a better life,has created many jobs on MMA web sites magazines and television and has brought the sport to another level.I would ask the fans of MMA to be supportive of the event which has improved the lives of so many people .

Wallid Ismail
wallid ismail- January 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm
Paulo Thiago's contract is not a one fight deal.

I am Paulo Thiago's manager and this news are not accurate.
I would also like to add that UFC was the best thing ever happened to the MMA business it has created opportunities for many fighters and trainners and even managers to have a better life,has created many jobs on MMA web sites magazines and television and has brought the sport to another level.I would ask the fans of MMA to be supportive of the event which has improved the lives of so many people .

Wallid Ismail

AussieJosh- January 6, 2009 at 9:01 pm
The diffrence between Fador and a one fight contract deal and Thiago and a one fight contract deal is the UFC will pay Thiago SHIT money like they do most of there fighters. but Dana would have to pay Fador the money he deserves! and that means 2 less Ferraris for Dana!
Anonymous- January 6, 2009 at 6:39 pm
Paulo Thiago's contract is not a one fight deal.

I am Paulo Thiago's manager and this news are not accurate.
I would also like to add that UFC was the best thing ever happened to the MMA business it has created opportunities for many fighters and trainners and even managers to have a better life,has created many jobs on MMA web sites magazines and television and has brought the sport to another level.I would ask the fans of MMA to be supportive of the event which has improved the lives of so many people .

Wallid Ismail
wallid ismail- January 6, 2009 at 6:35 pm
Paulo Thiago's contract is not a one fight deal.

I am Paulo Thiago's manager and this news are not accurate.
I would also like to add that UFC was the best thing ever happened to the MMA business it has created opportunities for many fighters and trainners and even managers to have a better life,has created many jobs on MMA web sites magazines and television and has brought the sport to another level.I would ask the fans of MMA to be supportive of the event which has improved the lives of so many people .

Wallid Ismail
Criminally Negligent - January 6, 2009 at 1:28 pm
I don't see the point in only signing him to a one fight deal. Sign him to a multi-fight deal and if he loses you cut him. What do you lose? the postage on the cut letter? But if he wins you pretty much have to sign him cause he just beat a top ten fighter but now you will definitely have to pay him more. I don't see the upside for the UFC here...
Anonymous- January 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm
WOW TB I HOPE YOUR RIGHT!!
Sodak- January 6, 2009 at 12:21 pm
i hope koscheck gets his ass kicked then Thiago leaves the ufc, i actually like watching koscheck fight because i want him to lose so bad i'm an instant fan of whoever he's fighting. Fedors gonna walk through arlovski quick sub, barnett will be a bit tougher.
Dynamite!!- January 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm
who would destroy fedor? nobody.
al turk, couture, dos santos, gonzaga, hardonk, kongo, mir, carwin and lesnar would all lose to fedor while he's double fisting ice cream cones.
Anonymous- January 6, 2009 at 11:57 am
Who would destroy Fedor? I'm curious to hear this.
TB- January 6, 2009 at 11:54 am
Fedor is going to lose to Arlovski on the 24th. It's going to take all of these "best heavyweight" arguments and shit on them.

Arlovski will then come back to the UFC and lose.

I hate these "UFC is losing credibility" comments. Fedor would get destroyed in the UFC. I'm not saying he sucks, I just don't think he is the best heavyweight in the world and time will prove me wrong or right.... what am I talking about, I am never wrong
Anonymous- January 6, 2009 at 11:42 am
Jugger:

Your point is correct, but only goes to show exactly why having Fedor in the UFC is necessary. This guy would be champ right away. He's clearly the best in the world at heavyweight. Not having him in the UFC hurts the credibility of the organization and they're claim to having the best fighters in the world.

Are we talking about the actual best fighters in the world, or guys that Dana White found, put on a reality show, tied into bad contracts and marketed to the public as if they were the best?
NealTaflinger- January 6, 2009 at 11:36 am
I didn't know Ivan Draggo endorsed Versaclimber.
Jugger- January 6, 2009 at 11:32 am
Um, hey morons.

You give 1 fight deals to no-name fighters with very little experience that are stepping into a stacked division.

You DON'T give 1 fight deals to the best pound-for-pound heavyweight in the world who only has to beat Frank Mir or Brock Lesnar to take hold of the title.

Sorry, just stating the glaringly obvious.
Canadian Hoser- January 6, 2009 at 11:28 am
Listen here:
On the night mir is gonna fight lesnar let ffffing fedor fight them both on the same night. Dana if you want 2 million ppv buys then make it happen, you wouldn't have to give away 1/3 of your tickets either. Make it happen or you will be called a pussy for the rest of your miserable life. you could probably charge $74.99 for the ppv.
Bas Rutten- January 6, 2009 at 11:27 am
"Canadian Hoser Says: you could probably charge $74.99 for the ppv" please dont say that.
watch arlovski 360- January 6, 2009 at 11:27 am
if that was the case, fedor would probably still be the heavy favorite
Dynamite!!- January 6, 2009 at 11:09 am
so if someone beats the hater hurter, i guess theyre the hater hurter hurter
B- January 6, 2009 at 11:07 am
Also it isn't likely that Paulo will ever be the WW champ. Fedor would definitely be the Champ. Big difference.
B- January 6, 2009 at 11:06 am
I swear all Brazilian names are composed of some mix between Paulo/Silva/Thiago/Marcelo.
Dynamite!!- January 6, 2009 at 11:04 am
maybe this will open up an opportunity for fedor eventually.
combine the tournament!
bfowlkes- January 6, 2009 at 11:03 am
Ah, I forgot about Bruno's loss to Wilson.  Guess I just wanted to reference The Hater Hurter again.  Thanks for pointing that out, guys. 
Anonymous- January 6, 2009 at 11:03 am
steve bruno's first fight in the ufc was a hard fought 3 round decision loss to chris wilson.
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