The UFC added two lightweight bouts today for January’s UFC 142 that takes place at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena. After returning to Brazil after nearly 13 years in August the promotion returns for the second time in just five months.
After needing only 17 seconds to submit Edward Faaloloto on the main card of last week’s UFC 138, Terry Etim (15-3) makes a quick return to action. The Liverpool native fought with the home field advantage, but he’ll play the part of villain next time out. That’s because his next opponent will be the undefeated Brazilian Edson Barboza (9-0), who recently defeated Ross Pearson at UFC 134 by unanimous decision.
The second lightweight bout will see Sam Stout (17-6-1) make his first appearance since the passing of his trainer and brother-in-law Shawn Tompkins. Stout withdrew from his UFC 137 bout with Dennis Siver following the unexpected death of Tompkins and was replaced by Donald Cerrone. Standing across from Stout will be the Brazilian Thiago Tavares (16-4-1) who also fought at the UFC 134 in Brazil, defeating Spencer Fisher. With six fight of the night honors between these two it’s hard to believe this fight will have a dull moment.
Where both of these fight fit on the card is yet to be determined as the card is still in the preliminary stages of putting together. Other bouts that have been confirmed for UFC 142 are Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson and a featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.
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