For the second time in less than five months the Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to Brazil on Jan. 14 with UFC 142. The card will take place at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and will feature a featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes in the main event.
In addition, the UFC confirmed Monday via their website two new bouts have been added to the card.
UFC President Dana White said he had verbal agreements from former Shooto Champion and Golden Glory fighter Siyar Bahadurzada (20-4-1), who is making his UFC debut, to take on Team Nogueira’s Erick Silva (13-1, 1 NC) in a welterweight match-up.
“Siyar the Great” is currently riding a six-fight win streak and has not lost since he was submitted by Jorge Santiago in the semifinal round of Sengoku’s middleweight grand prix in 2008. The 27-year-old Bahadurzada has knocked out five of his last six opponents. In March, he scored a first round TKO over John Alessio at Ultimate Glory 13 in Belgium.
Erick Silva’s lone professional loss came via unanimous decision back in 2006. Since then, he has reeled off nine straight victories (and one no contest). He made a successful debut with the promotion in August with a first round TKO win over Luis Ramos at UFC 134.
The 29-year-old Nedkov boasts a perfect 12-0 record, with 6 wins via knockout and 4 via submission. He made his UFC debut in August in the UFC’s last trip to Brazil, scoring a first round TKO win over hard-hitting veteran Luiz Cane.
Maldonado, 31, is a Team Nogueira brown belt. He is 1-1 thus far inside the UFC Octagon. In Oct. 2010, in his UFC debut, he scored a third round TKO win over TUF 10 veteran James McSweeney at UFC 120.
Maldonado last fought in June, dropping a unanimous decision to Kyle Kingsbury at the TUF 13 Finale. It was Maldonado’s first loss in 12 fights. See ProMMAnow.com’s (www.prommanow.com) Upcoming Events page for the full UFC 142 fight card line-up as it stands.