While all MMA eyes are focused squarely on this Saturday’s “UFC on FOX” extravaganza, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion is multitasking and filling out the roster for their return trip to Brazil.
Minutes after announcing a lightweight scrap between Sam Stout and Thiago Tavares for UFC 142, the company confirmed a 155-pound shootout with Edson Barboza (Pictured) and Terry Etim would also appear in the same January 14th show.
Barboza owns a perfect 9-0 resume and is one of the hottest up-and-comers in the division. The Brazilian was last seen taking a split decision win over Ross Pearson at UFC 134 in August.
As UFC president Dana White promised over the weekend, Etim will be making a fast turnaround from his quick 17 second submission victory over Eddie Faaloloto at UFC 138. Prior to Saturday’s win, Etim was on the sidelines for 19 months healing his broken rib.
Although an exact city hasn’t been announced for the Octagon’s return to Brazil, the HSBC Arena in Rio de Jenairo is the current frontrunner to play host.
Here is the card’s updated roster:
Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares
Terry Etim vs. Edson Barboza
Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson
Chad Mendes vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)