Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio Added to UFC 142 in Brazil

Written by Tom Ngo
November 16th, 2011

UFC Middleweight Rousimar Palhares

Despite hosting a major show this Saturday in San Jose, California, the UFC took the time to announce a middleweight bout between Rousimar Palhares and Mike Massenzio for their January 14th event in Brazil.

Palhares returns to his homeland after posting a unanimous decision victory over Dan Miller there at UFC 134 in August. “Toquinho” will be riding a two-fight winning streak into the 185-pound affair.

Massenzio was last seen taking a decision win over Steve Cantwell at UFC 136. He’s alternated between wins and losses over his last four fights.

The UFC is still determining which city and venue will host the fiesta, however Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena is the current frontrunner to win the bid.

A featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes headlines the pay-per-view broadcast.

Here is the card’s updated roster:

Stanislav Nedkov vs. Fabio Maldonado

Mike Massenzio vs. Rousimar Palhares

Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Erick Silva

Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares

Terry Etim vs. Edson Barboza

Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson

Chad Mendes vs. Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion)

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