UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold, has a couple of new bouts added to the line-up as the UFC has booked a lightweight tilt between Mike Rio and Francisco Trinaldo and a light heavyweight fight between Fabio Maldonado and Roger Hollett.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort will face Stikeforce’s last middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in the main event in the UFC’s return to Brazil and it is scheduled to take place on May 18th, 2013 from Arena Jaragua in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.
Now this event has a new pair of bouts as a supporting cast.
Mike Rio, who participated in the 15th season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, will be making his return for his second official UFC bout since defeating John Cofer at the “TUF” 16 Finale. Rio was injured while on the show and was unable to compete on his season’s finale, thus delaying his UFC debut, which he eventually made at the “TUF” 16 Finale last December. Rio is on a three fight win streak and he’ll look to move it to four against Francisco Trinaldo.
Francisco Trinaldo, also member of “TUF Brazil”, looks to make it two in a row with the promotion after splitting a pair of wins with a loss to fellow Brazilian lightweight Gleison Tibau by unanimous decision. Trinaldo’s record stands at 12-2 with his other loss coming to top bantamweight Yuri Alcantara. He should have no shame there at all and is 6-1 since that defeat.
Fabio Maldonado is entering this bout with his back against the wall to some degree, racking up three straight losses. Another loss could very well mean his job with the promotion, considering the releases currently taking place with the UFC. If Maldonado does lose this next bout, he’ll definitely go out on his shield as he shown before the immense size of his heart, particularly in the TKO doctor stoppage loss to rising light heavyweight Glover Teixeira. Maldonado is superb boxer with a technique-first mentality with a 22-0 pro boxing record, thus is it no secret he will be looking to keep this fight with Roger Hollet on the feet.
Roger Hollet will be looking for his first UFC victory as he’s coming off a loss against Matt Hamill at UFC 152. Hollet is a Bellator and MFC veteran with a record of 13-4 and his specialty is also the stand up, having an extensive background in boxing and kickboxing. Hollet was on a five fight win streak before losing to Hamill.