Caio Magalhães Joins UFC São Paulo Card, Exits Copa Pódio

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 Caio Monstro vai lutar o  UFC São Paulo, no dia 19 de janeiro. Foto:UFC

Caio Magalhães joins the card for the January 19 UFC in São Paulo. UFC publicity photo.

The Copa Pódio Heavyweight GP suffered a setback not at all unwelcome to the one dropping off the lineup. Brazil’s Caio Magalhães, aka Monstro, was added to the card for UFC São Paulo, to take place January 19 at Ginásio Ibirapuera arena.

Caio steps in for his injured countryman Thiago Bodão against the hard-nosed Michael Kuiper (12v, 1d), who is riding a knockout win over Jared Hamman at UFC 150, in August of this year.

The opportunity serves as a second chance for the Jiu-Jitsu black belt who lost his promotional debut via unanimous decision to Buddy Roberts las June at UFC on FX 3, marking the Brazilians first loss since kicking off his MMA career with five back-to-back wins.

For the January 13 Copa Pódio event Jiu-Jitsu, Caio was set to compete in the yellow group alongside the likes of Rodolfo Vieira, Xande Ribeiro, Alexandre Ceconi and Léo Nogueira. The promoters of Copa Pódio are already looking for a substitute.

What do you say, gentle reader? Who would you like to see join the Heavyweight GP fray now? Comment!

UFC São Paulo
Ginásio Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil
January 19, 2012

Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping

Daniel Sarafian vs. CB Dollaway

Gabriel Napão vs. Ben Rothwell

Tiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Under card

Godofredo Pepey vs. Miltinho Vieira

Andrew Craig vs. Ronny Markes

Diego Nunes vs. Nik Lentz

Justin Salas vs. Edson Barbosa

Michael Kuiper vs. Caio Magalhães

Iuri Marajó vs. George Roop

Roger Hollett vs. Wagner Caldeirão

J. Keith vs. Francisco Massaranduba

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