Another thick-skinned black belt from the Brazilian state of Ceará, Caio Magalhães will be making his UFC debut on June 8 against also-first-timer Buddy Roberts, 29, at the UFC on FX 3 show, and he knows just how he wants to put the assortment of Jiu-Jitsu attacks he has at his disposal into practice: landing on top and passing guard. “I’m going to take him down and run him over,” Magalhães told GRACIEMAG.com with confidence.
The best part for GRACIEMAG.com readers is that the UFC newcomer doesn’t hid his game. “To pass guard, the trick is to keep balance and never let your opponent be at ease. You can’t let him feel good; you have to keep the pressure on him,” explained the Brazilian, who was supposed to have faced Fabio Maldonado at UFC Rio, who ended up getting injured shortly before the show.
Originally signed by the UFC to fight at light heavyweight, Caio has now dropped a weight division to fight at middleweight. Now Buddy Roberts holds a record of 11 wins in 13 career fights, while Caio hasn’t lost in his five-fight career.
Both fighters were meant to have debuted in MMA’s most recognized cage, but injuries to their opponent delayed their appearances. “Now everything is going to work out, I’m happy again. I don’t like training myself to death and then not get to fight. These last four months have gone like that; I’ve been training like mad,” he said.
Other bouts set for the same occasion have also-Ceará native Carlos Eduardo “Tá Danado” taking on the USA’s Mike Pierce, the rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall, and Dustin Pague facing Jared Papazian. Now Erick Silva will face Charlie Brenneman and Eddie Wineland will square off with Scott Jorgensen, while Bernardo Trekko will be trying for his first win in the UFC when he takes on Henry Martinez.
UFC on FX 3
June 8, 2012
Ian McCall vs Demetrious Johnson
Erick Silva vs Charlie Brenneman
Eddie Wineland vs Scott Jorgensen
Jared Papazian vs Dustin Pague
Josh Neer vs Mike Pyle
Leonard Garcia vs Matt Grice
Mike Pierce vs Carlos Eduardo Rocha
Seth Baczynski vs Lance Benoist
Caio Magalhães vs Buddy Roberts
Bernardo Trekko Magalhães vs Henry Martinez