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
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