Today official announcement was made that Rousimar Toquinho’s name has been added to the card for the January 14 UFC show in Rio, where he will take on Mike Massenzio.
Toquinho is coming off an August win over Dan Miller on the UFC’s last trip to Rio. On the occasion, the black belt came close to cinching the win by knockout but stopped short for a premature victory celebration, without the referee having called an end to the bout. “He yelled, so I thought it was over,” he later explained. After starting up again, Toquinho continued to dictate the pace and, despite getting put through the wringer in the third round, held out for the unanimous decision.
Now Massenzio is on his second tour of the UFC, holding two wins and two losses overall under the promotional banner.
According to website MMABay.com, another matchup that has been verbally agreed to pits Rob Broughton against promotional-first-timer Ednaldo Oliveira. Rob is coming off back to back losses in the UFC heavyweight division, while Lula has amassed 15 wins, eight knockouts and no losses (watch Lula in action below).
Check out the provisional card for the second UFC in Rio de Janeiro:
UFC Rio 142
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Saturday, January 14, 2012
José Aldo vs Chad Mendes
Vitor Belfort vs Anthony Johnson
Terry Etim vs Edson Junior
Rousimar Toquinho vs Mike Massenzio
Stanislav Nedkov vs Fabio Maldonado
Erick Silva vs Siyar Bahadurzada
Sam Stout vs Thiago Tavares
Rob Broughton vs Ednaldo Lula