Coming off a resounding upset of welterweight contender Josh Koshcheck, Paulo Thiago will look to add another American Kickboxing Academy welterweight to his list of victims.
According to a report from the Brazilian website Tatame, a welterweight clash between Koshcheck teammate Jon Fitch and Thiago is being discussed for UFC 100, which will take place July 11 in Las Vegas.
Fitch rebounded nicely against Japanese import Akihiro Gono at UFC 94 in January after losing a welterweight title match vs. Georges St. Pierre this past August at UFC 87. Before the loss to St. Pierre, Fitch was riding an amazing 15 fight win streak with eight of those wins coming inside the Octagon.
Fitch’s resume of victories reads as a who’s who of UFC superstars. Since joining the organization in 2005, he has defeated the likes of Brock Larson, Josh Burkman, Thiago Alves and Diego Sanchez.
Thiago (11-0) made his debut at UFC 95 taking on top five welterweight Josh Koshcheck in what many thought was a tuneup fight for The Ultimate Fighter season 1 veteran. Koshcheck,was coming off a brutal knockout of Yoshiyuki Yoshida at the UFC’s special “Fight for the Troops” event in Fayetteville, North Carolina this past December.
The former NCAA All-American wrestler was in control of the fight vs. Thiago pretty until getting caught with an uppercut-left hook combination that sent him sprawling to the canvas. Thiago went in for the finish but the referee called a stop to the contest before he could inflict additional damage. Koshcheck stated afterward that he felt the fight was stopped prematurely.
While the UFC has yet to officially announce any bouts for the card, the show is expected to feature Georges St. Pierre defending the UFC welterweight title vs. number one contender Thiago Alves in addition to the possible Fitch vs. Thiago matchip. Also expected is a head-to-head showdown between rival coaches from the upcoming ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping.
Also possible for UFC 100 is heavyweight title unification bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir that had been scheduled for May 23 at UFC 98 but was postponed due to Mir’s recent knee surgery.
Two other reported matchups include Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jonathan Goulet, Stephan Bonnar vs. Mark Coleman and Matt Grice vs. Shannon Gugerty. According to MMAjunkie.com, negotiations are also taking place regarding a possible middleweight matchup between Yoshihiro Akiyama and Alan Belcher.