Seemingly on the brink of getting cut by the UFC on a number of occasions, Paulo Thiago has surprisingly been given a new four-fight deal by the promotion. After suffering a decision loss to short notice opponent Gasan Umalatov at the TUF Brazil 3 Finale in May, Thiago has now lost six of his last eight, two of which being first round (T)KOs. MMAFighting’s Guillherme Cruz was the first to report the news.
Best known for his knockout win over Josh Koscheck in his UFC debut, the future looked bright for Thiago. However, he has since shown inconsistency, going 4-7 since that win. This streak is even worse when considering six of those losses have come in his last eight, which includes unranked fighters such as Gasan Umalatov and Siyar Bahadurzada, and lightweight fighter Diego Sanchez.
To add fuel to the fire, fellow welterweight Ben Askren wasn’t offered a deal by the UFC due to being ‘unproven’, despite going 13-0, winning the Bellator welterweight strap and finishing his last three opponents.
Not only is it surprising that Paulo Thiago was not cut following a lacklustre display against a short notice opponent in Gasan Umalatov, but he has been offered a new deal by the UFC which may see him appear in the Octagon four more times. Albeit a notable fighter in Brazil, Thiago has struggled to refind the form which earned him three wins in his first four Octagon appearances.
Now 33 and 15-7 as a professional, the Brazilian has been offered a surprising lifeline and will hope to prove doubters wrong with a win in his next Octagon appearance. Thiago’s next fight has yet to be announced, though some fans on the underground have called for Thiago to drop to lightweight after going 2-6 in eight at welterweight.