An odd story has unraveled around UFC welterweight Paulo Thiago heading into UFC On FX 8: Belfort Vs Rockhold. Thiago was Lance Benoist but Benoist was forced off of the card with an injury. UFC newcomer Michel ‘Trator’ dos Prazeres stepped in to take the fight on a months notice and prevented the bout from being scrapped. Thiago, who has moved his camp ahead of this bout, is a B.O.P.E / police officer in Brazil, and that also happens to be the profession of his new opponent. Check out the interview below where Thiago explains how it will be fun to fight a fellow officer and how the his preparation heading into this weekend’s card has gone.
UFC On FX 8: Belfort Vs Rockhold takes place on on May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil. Middleweights Vitor Belfort and former Strikeforce Champion Luke Rockhold will meet in the main event.
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