Yesterday we reported that a match between T.J. Dillashaw and Raphael Assuncao was on tap for Fight Night 29, and we’ve received news that three more fights have been scheduled as well.
Hacran Dias v. Rodrigo Damm
After being removed from competition in TUF: Brazil due to a health scare, Rodrigo Damm went on to win his octagon debut at UFC 147 in impressive fashion, earning “submission of the night” honors. He’s been involved in close fights in each of his last two outings, going 1-1 in the split decision affairs. He will face a challenge in fellow Brazilian Hacran Diaz, who had an impressive UFC debut of his own in earning a decision victory over high-ranked Yuri Alcantara. Diaz lost just the second fight of his career in his last bout against Nik Lentz, and looks to regain his footing in the stacked UFC featherweight division.
Joey Beltran v. Fabio Maldonado
The “Mexicutioner” earned an emotionally charged victory over Igor Pokrajac in his last fight, only to see the win overturned by a positive drug test. Beltran will once again find himself in must-win territory, with just one loss and one no-contest in his second stint with the UFC. The resilient Fabio Maldonado will welcome him to Brazil, looking to build on his first career UFC victory over Roger Hollett in his last outing. Maldonado is known for his ability to take tremendous punishment, as he was able to survive ten minutes of bludgeoning at the hands of Glover Teixeira. After dropping his first three UFC bouts, the UFC decided to retain his services due to his exciting, brawling style, but he will need to find consistency if he hopes to stay with the promotion on a long-term basis.
Thiago Silva v. Matt Hamill
Matt Hamill ended his retirement nearly a year ago, earning a lackluster unanimous decision victory over Roger Hollet that had few clamoring for his return. He has the opportunity to redeem himself in Brazil, as he takes on the always dangerous Thiago Silva. After starting his UFC career with four straight stoppage victories, failed drug tests and losses to Rashad Evans and Alexander Gustafsson derailed all of his momentum. He holds two “no-contests” in his last four contests, each of which should have resulted in an impressive victory. He still has the ability to finish any opponent he faces, but had just one win in his last six performances heading into his last fight against former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Raphael Cavalcante. He rebounded with his impressive knockout victory over Cavalcante, which earned him both “knockout of the night” and “fight of the night” honors, and he will look to continue this momentum with a victory over Hamill in his home country.
UFC Fight Night 29 will air live from Barueri, Brazil on October 9, 2013.