Welterweights Paulo Thiago (14-5 MMA, 4-5 UFC) and Lance Benoist (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) are the latest additions to UFC on FX 8.
MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps
) confirmed their booking with a source close to the event following an initial report from esportes.br.msn.com.
UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The event's main card airs live on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
The placement of Thiago vs. Benoist on the fight card isn't yet known.
Both welterweights are in dire need of a win inside the octagon. Thiago, who four years ago announced his arrival in the octagon with a fierce knockout of Josh Koscheck, is 1-4 in his past five outings. A decision win over David Mitchell at UFC 134 is bookended by losses to Dong Hyun Kim, Siyar Bahadurzada, Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann.
Another loss would most certainly signal a pink slip for the member of Brazil's special police force.
Benoist, meanwhile, has dropped his past two bouts following a decision win over Matthew Riddle in his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 25, which resulted in a "Fight of the Night" bonus. Decision losses to Seth Baczynski and Sean Pierson broke his undefeated streak of six pro fights.
The latest UFC on FX 8 card now includes:
Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham
Lance Benoist vs. Paulo Thiago
Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker