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Bahadurzada vs. Silva, Maldonado vs. Nedkov set for UFC 142 in Brazil

The UFC has set a pair of match-ups with Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Erick Silva and Fabio Maldonado vs. Stanislov Nedkov for UFC 142 in Brazil.

Former Shooto light-heavyweight champion Siyar Bahadurzada will be making his UFC debut against impressive Brazilian prospect Erick Silva when the UFC returns to Rio. The Kabul-born fighter is currently riding a five-fight winstreak in which he has knocked out four of his last five fighters. Silva was last seen destroying Luis Ramos at UFC 134.

Fabio Maldonado is coming off a bloody war against Kyle Kingsbury at The Ultimate Fighter 13 finale. Maldonado will face Bulgarian Stanislov Nedkov at UFC 142. Nedkov is coming off a come from behind first round victory at UFC 134 against Luis Cane.

UFC 142 is scheduled for January 14 at the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro. The event is expected to be headlined by a featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes and co-headlined by a bout between Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson.

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