Ricardo Funch will return to the Octagon against welterweight Mike Pyle and WEC veteran Carlo Prater will debut against featherweight prospect Erick Silva at UFC 142 on January 14 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to MMA Weekly.
Paulo Thiago and Siyar Bahadurzada, Pyle and Silva’s original opponents, were among four fighters forced off the UFC 142 fight card on Friday. Gabriel Gonzaga previously stepped in to face Edinaldo Oliveira at the event.
UFC 142 is headlined by UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes and also features Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony Johnson.
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Pictured: Mike Pyle