A middleweight matchup between Brazilian slugger Maiquel Falcao (26-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and the always-entertaining Tom Lawlor (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is in the works for UFC 134.
) today confirmed that both competitors have verbally agreed for the amtchup, and bout agreements are expected to be distributed shortly.
UFC 134, originally announced as "UFC: Rio," takes place Aug. 27 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and marks the UFC's first Brazil event since 1998.
It's currently unknown if the bout will factor into UFC 134's televised main card.
Falcao returns to action for the first time since his octagon debut, a UFC 123 win over Gerald Harris. "Big Rig" was expected to take part in this past March's UFC on Versus 3 event, but a lingering hand injury forced him to withdraw from a planned contest with Alessio Sakara.
Falcao brings a nine-fight win streak into the matchup, and all but the UFC performance ended with a first-round stoppage.
Meanwhile, "The Filthy Mauler" looks to build on the momentum of a UFC 121 decision over Patrick Cote. The much-needed result ended a two-fight skid for Lawlor, who had dropped outings with Joe Doerksen and Aaron Simpson in his previous two trips to the cage.
Prior to the setbacks, "The Ultimate Fighter 8" cast member had picked up both a "Fight of the Night" and "Submission of the Night" bonus in wins over C.B. Dollaway and Kyle Kingsbury.
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