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Former champion Johny Hendricks set to meet Brazil's Paulo Borrachinha at UFC 217

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It may not be Vitor Belfort, but up-and-comer Paulo Borrachinha has managed to land himself another ex-champ.

The Brazilian middleweight meets former welterweight titleholder Johny Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC) at UFC 217, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The matchup, which was confirmed by MMAjunkie with Borrachinha’s (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) camp, was first reported by Combate.com. UFC officials have not made a formal announcement of the booking.

Hendricks will look to untie the 1-1 record that he’s amassed since moving up to the UFC’s middleweight division. After a decision win over Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 105, Hendricks was knocked out by Tim Boetsch in the second round of their UFC Fight Night 112 encounter.

It’s a delicate moment for the 33-year-old fighter. After multiple issues making the 170-pound limit, he also failed to make weight for his 185-pound bout with Boetsch. Hendricks, who beat fellow ex-champ Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 to earn the vacant 170-pound title, was on a three-fight skid before the move up.

Paulo Borrachinha

Borrachinha, in turn, comes impressive off back-to-back UFC wins – which cap off an undefeated professional record. The 25-year-old fighter followed a quick knockout over Garreth McLellan, at UFC Fight Night 106, with another TKO, this time over Oluwale Bamgbose, at June’s UFC 212. He has finished all of his fights to date.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Paulo Borrachinha says he was offered Vitor Belfort but thinks UFC vet 'wants an easier fight'

Before he even joined the UFC, middleweight Paulo Borrachinha helped Vitor Belfort prepare for two of his own octagon battles. Now, he wants to meet the veteran inside of it.

The problem is that, according to Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), the desire doesn’t seem mutual. The fighter, who took to social media to ask Belfort (26-13 MMA, 15-10 UFC) to accept a battle at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Canada, guarantees he was actually offered the matchup by the promotion. And he says he agreed in a heartbeat.

While he’s yet to hear a definite no, he has seen some signs. Including an Instagram one, posted shortly before Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum met at last Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25. In it, Belfort said he’d like either a rematch with Gastelum or a meeting with Derek Brunson, referencing only a “beginner” that he was offered.

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“This looks more like an attempt of changing the focus from the fight with me,” Borrachinha told MMAjunkie. “I saw he said he was offered a beginner – as if it wasn’t a good thing for him. But even if it were, I think the fact that he didn’t name me means he doesn’t want to fight me.

“He wants to erase the possibility of this fight happening. I think it’s very hard for this fight to happen, because we can’t make anyone fight. I respect the UFC’s policies, but I think if they’re paying the athlete, they shouldn’t be picking too much. But OK. It looks like he wants an easier fight.”

Reached for comment by MMAjunkie, Belfort’s camp sent the following reply:

“We wish him the best. He’s a kid, just starting out in the sport, with great potential. May he keep his head in place, and have the perseverance and patience to reach his goals.”

Borrachinha is at a much different point of his career than his 40-year-old target. At 26, he’s only had two UFC fights, which cap off an undefeated 10-fight record made up of finishes. Of those, nine were knockouts. After starching his first UFC opponent, Garrett McLellan, at UFC Fight Night 206, he got his second straight TKO over Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC 212.

Belfort, in turn, is coming off his own UFC 212 win – a decision over fellow veteran Nate Marquardt. Despite a rough 1-4 recent patch, Belfort has fought some of the biggest names in the sport throughout his more than 20-year career. He’s held a UFC title and fought for it another three times. And though he’s put the thought on hold, he has flirted with the idea of retirement.

While Borrachinha says he didn’t actively pursue the matchup with the veteran, he’s still quite interested in it. First, he clarifies that he has “nothing personal against” Belfort – in fact, it would be an honor to meet some who’s part of the sport’s history. Also, he’s been asking to get a crack at a top-10 opponent – and No. 11 Belfort (in the official UFC rankings) is close enough.

But there’s more to it.

“I wanted the fight to happen – I still do,” Borrachinha said. “It’s a good fight. He’s a well-known guy. I think I’d beat him, too. Without much difficulty. I think despite the fact he’s very experienced, I think I could beat him in the first round.

“Therefore, I’d like the fight. That’s simply it. But it didn’t come from me. The UFC offered it.”

Borrachinha seems encouraged by what he saw in his contact with the former champion. As Belfort’s camp confirmed with MMAjunkie, the up-and-comer was in fact brought in to help the veteran prepare for his UFC 187 title fight with then-champ Weidman and UFC Fight Night 77’s trilogy fight with Dan Henderson.

“He knows me,” Borrachinha said. “He knows my fight style. Even though we didn’t do any intense sparring there, like what I do here – which is more competitive, heavier training.

“With him, it was lighter training. But we got to know each other well. Know each other’s tools, strengths and weaknesses. Maybe that’s why he turned it down. Who knows.”

In case that fails to materialize, Borrachinha says he doesn’t have any other particular names in mind for his next bout. Given his confidence that it’s time to prove his case in the UFC with a bigger name, he’d like someone in the top-10. But he’ll fight outside of it, too. The same way he’ll fight fellow countrymen – case in point – or whomever else the UFC deems fit.

“I’m not here to turn down fights, to handpick who I will or won’t fight,” Borrachinha said.

He would, however, like to get in another fight before year’s end – the UFC’s next incursion in Brazil, rumored for Oct. 28, seems ideal for his camp efforts. After all, that would fit perfectly with the very specific plan he had laid out for the next 18 months.

“I started in the UFC in March – I fought twice,” Borrachinha said. “I intend to fight once mor this year, that will make it three. Next year, I intend to do four fights. The last one – I want it to be for the belt.

“I know it may look recent, but my division is very volatile. It changes very fast. We just saw Weidman beating Gastelum – He was coming off three straight losses, and I think if he wins one more he will be credentialed to fight for the belt again. I think with those four fights next year I can make it up there to the stab at the belt.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 212 staff picks: Forget the staff – MMAjunkie readers are split like never before

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Aldo
vs.
Holloway
Gadelha
vs.
Kowalkiewicz
Belfort
vs.
Marquardt
Bamgbose
vs.
Borrachinha
Medeiros
vs.
Silva
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 45-33
holloway2017
Holloway
(51%)
kowalkiewicz2017
Kowalkiewicz
(52%)
belfort2017
Belfort
(56%)
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
(61%)
esilva2017
Silva
(51%)
Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 52-26
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 49-29
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 47-25
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aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva
Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 47-31
trophy copy 2016 Champion
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
marquardt2017
Marquardt
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 45-33
trophy copy 2014 Champion
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 45-33
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva
Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 45-33
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 45-33
aldo2017
Aldo
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 42-36
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
medeiros2017
Medeiros
John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 38-40
holloway2017
Holloway
gadelha2017
Gadelha
belfort2017
Belfort
borrachinha2017
Borrachinha
esilva2017
Silva

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

The UFC returns to Brazil on Saturday for UFC 212, which features a featherweight title-unification fight at the top of the card.

UFC 212 takes place Saturday at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) is a narrow 6-4 choice over interim titleholder Max Holloway (17-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC).

Also on the card, Claudia Gadelha (14-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is the unanimous choice over fellow strawweight co-headliner Karolina Kowalkiewicz (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), and Paulo Borrachinha (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the 10-0 pick over middleweight Oluwale Bamgbose (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC).

Additionally, Vitor Belfort (25-13 MMA, 14-10 UFC) is a 9-1 pick over fellow middleweight vet Nate Marquardt (35-17-2 MMA, 13-10 UFC), and Yancy Medeiros (13-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) is the 6-4 choice over fellow welterweight Erick Silva (19-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC).

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Holloway, Kowalkiewicz, Belfort, Borrachinha and Silva are the choices, though the results were awfully close.

Check out all the picks above.

And for more on UFC 212, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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