UFC on FX 7: Thiago Bodao Injured, Caio Magalhaes Steps in vs. Michael Kuiper

McKinley NobleCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

Pictured: Thiago Perpetuo (Photo Credit: UFC/Zuffa)
Pictured: Thiago Perpetuo (Photo Credit: UFC/Zuffa)

An injury to Brazilian prospect Thiago "Bodao" Perpetuo has caused a change for the upcoming UFC on FX 7 event taking place on January 19th in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

According to Gracie Mag (via MMA Fighting), Bodao is out of the match with an undisclosed ailment, which temporarily left Dutch fighter Michael Kuiper without an opponent. However, the gap was reportedly filled in short order by Caio Magalhaes:

BJJ black belt Caio Magalhães replaces Thiago Bodão, injured, faces Michael Kuiper, in UFC, Jan 19, in Sao Paulo. #UFC — GRACIEMAG (@graciemag) December 1, 2012

Bodao previously made his promotional debut at UFC 147 in Minas Gerais, Brazil, defeating fellow countryman Leonardo Mafra via TKO in the third round.

Magalhaes wasn't as lucky in his own UFC debut, suffering his first career defeat against Greg Jackson's MMA fighter Buddy Roberts by unanimous decision at UFC on FX 3. Magalhaes steps into UFC on FX 7 with a 5-1 professional record, with his five-fight winning streak taking placing entirely in Brazil's regional circuit.

UFC on FX 7 is headlined by a main event title eliminator featuring Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping, with the winner expected to vie for a shot at middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Additionally, Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winner Daniel Sarafian faces off against Ultimate Fighter 7 veteran C.B. Dollaway in the co-main event, while Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell supports the main card as the night's only heavyweight bout.