Raulian Paiva


Returning in May
February 12, 2021
Paiva (knee) will face David Dvorak in a flyweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for May 22, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Paiva underwent surgery on his ACL in September but will return to the Octagon in May. He most recently defeated Zhalgas Zhumagulov via unanimous decision at UFC 251 in July. Dvorak has won his last 16 fights, most recently defeating Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision in September. The two fighters are even in height, but Paiva has an advantage in reach.
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Undergoing knee surgery
September 12, 2020
Paiva is set to undergo surgery on his ACL and will no longer fight Amir Albazi on Oct. 31 Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
It's not clear how long the Brazilian will be sidelined, but ACL procedures generally require eight to 12 months of recovery time. Paiva has gone 2-2 since signing his UFC contract in August of 2018.
Facing Albazi in October
August 18, 2020
Paiva (20-3-0) is scheduled to face Amir Albazi (13-1-0) in a flyweight fight set for Oct. 31 at the UFC event in Las Vegas, Marcelo Barone of GloboEsporte.com reports.
Paiva has gone 2-2 since earning a UFC contract in August 2018 via Dana White's Contender Series, with both of the victories coming in his last two fights. He'll have his work cut out for him in his matchup with Albazi, who defeated Malcolm Gordon via triangle choke in his promotional debut back on July 18.
Wins after missing weight
July 11, 2020
Paiva defeated Zhalgas Zhumagulov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 251 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
It was a pretty underwhelming performance for Paiva considering he missed weight by three pounds on Friday. This was a close, back-and-forth affair that could have gone either way. Paiva started quickly before fading. He appeared to have a significant speed advantage in the early going, but Zhumagulov quietly worked his way back into the fight. When all was said and done, Zhumagulov finished with a 73-56 edge in total strikes landed. To Pavia's credit, his takedown defense held up. He allowed just two successful attempts on eleven tries for Zhumagulov and that may very well have earned him the decision. Whether or not he actually deserved it is another matter entirely. The Brazilian is a talented fighter, but he needs to get his weight cut under control before he can be taken seriously at flyweight. His UFC record improves to 2-2.
Still fighting at UFC 251
July 10, 2020
Paiva will still face Zhalgas Zhumagulov in a flyweight matchup at UFC 251 on Saturday despite missing weight by three pounds, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Paiva weighed in at 129 pounds on Friday morning, three pounds over the flyweight limit for a non-title fight. The fight will still go on as planned, but Paiva will forfeit 20 percent of his fight purse to Zhumagulov to compensate for the miss. Paiva remains a betting favorite of approximately (-170) as of early Friday morning.
Comes in three pounds heavy
July 10, 2020
Paiva weighed in at 129 pounds Friday for his scheduled flyweight matchup against Zhalgas Zhumagulov, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
This is a bad miss for Paiva, who checked in three pounds over the flyweight limit for a non-title fight. With just over an hour remaining for weigh-ins, it's unclear if this fight will proceed with Paiva forfeiting a percentage of his fight purse. His opponent has since weighed in successfully, making the flyweight limit of 126 pounds. Paiva is currently listed as a (-175) betting favorite for the matchup, should it proceed as scheduled.